Professor Paulo Drinot
Professor of Latin American History
On research leave from October 2021 to September 2024
Paulo Drinot studied economic history at the London School of Economics as an undergraduate and an MPhil in Latin American Studies and a DPhil in Modern History at Oxford. He was co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Studies (2014-2018).
Paulo Drinot's main research focus is the history of Peru in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His thematic interests include labour history and state formation, racism and exclusion, gender and sexuality, the social history of medicine, and memory and historiography. He is currently working on a biography of José Carlos Mariátegui, a project supported by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship.
AMER0074 History and Politics of Latin America, c. 1930 to the Present
AMER0070 Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary
AMER0008 From Silver to Cocaine
AMER0027 Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America
Professor Drinot welcomes applications from students interested in PhD research in the following areas:
- Labour and working-class history
- History of gender and sexuality
- History of race and ethnicity
- History of medicine and public health
- History of commodities
- Memory and memorialization
- History of state formation
- History of social policy
- Daniela Belmar Mac-vicar: Love experiences and expectations of men and women in Santiago de Chile (1880-1940)
- Mercedes Crisóstomo: Militant Women in the Peruvian Revolutionary Projects before the Internal Armed Conflict (primary supervisor)
- Fernando Gutiérrez H.: Memory, Attachment and Appropriation of Public Space in Historical Urban Areas in Mexico (joint primary supervisor with Prof Ann Varley).
- Thomas Maier: The Shape of the State to Come: The Social Imagination of the Welfare State and the Transnational Dimension in Argentina, 1930-1952 (primary supervisor)
- Phoebe Martin: The Uses of Writing, Art and Performance to Tackle Cultural Gender Norms in Peru (primary supervisor with Dr Jelke Boesten, KCL)
- Remy Roberts: Postmemory and Political Action: A Comparative Historical Analysis of Argentina and Guatemala (joint primary supervisor with Professor Kevin Middlebrook)
- Marieta Valdivia Lefort: State Project and Education: the construction of national identity and the legitimation of an europeanising memory in Chile (primary supervisor)
Completed PhD students:
- Sarah Fearn: Finding Voice at Last? Institutional Continuity and Change and Indigenous Politics in Peru (subsidiary supervisor - with Professor Kevin Middlebrook)
- Sam Kelly: Ethnicity, Race, and Racism in Contemporary Peruvian Politics: Elections, Stereotypes and Public Images (subsidiary supervisor - with Professor Kevin Middlebrook).
- Carmen Sepulveda Zelaya: The Legal and Political Battles Behind the Distribution of Emergency Contraception in Chile under Ricardo Lagos (2000-2005) and Michelle Bachelet (2006-2010) (subsidiary supervisor - with Professor Maxine Molyneux).
- Daniel Willis: The Testimony of Space: Exploring Sites of Violence and Memory in Peru's Internal Armed Conflict (primary supervisor)
- Maria de Vecchi Gerli: Enforced Disappearances in Mexico (joint primary supervisor with Professor Kevin Middlebrook)
Selected media appearances
Paulo Drinot's NBn interview on his latest book: 'The Sexual Question: A History of Prostitution in Peru 1850s-1950s'. Listen to the interview on NBn (New Books Network) Latin American Studies | July 29, 2020
Paulo Drinot: Una nueva manera de pensar la historia obrera del Peru. Interview for Peru's leading radio network RPP TV programme 'Ampliacion de Noticias' (in Spanish) | June 27 2016
'El Arriero' entrevista a...Paulo Drinot. Interview and talk for Peru's digital broadcaster 'La Mula' (in Spanish), on the topic of Professor Drinot's book 'La Seduccion de la Clase Obrera: Trabajadores, Raza y la Formacion del Estado Peruano' (2016, IEP) | June 20, 2016
Paulo Drinot on 'The Great Depression in Latin America'. Keynote lecture delivered at the inaugural Geopolitical Economy Research Group Conference. Watch video here | September 2015
Paulo Drinot on 'La América Latina de Eric Hobsbawm'. Jueves Historiográficos lecture series at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú (in Spanish). Watch video here | November 19, 2014
More staff media appearances here.