UCL Institute of the Americas


Paulo Drinot

Professor Paulo Drinot
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). 

Research Summary

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.

Teaching Summary


AMER0074 History and Politics of Latin America, c. 1930 to the Present

AMER0070 Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary

Postgraduate Taught:

AMER0040 The Making of Modern Latin America: History, Politics and Society

AMER0008 From Silver to Cocaine

AMER0027 Histories of Exclusion: Race and Ethnicity in Latin America

Research Supervision:

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 
  • Historiography 
  • Memory and memorialization 
  • History of state formation 
  • History of social policy

Current supervision:

  • 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)


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