UCL Institute of the Americas


Paulo Drinot

Professor Paulo Drinot
Paulo Drinot

Professor of Latin American History

Director of Research


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.

Teaching Summary


AMER0074 History and Politics of Latin America, c. 1930 to the Present (not running in 2020/21)

AMER0070 Che Guevara: The Making of a Revolutionary (not running 2020/21)

Post Graduate Taught:

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

AMER0008 From Silver to Cocaine (not running 2020/21)

AMER0027 Histories of Exclusion:Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (not running 2020/21)

Research Supervision:

Dr 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 Crisostomo: Women, Violence and State Formation: Two Rural Communities in Ayacucho before, during and after the Peruvian Armed Conflict (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)
  • 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)
  • Fernando Gutiérrez H.: Memory, Attachment and Appropriation of Public Space in Historical Urban Areas in Mexico (joint primary supervisor with Prof Ann Varley).

Completed PhD students:

  • Sarah Fearn: Finding Voice at Last? Institutional Continuity and Change and Indigenous Politics in Peru (subsidiary supervisor - with Prof Kevin Middlebrook)
  • Sam Kelly: Ethnicity, Race, and Racism in Contemporary Peruvian Politics: Elections, Stereotypes and Public Images (subsidiary supervisor - with Prof 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 Prof 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 Prof Kevin Middlebrook)