UCL Institute of the Americas


Visiting Academics

Our Visiting Academics actively participate in a variety of activities by contributing to the Institute's events, research and teaching programmes.

Visiting Academics

If you are interested in applying for a fellowship at UCL Americas, please consult our Fellowships page.

Current Visiting Academics

Dr Bruno Cesar Barbosa

Honorary Research Fellow

Dr Bruno Cesar Barbosa is spending his time in London conducting a literature review of doctoral theses, Master’s dissertations, books and articles, correlating this scientific production with discussions around public health policies and rights claims by social movements to place his work on Brazil into comparative context. Visit Bruno's profile for more information about his research

Dr Andrei Gomez-Suarez

Honorary Senior Research Associate


Andrei Gomez-Suarez is the author of Genocide, Geopolitics and Transnational Networks(Routledge, 2015) and El Triunfo del No (Icono, 2016). His current work focuses on restricted space, civil society peacebuilding, and transitional justice. Visit Andrei's profile for more information about his research. 

Past Visiting Academics

Find out how some of our past visiting academics spent their time with us:

Dr Terri-Ann Gilbert-Roberts

Dr Gilbert-Roberts is a Jamaican regionalist with an interest in the politics of development, particularly at the intersection of governance, regionalism and youth development.

While at UCL-IA, as a Commonwealth Academic Fellow, Dr Gilbert-Roberts explored the dynamics of youth participation in regional governance and the governance of development.

Dr Mario Bronfman

Dr. Mario Bronfman is an Associate Researcher at El Colegio de Mexico (México) and Consultant to The Ford Foundation.

From 2004 to 2015 Dr Bronfman was Representative of The Ford Foundation for Mexico and Central America and in charge of the Cuba portfolio. Dr Bronfman spent a month at UCL-IA writing a report on the Future of International Cooperation with/from/on Cuba.

Dr Christian O'Connell

Dr O'Connell was Lecturer in American History at the University of Gloucestershire at the time of his visiting fellowship at UCL Americas.

As part of the BAAS/UCL Americas Fellowship, Christian worked on a new project which examines the black American South in British popular culture. He looked at representations of the life, culture and history the black South in popular programmes, starting from The Black and White Minstrel Show, up to recent documentaries by Sir Trevor MacDonald, Rick Stein and Hugh Laurie.

Professor Richard Follett

Professor Richard Follett  was the British Association for American Studies/UCL Institute of the Americas research fellow in 2014/15.

Professor Follett is currently writing White Fright: Slave Revolts in American Memory, a history of slave rebellions and their legacies from the 18th to early 20th centuries. He is also completing Plantation Kingdom: The American South and its Global Commodities, co-authored with Sven Beckert, Peter Coclanis, and Barbara Hahn. Both books are under contract with Johns Hopkins University Press. Visit Professor Follet's University of Sussex website profile here.

Professor Roberto Gargarella

Currently at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina, Professor Gargarella was the 2014 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas. He is a distinguished Argentine lawyer and sociologist, with doctoral degrees from Universidad de Buenos Aires (1991) and University of Chicago (1993). Click here to visit Professor Gargarella's profile at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella. [external source]

Professor Morna Macleod

Honorary Senior Research Associate

Morna Macleod is currently working on internal individual and family displacement triggered by organized crime in Central Mexico, and coordinates a monthly seminar bringing together academics, students and practitioners from various countries. Click here to visit Morna’s website [external source] for more information about her research.

Dr Andrea Gartenlaub

Visiting Researcher 

Dr Gartenlaub holds a PhD in Social Sciences (2018), Masters of Arts in Political Science (2009) and Bachelor in Social Communication (2000) from the University of Chile (Chile). She was a visiting doctoral student at the University of Georgetown Center of Latin American Studies (CLAS) (2015). Also, she served as Communications Advisor to the Cabinet of the National Health Fund of the Government of Chile. She works on the areas of Elites and Political Parties, Social Public Policy, and Gender.

Currently teaching and researching in the Universidad Autonoma of Chile. For more information on her research visit https://uautonoma.academia.edu/AGartenlaub

Dr Catarina Barbieri

Honorary Research Associate


Dr Barbieri holds a PhD (2012), Masters (2008) and LL.B.(Law - 2003) from the University of São Paulo Law School (Brazil). She was a Fox International Fellow (2010-2011) at Yale University and visiting doctoral student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (2011). Visit Dr Barbieri's profile at the Escola de Direito de Sao Paulo - click here [external source] for more information on her research.

Honorary Professors

Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas

Victor Bulmer-Thomas is Honorary Professor at the UCL Institute of the Americas and Professor Emeritus of London University. He was Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies from 1992 to 1998 and Director of Chatham House from 2001-2006. From 2007 to 2010 he was Visiting Professor at Florida International University during which time he produced his latest book, The Economic History of the Caribbean from the Napoleonic Wars (Cambridge University Press, 2012). He has published extensively in the field amassing over 20 books either as author or as editor, including his Political Economy of Central America since 1920 (CUP, 1987) the Economic History of Latin America Since Independence (CUP, 1994, 2nd edn. 2003) and the two volume Cambridge Economic History of Latin America published in 2006. vbulmerthomas@googlemail.com