Institute of the Americas
The research community at UCL-IA is focused on producing ground-breaking research at the forefront of several academic disciplines while contributing to the development of interdisciplinary and transnational approaches to the study of the Americas. It is also actively engaged in research at the interface of scholarship and policy, engaging a broad range of stakeholders, including government, NGOs, communications media, and civil society, in the UK, the Americas, and beyond. UCL-IA Fellows actively participate in a variety of activities by contributing to the Institute’s events, research and teaching programmes. If you are interested in applying for a fellowship at UCL-IA, please consult our Fellowships page.
Ellen Wu (Ph.D. University of Chicago) is associate professor of history and director of the Asian American Studies program at Indiana University, Bloomington. As a specialist in 20th century United States history, her research and teaching interests focus on Asian/Pacific America, immigration, and race. Her first monograph, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority, was published in 2014 by Princeton University Press as part of its 'Politics and Society in Twentieth Century America' series. Wu’s research has been supported with fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ford Foundation, and the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Historical Studies. She is currently at work on a new book project, Asian Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action, a history of race-making, policy-making, and migration in recent times. Find her on Twitter: @ellendwu
Tom Adam Davies is a Lecturer in American History in the Department of History & Centre for American Studies at the University of Sussex. He is a specialist in twentieth century postwar political and social American history, and is particularly interested in the relationship between public policy and mainstream political institutions and minority movements for social, economic and political change. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Leeds (2013) and is currently finishing his first monograph which examines Black Power’s place within, and impact upon, the American political mainstream.
Expert on War Studies Royal Military College of Canada. Hal Klepak is
Professor Emeritus of History and Strategy at the Royal Military College of
Canada. He has his BA Honours International Relations from McGill University and
his MA and PhD in History from the University of London.
Professor Klepak has served as Strategic Analyst at both National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa and with NATO Headquarters in Brussels, initially specializing in the Middle East but then moving on to a greater concentration on Latin America.
The Institute has been honored to have hosted the following visiting fellows in the past:
Hugh Wilford is Professor of United States History at California State University, Long Beach. A historian of twentieth-century US culture and foreign relations, he has written or edited five books, including The Mighty Wurlitzer: How the CIA Played America (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2008) and America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East (New York: Basic Books, 2013), winner of the Gold Medal, 2014 Washington Institute for Near East Policy Book Prize.
Professor Wilford will be based in London during spring 2015 teaching on his university’s study abroad programme, and looks forward greatly to participating in the research life of UCL-IA.
Marie-Laure Mallet Salazar holds a PhD from the Sorbonne University
(2013). She is a Fulbright Alumna (Harvard University, 2013). Her dissertation
comparatively analyzed Latino political participation in Los Angeles, Boston
and Miami. After completing her PhD she began a postdoctoral position at
Harvard University, working on a project which aims at determining the effect
of access to and use of social services of the incorporation of Latino
immigrants in the United States.
She is an assistant professor at the Sorbonne University and a Marie Curie Researcher. Her research interests are immigration, Latino studies and race and ethnic relations. She is currently working on several projects, amongst which a book project looking at Latino intra-group relations and a collaborative project examining Latino immigrants' experiences with social services.
Professor Marcos Cueto is a Peruvian historian that received his PhD in Latin American History from Columbia University, New York. He has been a visiting professor at several universities including Princeton and Stanford and has received fellowships from major agencies such as the Guggenheim Foundation. Since 2011, he is a professor at the Program in the History of Health and Science at the Casa de Oswaldo Cruz, FIOCRUZ, in Rio de Janeiro and editor of the journal História, Ciências Saúde - Manguinhos published by the Casa Oswaldo Cruz. His previous more recent book is: Cold War and Deadly Fevers: Malaria Eradication in Mexico, 1955-1970 (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). He is currently working on a book on the history of the World Health Organization in the context of the Cold-War and post-Cold War periods and beginning a new research project on Global Health and Latin America during the turn of the 21st century.
Tanisha C. Ford is an assistant professor in the Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She blends her interests in fashion, performance, and black feminist activism to create her own innovative approach to studying the global Black Freedom movement. Her forthcoming book, Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul (UNC Press, Fall 2015) uncovers how and why black women in the United States, Britain, and South Africa used fashion as a tool of cultural-political expression and as a form of resistance to state-sanctioned violence. Visit her website: www.tanishacford.com.
- Dr Mario Bronfman
Associate Researcher at El Colegio de Mexico (México) and Consultant to The Ford Foundation. Sociologist and PHD in Public Health (School of Public Health, Fundación Oswaldo Cruz, Rio de Janeiro Brazil). Former Director of the Center for Health Systems Research at the National Institute for Public Health.
From 2004 to 2015 was Representative of The Ford Foundation for Mexico and Central America and in charge of the Cuba portfolio. Dr.Bronfman will spend a month at UCL writing a report on the Future of International Cooperation with/from/on Cuba.
Dr Scarfi received his PhD in 2014 from the University of Cambridge.
His research interests include the history of international law, human rights
and political thought and the history of international relations with a
particular focus on U.S.-Latin American relations. He taught History of South
American External Relations at Cambridge and has supervised undergraduate
students on Ethics and World Politics, U.S Foreign Policy and the History of
Political Thought. In 2011, he was a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University.
He is the author of El imperio de la ley: James Brown Scott y la construcción de un orden jurídico interamericano (Buenos Aires: Fondo de Cultura Económica, 2014). His work has been published in the journals Diplomatic History and Revista Complutense de Historia de América. He is currently completing an edited volume (with Andrew Tillman) on U.S.-Latin American relations to be published by Palgrave Macmillan and revising a manuscript on the history of international law and Pan-Americanism in the Americas in the early twentieth century.
Dr O'Connell is a Lecturer in American History at the University of Gloucestershire. He obtained his PhD in 2013 on the birth of transatlantic interest in the blues and African American music. He got his first degree from the University of Leeds in 2001, and completed an MA in American Studies at Kings College London in 2006.
As part of the BAAS/UCL-IA Fellowship, Christian will be working on a new project which examines the black American South in British popular culture. He will be looking 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.
Richard Follett is Professor of American History at the University of
Sussex and for 2014-15, the British Association for American Studies--UCL
Institute of the Americas research fellow.
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.
- Professor Manuel Olle Sese
Professor PhD of Criminal Law and International Criminal Law at the
Universidad Complutense of Madrid, Spain. Corresponding Member of the Royal
Academy of Jurisprudence and Legislation of Spain. Author of numerous articles,
monographs and doctrinal opinions in national and international journals.
Professor Olle is a member of various projects of national and international research on international crimes, especially in the Americas. Counsel before courts and international institutions. Member and manager of various international missions related to the defense of Human Rights and the prosecution of international crimes.
Assistant Professor at Universitat Jaume I (Castellon, Spain). She
has a Degree in Geography and History from Universidad Nacional de Educación a
Distancia UNED Spain), and a Ph.D. in History from Universitat Jaume I.
Professor Sanchez's two main lines of research are focused on the history of anarchism in Spain and Cuba at the beginning of the twentieth century, and on colonial Cuba, especially slavery, during the nineteenth century
Professor Roberto Gargarella (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Argentina), was the 2014 Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor at UCL Institute of the Americas (UCL-IA). He is a distinguished Argentine lawyer and sociologist, with doctoral degrees from Universidad de Buenos Aires (1991) and University of Chicago (1993). He also holds Master Degrees from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO, 1990) and University of Chicago (LLM, 1992). Professor Gargarella pursued his post-doctoral studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He has also been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim scholarship (2000), and a Fulbright scholarship (2010), and has taught at numerous universities, including the New School for Social Research, Columbia University, Bergen University, and Southwestern University. In recent years, Professor Gargarella has specialised in comparative American Constitutionalism, which provided the foundations for his visit to UCL.
Professor of History and Anthropology at the University of Florida,
Prof Thurner’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of Postcolonial
Theory, Colonial and Postcolonial Spanish American History, Historiography,
Nationalism, and Museum Studies. He is currently carrying out research for two
books: a global history of the museum, with an emphasis on Iberia and Latin
America; and a history of the global historical imagination, with an emphasis
also on the Iberian world.
Dr Witham held the UCL-IA/BAAS Fellowship in United States Studies in early 2014 and in September 2015, Nick will take up the post of Lecturer in US Political History at UCL-Institute of the Americas. Nick was Lecturer in American Social and Cultural History at Canterbury Christ Church University. He holds a BA in History and Politics from the University of Warwick, and an MRes and PhD in American Studies from the University of Nottingham.
During the course of his UCL-IA/BAAS Fellowship in US Studies, Nick worked on a new, book-length research project that examines the concept of the 'public intellectual' within the American historical profession during the cold war, focussing on the work of Richard Hofstadter, John Hope Franklin, Daniel Boorstin and Howard Zinn.
Dr Witham joined UCL-IA as a full member of the academic staff in September 2015.
Maria Ryan is a Lecturer in American History in the Department of American & Canadian Studies at the University of Nottingham. Her research interests are broadly in the field of post-Cold War US foreign policy, in particular the development of neoconservatism; intellectuals and US foreign policy; humanitarian interventionism; the Bush administration and the ‘Global War on Terror’; as well as the history of the CIA. She has written articles and book chapters on many of these topics. Her first book, Neoconservatism and the New American Century, was published by Palgrave MacMillan (New York) in 2010. She is currently writing a second monograph titled Beyond Iraq: The ‘War on Terror’ on the Periphery.