UCL Institute of the Americas


Olivia Arigho-Stiles

MA Latin American Studies, 2016-17

Olivia Arigho-Stiles
The Masters programme in Latin American Studies was invaluable in developing my research and critical thinking skills and was instrumental in my later decision to undertake further postgraduate study on Latin America.

As an interdisciplinary programme, it afforded the option to broaden my knowledge and skillset within a diverse array of modules covering race in the Americas, Caribbean history, urban anthropology and sustainable development.  All courses introduced us to foundational texts and offered intellectual rigour within a supportive academic community.

I am currently completing a PhD on twentieth century social history in Bolivia, while also working part-time as a policy advisor for the UK government. I am grateful to the academic staff including Kate Quinn and Paulo Drinot who went above and beyond to help me obtain research funding for the PhD and who offered astute guidance and support along the way. 

Perhaps more than anything, I treasure the wonderful colleagues and friends I made in my time at the Institute. 

Olivia completed her MA in Latin American Studies in 2017, and wrote her Masters dissertation under the supervision of Professor Paulo Drinot. She is currently pursuing her PhD studies at the University of Essex.