Dr William A. Booth

Bill Booth is Teaching Fellow in Latin American History. He is a historian of Western Hemisphere lefts in the modern period, with a particular focus on socialists and communists in post-revolutionary Mexico. He also works on Cold War historiography and on transnational intellectual networks.

Bill did his PhD in London at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, a progenitor of the UCL Institute of the Americas. Since 2017 he has also been a Lecturer in Modern History at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford. He previously taught at Warwick, LSE and Johns Hopkins (Bologna), as well as a prior stint at UCL in 2015-16.

Major publications

  • A Prehistory of Revolution: Latin American Lefts in the Early Cold War (Verso, forthcoming)
  • “Hegemonic Nationalism, Subordinate Marxism: The Mexican Left, 1945–7,” in Journal of Latin American Studies (2017)
  • “Mid-Century Communisms: A Schematic Approach?” in The International Newsletter of Communist Studies, XVIII (2012)

Media appearances/public engagement

Bill is a regular contributor on Latin American politics and history on LBC Radio. He is also host of the Radical Americas podcast, as well as editor of the Radical Americas Journal.


  • Culture and Revolutions in Twentieth Century Latin America (second- and third-year thematic seminar)
  • Gender and History in Latin America since Independence (second- and third-year thematic seminar)
  • The United States and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the ‘War on Drugs’ (MA module)