Dr Thomas Rath


Thomas Rath was an undergraduate at UCL History, then went to Oxford for their MPhil in Latin American Studies, and after that to Columbia for a PhD, awarded in 2009. Since then he has held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Maryland, College Park, and then a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Hamilton College in New York. Thom joined UCL in 2012, as Lecturer in Latin American History. 

Thom works on the political, social and cultural history of modern Latin America, particularly Mexico. His research to date has explored the politics of nation-state building after the Mexican revolution, particularly military and regional politics, popular protest, political violence, gender, and historical memory.  Thom continues to work on these themes, and is particularly interested in the politics of history during Mexico's so-called transition to democracy, and in comparing Mexico's experience with the rest of Latin America.  Thom is also developing a new project which takes him into more unfamiliar territory: the relationship between state-building, capitalism, and human-animal relations in modern Mexico. As part of this project he is currently researching the political history of the US-Mexican campaign against foot-and-mouth disease (aftosa) in the 1940s and 1950s, with the support of the Wellcome Trust.

Qualifications & memberships of professional bodies

2009  PhD  Columbia University 
2003  MPhil  University of Oxford 
2001  BA  UCL 

Courses taught

HIST2418 History, Memory, Democracy: Politics and the Past in Modern Latin America
HIST2900 Rebels, Artists, Experts, Diplomats: Foreigners and Revolutionary Mexico c.1910-1960

Major Publications

IRIS Researcher Profile 

Dr Thomas Rath


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