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Centre of Latin American Studies


Academic Staff 

Academic staff based at the Centre of Latin American Studies

Dr Joanna Page (CLAS)
Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies

Dr Graham Denyer Willis (CLAS/Development Studies) Director of the MPhil in Latin American Studies

Dr Carlos Fonseca (CLAS/British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow) Dr Charles Pigott (CLAS/Early Career Fellow supported by the Leverhulme Trust and the Isaac Newton Trust)

Other university staff teaching regularly at CLAS

​(also see Associate Staff)

Prof Steven Boldy (Spanish & Portuguese) Dr Flavio Comim (Land Economy)
Dr Maite Conde (Spanish & Portuguese) Dr Caroline Egan (Spanish & Portuguese)
Prof Brad Epps (Spanish & Portuguese) Dr Felipe Hernandez (Architecture)
Dr Geoffrey Kantaris (Spanish & Portuguese) Mr Michael Kuczynski (Pembroke College)
Dr Sian Lazar (Social Anthropology) Dr David Lehmann (Sociology)
Dr Ella McPherson (Sociology) Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa (Sociology)
Dr Rory O'Bryen (Spanish & Portuguese) Prof Sarah A Radcliffe (Geography)
Dr Gabriela Ramos (History) Dr Erica Segre (Trinity College)

Joanna Page

Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies; Director of Graduate Studies

Joanna PageJoanna Page holds a Readership in Latin American Literature and Visual Culture at CLAS and is also a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research interests include literature, film, graphic fiction and visual arts from Latin America, particularly Argentina, Chile, and Brazil. Many of her recent projects are related to the broader theme of the relationship between science and the arts, but she has also worked on questions of memory, modernity, capitalism, posthumanism, and materiality. Her work engages with  a wide range of critical and cultural theories, from postcolonial theory to film theory, Deleuze, Stiegler, Serres, Latour, Braidotti and new materialism. She is the author of Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Duke University Press, 2009), Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism (University of Calgary Press, 2014) and ​Science Fiction from Argentina: Technologies of the Text in a Material Multiverse (University of Michigan Press, 2016), and the co-author, with Ed King, of Posthumanism and the Graphic Novel in Latin America (UCL Press, 2017). She was the Principal Investigator for the AHRC-funded international research network "Science in Text and Culture in Latin America" (2014-16).

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Graham Denyer Willis

Director of the MPhil in Latin American Studies

Graham Denyer Willis

Graham Denyer Willis is a University Lecturer in the Centre of Latin American Studies and the Centre of Development Studies, and Director of Studies in Geography at Queens’ College. His work brings together debates about public security, state-society relations and urbanization to raise and address new questions and understandings of development, security and governance in cities of the Global South. His first book, The Killing Consensus: Police, Organized Crime and the Regulation of Life and Death in Urban Brazil (California 2015) is based on research carried out alongside homicide and other detectives in São Paulo from 2009-2012. He has also written about cloned cars, why homicide rates aren't all that helpful and the ways that Brazilian cemeteries materially mingle violence and terror, past and present. 

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Carlos Fonseca

Carlos FonsecaCarlos Fonseca is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Latin American Cultural Studies at CLAS. He specializes in Latin American 19th and 20th Century literature as well as Latin American art history. At Princeton, he completed his dissertation States of Nature: Catastrophe, History and the Reconstruction of Spanish America, which he is currently transforming into a book manuscript. He is the author of the novel Coronel Lágrimas (2015), published in Spain and Latin America by the publishing house Anagrama. He is currently involved in research projects on archival fictions across literature and the arts. He is an active member of the AHRC-funded international research network "Science in Text and Culture in Latin America".

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Charles Pigott

Charles PigottCharles M. Pigott is a Postdoctoral Researcher at CLAS, holding an Early Career Fellowship awarded jointly by The Leverhulme Trust and The Isaac Newton Trust. He specializes in the indigenous cultures and languages of Latin America, particularly the Maya and Quechua, and incorporates anthropology, linguistics, literature and philosophy in order to attain a holistic understanding of these societies. His current project, Ecological Visions in Mayan and Quechua Literature: A Comparative Study, compares Maya and Quechua literary production in terms of how the natural world is perceived, understood and engaged with, and constitutes the first comparative study of a Mesoamerican and Andean culture in their native languages. Located broadly within the emerging paradigm of Environmental Humanities, the wider theoretical aim is to explore the extent to which the categories of ‘humanity’ and ‘nature’ can be meaningfully distinguished. The project will result in two monographs and several articles. Charles was previously awarded a Mexican Government Postdoctoral Scholarship, held at the Autonomous University of the Yucatan, and a Research Associateship at the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford.

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Other University staff teaching regularly at CLAS

The academic staff below teach regularly for the Centre whilst being formally attached to other University departments.

Steven Boldy

Steven BoldySteven Boldy is Professor of Latin American Literature in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a Fellow of Emmanuel College. He is a specialist in modern Spanish-American literature and the author of a number of books, including The Novels of Julio Cortázar (Cambridge University Press, 1980), The Narrative of Carlos Fuentes: Family, Text, Nation (Durham Modern Languages, 2002) and A Companion to Jorge Luis Borges (Tamesis, 2009). He is currently working on A Companion to Juan Rulfo (forthcoming with Tamesis).

Maite Conde

Maite CondeMaite Conde is University Lecturer in Brazilian Culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She specialises in Brazilian literature, cinema and cultural theory. She is the author of Consuming Visions. Cinema, Writing and Modernity in Brazil (Virginia University Press, 2012), for which she was received the Andrew Mellon/MLA award and numerous articles on Brazilian culture published in international journals and books. She also edited, translated and wrote the introduction to Between Conformity and Resistance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), a collection of key essays by renowned Brazilian philosopher Marilena Chauí. Maite is currently completing two books: a collection of essays by Brazilian film scholar Paulo Emílio Salles Gomes, titled Militante Cinéfilo: On Brazil and Global Cinema (co-edited with Stephanie Dennison, for IB Tauris) and a book manuscript on early cinema and modernity in Brazil, provisionally entitled Foundational Films. Cinema and Modernity in Brazil.

Caroline Egan

Caroline EganCaroline Egan is a University Lecturer in Colonial Literary and Cultural Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. Her research focuses on 16th-and early 17th-century works in and about Amerindian languages and their circulation in a transatlantic context. She is currently developing a book project on the idea of orality in this period, including studies of the Nahuatl-language compositions collected in the Cantares Mexicanos, the lyric production of Jesuit missionary José de Anchieta, and the historiographical Comentarios reales by the Inca Garcilaso de la Vega. Her research and teaching interests also include comparative American literatures, world literature, and poetry and poetics.

Brad Epps

Brad EppsBrad Epps is Professor of Spanish and Head of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He was Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Professor and former Chair of the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University for over two decades. He has published extensively on modern literature, film, art, architecture, urban theory, queer theory, and immigration from Spain, Latin America, Hispanophone Africa, and Catalonia, including an essay which won the first Carlos Monsiváis prize at LASA, "Retos y riesgos, pautas y promesas de la teoría queer". Amongst other publications, he is the author of Significant Violence: Oppression and Resistance in the Narratives of Juan Goytisolo; Spain Beyond Spain: Modernity, Literary History, and National Identity (with Luis Fernández Cifuentes); Passing Lines: Immigration and Sexuality (with Bill Johnson-González and Keja Valens); All About Almodóvar: A Passion for Cinema (with Despina Kakoudaki), and is currently editing a book entitled El cine como historia, la historia como cine (forthcoming, Ediciones Colihue, Buenos Aires) and a monograph entitled Barcelona and Cinema (forthcoming, Liverpool UP).

His research interests include eighteenth to twenty-first century Spanish and Latin American literature, Catalan literature and film, Ibero-American cinema, photography, and art, Hispanophone Africa, theories of visuality, modernity, critical theory, gender and sexuality studies, feminist thought, queer theory, urban cultures, immigration, and post-colonial studies, among others.

Felipe Hernández

Felipe HernandezFelipe Hernández is an Architect and Lecturer in architectural Design, History and Theory. He has worked extensively on Latin America and other areas in the developing world, including Africa, the Caribbean and South East Asia. He is the author of Bhabha for Architects (Routledge 2010) and Beyond Modernist Masters: Contemporary Architecture in Latin America (Birkhauser 2009). He is also co-editor of Rethinking the Informal City: Critical Perspectives from Latin America (Berghahn 2009) as well as Transculturation: Cities, Spaces and Architectures in Latin America (Rodopi 2005). He is currently co-editing a second volume on Latin American informal settlements for CSP and writing a monograph on Modern Architecture in South and Central America.

Geoffrey Kantaris

Former Director (2005-10)

Geoffrey KantarisGeoffrey Kantaris is a Reader in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a former Director of the Centre (2005-10). He specializes in Latin American urban culture, in particular contemporary cinema. He is preparing a book provisionally entitled Contemporary Latin American Cinema: The Urban Paradigm and has published a wide range of articles in this area. He has also worked on Southern Cone literature. He has published The Subversive Psyche: Contemporary Women's Narrative from Argentina and Uruguay (Oxford University Press, 1996) and Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (London: Tamesis, 2013).

Michael Kuczynski

Michael KuczynskiMichael Kuczynski is an economist specializing in international, monetary, and financial topics, in particular monetary and fiscal policy; and the relationship between financial activity and economic growth. He also works on Latin American economic issues, on problems of comparative national economic performance, and on primary commodity markets. He is at the Centre of Development Studies and a fellow of Pembroke College. He teaches on the MPhil in Development Studies, the MPhil in International Relations and the MPhil in Latin American Studies (Economic Issues in Contemporary Latin America).

Sian Lazar

Sian LazarSian Lazar is a Senior University Lecturer in the Department of Social Anthropology. Her research focusses on collective politics in Latin America, especially labour movements. Her current work explores how labour politics is embedded in daily life and personal experience. That has resulted in a book, called The Social Life of Politics: Ethics, Kinship and Union Activism in Argentina (2017). The book is an exploration of the themes of subjectivity, kinship, class, morality and economy. She examines the lives of unionists in two public sector trade unions, focusing on the ways that they become activists, how that activism becomes a part of their personality and values, and how it is transmitted across generations. Then she shows the collective ways that the union delegations come into being, care for their members, enact their political projects, solve problems, and negotiate or mobilise for better working conditions. All this social, ethical and political action takes place within a particular contemporary political-economic context and a history of labour mobilisation, informed by Peronism and anarchosyndicalism. Her previous work on collective politics and citizenship focussed on residents of El Alto, Bolivia, researching the processes and conflicts that lie behind their political power at the local level, considering in particular everyday practices and experiences of citizenship that structure the relationships between residents of El Alto and the Bolivian state. That became the book  El Alto, Rebel City: Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia (2008).  

Ella McPherson

Mónica Moreno Figueroa

Monica MorenoMónica Moreno Figueroa is Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow at Downing College, Cambridge. Her research has primarily focussed on Mexico and Latin America more broadly. The interest in researching the 'qualities' of the lived experience of racism, has taken her to the study of the everyday, the relevance of emotions, issues around gender, visibility and embodiment as well as exploring the links with anti-racist practice, political activism and collaboration. Currently, she is developing various research strands: a project on Anti-Racism in Latin America, with Prof Peter Wade (Manchester); a project on the gendered experience of racism and racial identification alongside economic trajectories in Mexico's Costa Chica, with Dr Emiko Saldivar (UCSB); and a project on institutional and state racism exploring access to health, water and recognition of rights in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, with Dr Juan Carlos Martinez (CIESAS).

Rory O’Bryen

Rory O'BryenRory O’Bryen is a Senior University Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He has published Spectres of La Violencia: Literature, Testimony and Cinema in Contemporary Colombian Culture (Boydell and Brewer, 2008) and Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect (London: Tamesis, 2013). His current research explores the representation of the Magdalena River in Colombian culture between 1850 and the present day. It engages with a range of works, including mid-nineteenth-century regional romances, late nineteenth-century Afro-Colombian poetry, the aesthetics and politics of steam in Colombian modernismo, representations of leprosy in early twentieth-century literature, music and silent film, the ‘novela de la Violencia’ of the 1950s, and late twentieth-century engagements with narcotráfico. In doing so it uses the river as a conduit into the fragile interplay between nation-formation and global political and economic processes.

Sarah A Radcliffe

Chair of Management Committee

Sarah RadcliffeSarah A Radcliffe is Professor of Latin American Geography at the Department of Geography, and Fellow of Christ's College. She specializes in social difference and development geographies, largely in the Andes. Her current research interests include social heterogeneity in development, indigenous engagements with development, and postcolonial social theory.


Gabriela Ramos

Gabriela RamosGabriela Ramos is a Senior University Lecturer in Latin American History in the Faculty of History, and Fellow at Newnham College. She specializes in the colonial history of the Andes. Her research interests include religion, culture, and politics in colonial and modern Latin America. Her book Death and Conversion in the Andes. Lima and Cuzco 1532-1670 (Notre Dame, IN: University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) won the Howard F. Cline Prize 2011, for its contribution to the history of indigenous peoples in Latin America. She has recently co-edited Indigenous Intellectuals: Knowledge, Power, and Colonial Culture in Mexico and the Andes (Duke University Press, 2014) with Yannis Yannakakis. She teaches the Race and Ethnicity module on the MPhil in Latin American Studies.

Erica Segre

Erica SegreErica Segre specialises in nineteenth-century Latin-American literature and thought, and twentieth-century and contemporary visual culture (photography, art and film). She has lectured and published extensively in these areas in Britain and abroad and has organized international symposia, film seasons and curated exhibitions. Her book Intersected Identities: Strategies of Visualization in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Mexican Culture was published in 2007 (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books).  She is the contributing editor of Ghosts of the Revolution in Mexican Literature and Visual Culture (Oxford/New York, 2013). Other publications include chapters  on: ‘The Complicit Eye: Directorial and Ocular Paradigms in Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Films and Interdisciplinary Visuality (1940s and 1950s)’ in A Companion to Luis Buñuel edited by Rob Stone and Julian Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla (Oxford and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2013); ‘El convertible no convertible’: Reconsidering Refuse and Disjecta Aesthetics in Contemporary Cuban Art’ in Latin American Popular Culture: Politics, Media, Affect edited by Geoffey Kantaris and Rory O’Bryen (Woodbridge and New York:  Tamesis/Boydell & Brewer, 2013) and ‘El retorno de “Nuestros dioses”  (de Saturnino Herrán) en el modernismo  fotográfico en México. Sincretismo estético, identidades amortajadas y reflexividad en un libro inédito de Manuel Álvarez Bravo’ in 1910: México entre dos épocas edited by Paul-Henri Giraud, Eduardo Ramos-Izquierdo and Miguel Rodríguez (Mexico City: EL Colegio de México, 2013).

She is completing a book on interdisciplinarity and visual culture with reference to creative media (writing, photography, visual arts and film) in nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico and is working on indigeneity and contemporary art practice in Chile.