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PhD in Latin American Studies

Centre of Latin American Studies

CLAS PhDs Joey Whitfield, Cherilyn Elston and Geoffrey Maguire

Current PhD Students at the Centre of Latin American Studies

An asterisk * ​denotes a student registered in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese who is also a member of the Centre of Latin American Studies, via the Latin American Cultural Studies Consortium.

David Bailey *

Research Topic: Currently working on same-sex desire in the novels of nineteenth-century Portuguese author Eça de Queirós
Supervisors: Prof Maria Manuel Lisboa and Prof Brad Epps

Oliver Balch

Research Topic: Pulp fictions: An ethnographic critique of the use of Corporate Responsibility in Foreign Direct Investment
Supervisor: Dr Sian Lazar

Lucy Bollington 

Research Topic: Reframing Excess: Death and Power in Contemporary Mexican Literary and Visual Culture​
Supervisor: Dr Geoffrey Kantaris

James Douglas

Research Topic: An ethnography of western Amazonian curanderismo apprenticeship
Supervisor: Dr Françoise Barbira Freedman

Carlos Ezcurra 

Research Topic: Body and Subjectivity in Contemporary Argentine Film
Supervisor: Dr Joanna Page

Jessica Fernandez de Lara Harada

Research Topic: Encounters between East Asia and Latin America through an examination of Japanese migration to Mexico from the late 19th century to the mid 20th century
Supervisor: Dr Mónica Moreno Figueroa

Lucy Foster*

Research Topic: Literary and visual culture associated with the Mexican coastline
Supervisor: Dr Erica Segre

Helen Glaisher-Hernández *

Research Topic: Postcolonialism and cultural identity in twentieth-century Latin American classical music
Supervisor: Dr Geoffrey Kantaris

Rosanna Hunt*

Research Topic:
Supervisor: Dr Rory O'Bryen
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Paul Hyland *

Research Topic: A comparative study of experimental fiction in the Iberian Peninsula from the 19th Century to the present day
Supervisor: Prof Steven Boldy

Alejandro Lerch

Research Topic: Drug Trafficking and the state or Mexico
Supervisor: Dr Graham Denyer-Willis

Katherine Anne Mato

Research Topic: Gender and Space in Contemporary Cuban Art 
Supervisor: Dr. Erica Segre

Rachell Sá​nchez-Rivera

Research Topic: Race, Eugenics and Sterilization: An Alternative Evaluation of Mexican Reproductive History and Nation-Building Process ​
Supervisor: Dr. Mónica Moreno Figueroa ​

Parvathi Subbiah

Minyan Sun 

Research Topic: Zen Buddhism in the short stories of Julio Cortázar
Supervisor: Dr Joanna Page

Erika Teichert

​Research Topic: Political propaganda and artistic practice in contemporary Argentine culture and politics
Supervisor: Dr Joanna Page

Sandra del Valle Casals 

Research Topic: The construction of Otherness and national identity in contemporary Chilean cinema
Supervisor: Dr Joanna Page

Callie Vandewiele

Research Topic: Mayan textile traditions in Guatemala
Supervisors: Dr Francoise Barbira Freedman; Dr Susanna Rostas

Elizabeth Vargas*

Research Topic: Conceptualization of narratives that construct and/or de-construct categories that define African spaces, bodies, and voices
Supervisor: Dr Geoffrey Kantaris 

Tatiana Vargas Ortiz*

Research Topic:
Supervisor: Dr Rory O'Bryen