The Centre draws on the teaching expertise of lecturers across the university and its colleges. Two members of academic staff are based within the Centre itself: Dr Charles Jones (the Director) and Dr Joanna Page (Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies).
Charles Jones (2011 - 2015)
Dr Jones is a Reader in the History of International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies, and Director of the Centre 2000-2005 and 2010-15 (on leave 2010-11). He has worked extensively on the past and contemporary international economic relations of Latin America, especially the Southern Cone, and is author of E H Carr and International Relations (1998), El Reino Unido y América (Madrid, 1992) and The North-South Dialogue: A Brief History (London, 1983). His most recent book, American Civilization (University of London SAS 2007), deals with hemisphere commonalities and contests the illusions of United States exceptionalism.
Dr Boldy is a Reader in 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) and The Narrative of Carlos Fuentes: Family, Text, Nation (Durham Modern Languages, 2002).
Dr Kantaris is a Senior Lecturer 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, and is author of The Subversive Psyche: Contemporary Women's Narrative from Argentina and Uruguay (Oxford University Press, 1996).
Ed King specialises in Argentine and Brazilian literature and visual culture. His thesis focused on the representation of digital technologies in science fiction narratives produced during the postdictatorship period. His current project is a study of Orientalist discourses in postmodern culture from Latin America.
Mr Kuczynski is a Fellow of Pembroke College and an authority on international economics and finance.
Dr Lazar is a University Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology. She completed her PhD at Goldsmiths College, University of London, with a thesis on citizenship, personhood and political agency among rural-urban migrants in El Alto, Bolivia. Her research interests include the state, corruption, rights and multiculturalism, and social movements in Latin America. See El Alto, Rebel City: Self and Citizenship in Andean Bolivia (Duke University Press, 2008).
Dr Lehmann is a Reader in Social Science in the Department of Sociology, and Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies 1990-2000 and 2010-11. Since the late 1980's he has worked on religious movements, Catholic and Evangelical, particularly in Brazil. He is the author of Democracy and Development in Latin America: Economics, Politics and Religion in the Post-war Period (Polity Press, 1990) and Struggle for the Spirit: Religious Transformation and Popular Culture in Brazil and Latin America (Polity Press, 1996). His most recent book, with Batia Siebzehner was Remaking Israeli Judaism (Hurst, 2006). He is currently engaged in a major study of the spread of ideas about multiculturalism and interculturalidad in Latin America, and especially in Mexico, Peru and Brazil, focusing on the relationship between the politics of recognition, affirmative action and social justice. This study has been funded by a Large Grant from the British Academy. Dr Lehmann also held an ESRC grant to run the Religion and Secularism Network in 2007-2009.
Dr O’Bryen is a University Lecturer in Latin American Literature and Culture in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. He completed his PhD with a thesis on La Violencia, and is the author of Spectres of La Violencia: Literature, Testimony and Cinema in Contemporary Colombian Culture (Boydell and Brewer, 2008). His current research interests include post-Boom Spanish American literature, C19th Colombian history and Latin American cinema. See here for further information.
Dr Page is a University Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at CLAS and Lecturer in Spanish at Robinson College. She completed her PhD thesis at Cambridge on politics and postmodernism in the work of Ricardo Piglia. Her research interests include Argentine literature and film. She is the author of Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Duke University Press, 2009) and the co-editor of Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).
Sarah A Radcliffe
Dr Radcliffe is Reader in Latin American Geography, see here for further information.
Dr Ramos is a 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 Latin America. She is author of Muerte y conversion en los Andes Lima y Cuzco, 1532-1670 (IEP Instituto de Estudios Peruanos, 2010). Recently translated into English, her book Death and Conversion in the Andes. Lima and Cuzco, 1532-1670 (University of Notre Dame Press, 2010) won the 2011 Howard Francis Cline Memorial Prize, awarded by the Conference on Latin American History (CLAH). Dr Ramos is very grateful to the Faculty of History, Newnham College and CLAS for their support during the years she worked on this book.
Ms Segre is a Newton Lecturer in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at Trinity College. Her research is in 19th-century Latin-American literature and thought and 19th- and 20th-century visual culture in Latin America (film, photography, art) especially Mexico. She has published Intersected Identities: Strategies of Visualization in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Mexican Culture (New York and Oxford: Berghahn Books, 2007).
The Centre's administrative staff are always pleased to respond to enquiries and requests from present and potential students and academic staff. Between them they can deal with enquiries in Spanish and Portuguese.
Samuel Mather, Centre Administrator
Julie Coimbra, Librarian and Publicist
Lottie Garrett, CLAS MPhil Administrator
Bethan Portlock, CLAS PhD Administrator
Clare Hariri, Administrator (1990-2010)
Clare Hariri, the CLAS Administrator, retired in September 2010 after 20 years of dedicated service. The many students, staff, visitors and others who have come to know Clare so well over the years will want to join us in thanking Clare for keeping CLAS afloat so efficiently with level-headedness and good humour and in wishing her the very best for a retirement full of travels, grandchildren and many other excitements.