The Centre benefits from its relationships with a number of associates, who are not currently full-time members of staff but who are actively involved in research and teaching at the Centre. As well as scholars from Cambridge and the UK, these also include researchers based in Latin America who visit the Centre on a regular basis.
- Françoise Barbira Freedman
- David Brading
- Viviane Carvalho da Annunciação
- Flavio Comim
- Laurie Denyer Willis
- Marcial Echenique
- Mara Polgovsky Ezcurra
- Tanya Filer
- Charles Jones
- David Lehmann
- Grace Livingstone
- Federico Lorenz
- Marta Magalhães Wallace
- Geoffrey Maguire
- Guillermo A. Makin
- Adriana Massidda
- Chloe Nahum-Claudel
- Charlie Nurse
- Cristina Reigadas
- David Rock
- Susanna Rostas
- Kirsten Sehnbruch
Senior Research Associate; Director 1973-1990
David Brading read History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, from 1955-57. In 1960-61, he spent time in the United States as a Henry Fellow at Yale University, during which period he made his first visits to Latin America, specifically Cuba and Mexico. Brading undertook his PhD in 1962, with periods of archival research in Spain and Mexico. He graduated in 1965, the same year in which he was appointed assistant professor at the University of California at Berkeley, where he lectured on the history of Mexico, Peru and Argentina. His first book, Miners and Merchants in Bourbon Mexico 1763-1810 was published by Cambridge University Press in 1971. After a further two years at Yale, he returned to Cambridge in 1973 to take up the position of University Lecturer in Latin American History. From 1973-1990, he acted as Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies. In 1978 he published Maciendas and Ranchos in the Mexican Bajio. Leon 1700-1860 which was based upon archival research in Mexico. It was followed, in 1994, by Church and State in Bourbon Mexico, the Diocese of Michoacán 1749-1810, which, like its predecessors, was based on local archives. But during the 1980s he had abandoned archival research in favour of an analysis and evocation of the printed sources that the Spanish conquest and settlement of the Americas had elicited. The unsuspected wealth of these materials was demonstrated in The First America. The Spanish Monarchy, Creole Patriots and the Liberal State 1493-1867, a volume of 761 pages that covered the political and social development of Mexico and Peru in those years. This was followed by Mexican Phoenix. Our Lady of Guadalupe: Image and Tradition across Five Centuries, which revealed the richness of contemporary printed sources. Finally, in 2011, the press of the Congress of Peru published Profecía y patria en la historia del Perú. During the course of 2014 he completed a set of essays on colonial Mexico dealing with a variety of topics that will be published during 2015.
David Brading is an Emeritus Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge, an Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge and a Fellow of the British Academy.
Dr. Viviane Carvalho da Annunciação holds a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of São Paulo, where she also received a joint degree in Portuguese and English Studies. She is the author of a book on Northern Irish poetry, Exile, Home and City: The Poetic Architecture of Belfast (Humanitas, USP). It was during her lectureship in English Language and Cultural Studies at the Federal University of Bahia (Brazil) that she started to examine more closely the portrayal of Brazil and Latin America in English-language poetry. In order to expand her research, Dr. Carvalho da Annunciação came to the Centre of Latin American Studies in April, 2014 as a visiting scholar and Portuguese teacher. In the course of the year, she helped to organize the exhibition ‘a token of concrete affection’. This celebrated the fifty-year anniversary of the first concrete poetry exhibition at St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, which featured the Brazilian Noigandres group that was responsible for disseminating the movement in both the United Kingdom and Latin America. In April 2015, she was made a Teaching Associate at CLAS and a Senior Member at Robinson College and continues to research the Noigandres movement, tracing the intricate connections between Brazil, Latin America and Great Britain in Concrete Poetry. Her current research interests also include Brazilian and Latin American avant-garde, poetry and politics and new methodologies in language learning.
Flavio Comim is a development economist. He is an Affiliated Lecturer in Human Development and Ecosystems in the department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge and a Visiting Fellow at St Edmund’s College, where he was a Fellow, College Lecturer and Director of Studies in Economics for many years. He is a Lecturer at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil, where he teaches Human Development, Sustainable Development and Economics of Poverty. He will be teaching the Political Economy and Human Development module in 2015/16 for CLAS and the Centre of Development Studies.
Senior Research Associate
Marcial Echenique is a Fellow of Churchill College and Professor Emeritus of Land Use and Transport Studies, and a former Head of Architecture at the University of Cambridge. He is accredited, in particular, with early work on the integration of land use and transport planning. He has acted as a consultant to numerous government and local authorities and has directed major planning studies financed by international institutions such as The World Bank and The United Nations. He directed the influential study of Cambridge Futures (Royal Town Planning Institute award for planning innovation in 2000). In 2009 he was awarded an OBE for services to Urban and Regional Planning. Since 1990 he has been an advisor to successive Chilean ministers for planning infrastructure in cities.
He has published more than 100 articles and books, including 'Growing Cities Sustainably: Does Urban Form Really Matter?', co-authored with A. Hargreaves, G. Mitchell and A. Namdeo, Journal of American Planning Association (JAPA), vol. 78 no. 2 (2012); 'Land Use/Transport Models and Economic Assessment', in Research in Transportation Economics, vol. 31 (2011); 'Mobility and Income' in Environment and Planning A, vol. 39, no. 8 (2007); 'El crecimiento y desarrollo de las ciudades' and 'Las vías expresas urbanas: que tan rentables son?', in Santiago: dónde estamos y hacia dónde vamos, ed. A Galetovich, Centro de Estudios Públicos, Santiago de Chile (2006); 'Forecasting the Sustainability of Alternative Plans, The Cambridge Futures Experience' in Future Forms and Design for Sustainable Cities, ed. M. Jenks and H. Dempsey, Architectural Press, Elsevier (2005); 'Econometric Models of Land Use & Transportation', in Handbook of Transport Geography & Spatial Systems, eds. D. Hensher, K. Button, K. Haynes y P. Stopher, Elsevier Sciences (2004).
Tanya Filer is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, and a member of the Leverhulme Trust Conspiracy and Democracy Project based at the Centre. She works on the politics and history of political knowledge in Latin America, with a particular focus on Argentina. Her current research chronicles the rise to prominence in contemporary Argentine political thought and policymaking of the people, practices, and ideas surrounding digital technologies and the informational affordances associated with them.
She works also on the history of political conspiracy theory in Argentina since re-democratization. Taking a long view of the democratic transition to include its social and cultural dimensions, this work aims to arrive at a better understanding of the causes, forms and consequences of conspiracism in Argentina since 1983. Tanya is a GFC Fellow at the World Economic Forum, serving on the Council on the Future of Information and Entertainment. Further details about her research are available here.
Laurie Denyer Willis is a medical anthropologist, concerned most broadly with religion, public health and cities. Her work considers the stakes of state absence and presence, by linking together the sensory and environmental with experiences of disease, dispossession and the politics of hope. She is currently a Research Associate at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights at the University of Cambridge, working on a project on the use of interactive radio during epidemics in Mozambique and Cape Verde. Before this she worked extensively in Rio de Janeiro's subúrbios, concerning Pentecostalism, governance and urban space & place.
Her research has been funded by the Wellcome Trust, DFID, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)and The Paul and Priscilla Gray Foundation at MIT.
Senior Research Associate; Sometime Director
Charles Jones is Emeritus Reader in International Relations in the Department of Politics and International Studies, a Fellow of Wolfson College, and a former Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies. He has worked extensively on the past and contemporary international relations of Latin America, especially the Southern Cone, and is author of El Reino Unido y América (Madrid, 1992) and The North-South: A Brief History (London, 1983). Early work concentrated on economic relations between Argentina and Britain. A more recent book, American Civilization (University of London SAS, 2007), deals with hemisphere commonalities and contests the illusions of United States exceptionalism and western cultural homogeneity. Current research interests include Argentine nineteenth-century history.
Senior Research Associate; Former Director (1990-2000)
David Lehmann was Reader in Social Science in the Department of Sociology until his retirement from the University in 2012. He was Director of the Centre of Latin American Studies (1990-2000, 2010-11). He continues to supervise and examine for CLAS on an occasional basis. 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). Between 2007 and 2012 he held a British Academy Major Research Award to 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 has led to the forthcoming publication of an edited volume entitled The Crisis of Multiculturalism in Latin America (Palgrave) and to a book manuscript on the campaign for affirmative action in Brazilian higher education, provisionally entitled The Brazilian state, corporatism and the movimento negro. He is currently completing research on messianic Judaism in Brazil, Israel and the USA (funded by a Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellowship) and in November 2016 will take up a three-month Fellowship with the Centro de Estudios Interculturales e Indígenas of the Universidad Católica de Chile.
Dr Grace Livingstone is a research fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, and a teaching associate at the Centre of Latin American Studies, Cambridge.
She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Her doctoral thesis looked at British policy towards the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, 1973-82, and considered how policy-makers weighed up commercial and geopolitical considerations with human rights concerns. Her current research project is: ‘Ethics and Foreign Policy. The extractive industries in the Andean Region: the role and responsibilities of foreign governments.’ It looks at the response of foreign companies and governments to social movement protest against oil, gas and mining projects in the Andean region of Latin America, and examines whether oil and mining companies influence British policy towards Latin America. It also gauges the impact of human rights campaigns on the policy-making processes.
She is also a journalist, specializing in Latin American affairs. She was The Guardian’s correspondent in Caracas and has also reported for the BBC World Service, the Independent on Sunday and The Observer. She is the author of Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War (2003) and America's Backyard: Latin America and the United States from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Drugs, (2009). She has also contributed a chapter on ‘The United States and the Latin American Right’ to Geraldine Lievesley and Steve Ludlum (eds.), Rightwing Politics in Latin America, (London: Zed Books, 2011) and a chapter on ‘Drugs and Criminal Organisations’ to Pia Riggirozzi and Chris Wylde (eds.), The Handbook of South American Governance, (Routledge to be published in April 2017).
Federico Lorenz holds a PhD in Social Sciences (Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento - IDES) and a BA in History from the National University of Luján. He is currently an Associate Researcher at CONICET (National Scientific and Technical Research Comittee), based at the Instituto de Historia Argentina y Americana “Dr. Emilio Ravignani” in Buenos Aires.
He was recently awarded a research grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation for developing a project on Malvinas/ Falklands War experiences through amateur photographs and war correspondence. Throughout his career as a teacher and historian, he has focused on recent Argentine history, such as political violence, state repression and the Malvinas/ Falklands War, as well as the relationships between history, memory and education. He is a specialist in the social history of the war. He travelled twice to the Malvinas/ Falklands. From those experiences several books and documentaries have emerged (one for BBC Radio 4), as well as educational materials. During 2009 he was in charge of the Programa Educación y Memoria (Memory and Education Programme) of the Ministry of Education (Argentina). Between 2007 and 2008 he was curator of the Museum of the Malvinas Soldier, located in the city of Rawson (Chubut). Between 2000 and 2004 he worked for the Open Memory Civil Partnership (Memoria Abierta), which collects testimonies in an audiovisual archive on state terrorism. During that time, he participated in the assembly and construction of the oral archive.
He regularly publishes on mainstream media in Argentina. Among other books, he is the author of Algo parecido a la felicidad. Una historia de la lucha de la clase trabajadora argentina, 1973-1978 (2013), Las guerras por Malvinas (2012), Fantasmas de Malvinas, Un libro de viajes (2008), Malvinas. Una guerra Argentina (2009) and Todo lo que necesitás saber sobre Malvinas (2014). In addition, he published two novels, Montoneros o la ballena blanca (2012) and Los muertos de nuestras guerras (2013).
Marta Magalhães Wallace holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. Dr. Magalhães Wallace’s thesis looked at ideas about cosmopolitanism, processes of urban transformation, and violence in contemporary Brazil. Her research interests include political economy and social transformations; ethnography of the state; cities, space and the built environment; violence; memory; mental health; gender; ethics (especially ethics of care); and social theory. Between 2007 and 2011, Dr. Magalhaes Wallace was a postdoctoral research fellow at CLAS, where she convened the MPhil course on the Anthropology of Latin America. She is currently a research associate in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a collaborator at CRIA (Centro em Rede de Investigação em Antropologia), ISCTE-IUL (Lisbon). Dr. Magalhães Wallace has written extensively on space, citizenship and violence in Brazil. She has also written on history, memory, material culture and identity in Portugal (2009). In addition to her work in Latin America, Dr. Magalhães Wallace has recently started to do research on mental health in contemporary Europe.
Guillermo A. Makin is an Argentine political scientist. He gained a First Class Honours Degree at Universidad del Salvador, Argentina, in 1976. His University of Cambridge PhD, completed in 1984, entitled Political Crises in Argentina: 1955 and 1975-76, led him to interview a large number of relevant political actors over the following 20 years. This body of original documentary material is the basis of his current project comparing Argentine institutional and political development on the 30th anniversary of the return of democracy. Makin specialised in relations between Argentina and the UK after the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee asked him to interview politicians in 1982-84. This is an on-going project. Makin is frequently consulted by the Argentine and the British media and has published numerous articles, papers and a book comparing presidential and parliamentary systems, Presidencialismo y Parlamentarismo: un estudio del caso británico (El Cid Editor). In the past he has held lectureships at the Universidad de Bologna (Buenos Aires) and the Universidad del Salvador and was appointed Professor by the Universidad de Belgrano in 2001.
Recent publications include ‘Los cambios en la Argentina democrática, 1983-2013’, a paper presented at a Round Table in London in December 2013, organised by the University of Notre Dame and the Kellogg Institute, and also available in a slightly altered text, in English, here. On British politics and the South Atlantic dispute with Argentina see ‘El triunfo de una nueva aristocracia: un modelo para pocos’, in Le Monde Diplomatique: Explorador, pp. 82-87, also at www.eldiplo.org.
Makin’s blog is at http://gamakin.blogspot.co.uk/
Adriana Laura Massidda trained as an architect University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she graduated in 2006, and took the MPhil in Architecture at Cambridge in 2011. After some years of architectural practice, Adriana started her current research focused on the history of urban informality in Buenos Aires and the interaction between the shantytowns and the State. She is in the last stage of writing of her PhD thesis, entitled ‘Shantytowns and the Modern City: Agency and Urban Poverty in South-Western Buenos Aires (1958-72)’.
Adriana’s PhD thesis explores the collective spatial practices of shantytown residents in Buenos Aires, their intertwining with State interventions, and the way in which these affect the continuous (re)configuration of the urban territory. It looks at shantytowns historically, focusing on a series of case studies located in South-Western Buenos Aires during the period 1958-1972. It is argued that shantytowns embody a particularly visible instance of processes that take place more broadly in cities, such as the politicisation implied in any act of urban transformation, the contradictions of modernisation as a top-down practice intended to organise the territory which has often ignored bottom-up initiatives, or the dynamics of spatial actions based on people’s needs.
Chloe Nahum-Claudel holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Cambridge. She is currently a Junior Research Fellow at Pembroke College and is affiliated to the Department of Social Anthropology. In 2013-14 she held a post-doctoral fellowship at the EHESS in Paris. She is the coordinator of the Centre’s new Race and Indigeneity Module in 2015-16.
Between 2006 and 2013 Chloe Nahum-Claudel conducted fieldwork with the Enawene-nawe in Brazil’s Southern Amazon region. She has published several articles based on this research and is preparing a book, Feasting with Killers: vital diplomacy in Amazonia. Her work has focused on anthropological staples like the relationships between ritual and economic life, and kinship and politics; as well as squarely Amazonian themes of agriculture, fishing and the cosmology of livelihood; and the nexus between cooking, curing and orientations to the invisible world. Another aspect of her work focuses on conflicts over resources and indigenous people’s identity politics in Brazil. This strand has been developed through participation on a 3 year French National Research Agency funded project on ‘The construction of ‘heritage’: memory, knowledge and politics in contemporary Indigenous America.’ In 2015 she began fieldwork in the highlands of Papua New Guinea, in Simbu Province. This new departure is a continuation of a long term interest in exploring the limits and potentials of comparison between indigenous life worlds in Amazonia and Melanesia.
Charlie Nurse is a modern historian and political scientist who holds degrees from the Universities of Manchester (BA) and Glasgow (M. Litt). His post-graduate research was on the politics of the labour movement in Ecuador and was summarised in a chapter on Ecuador in “The State, Industrial Relations & the Labour Movement in Latin America” (edited by Jean Carrière et al, 1989). In the 1980s he worked in social development in Nicaragua and taught in the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua before becoming a travel writer, authoring the early editions of the Chile Handbook and the Argentina Handbook. He was subsequently Senior Lecturer in Modern History & Politics at Anglia Ruskin University, specialising on Latin America and Spain and he has also worked for the Open University. He has taught courses on Latin American and Spanish History on the Cambridge University International Summer Schools programme and on Third World Revolutions at the Universidad de la Frontera in Chile. His current research and teaching interests include the Cold War in Latin America, the Cuban Revolution, revolutionary movements, and contemporary political change in Argentina and Chile.
Cristina Reigadas received her Ph.D. degree in Philosophy at the School of Philosophy, University of Buenos Aires. Since then she has been Tenured Full Professor at the School of Social Sciences, University of Buenos Aires, where she is now Consultant Professor and Researcher at the “Gino Germani” Institute of Social Research. She is a Life Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge.
She specializes in political philosophy, ethics, sociopolitical theory, and critical Latin American thought. Focusing on contemporary social change, she has particularly worked on modernity and globalization, global democracy, contemporary theories of democracy, modernity and democracy in Latin America, deliberative democracy, civil society and voluntary associations. She currently conducts a research project on modernity and democracy in India and China.
Reigadas has compiled and co-authored over 30 books, including Entre la norma y la forma. Cultura y política hoy (EUDEBA, 1998), Globalización y nuevas ciudadanías (Editorial Suárez/IIGG, 2004), “Crisis y renovación de la democracia desde la perspectiva del diálogo intercultural. La cuestión de la democracia en China”, ¿“Quién le teme a Daniel Bell? De la crítica de la cultura de masas al posmodernismo cultural” (2014), Jürgen Habermas and Wang Hui. Modernidad y sociedad mundial: un diálogo intercultural” (2012), “Modernidad y religión en el pensamiento actual de Habermas” (2011), “Calidad institucional y populismo: dos visiones de la democracia latinoamericana” (2010), “¿Misioneros, militantes, tecnócratas? Hacia un cambio de paradigma en las asociaciones voluntarias en la Argentina” (2008), translated into Chinese Mandarin in the Journal of Comparative Economic & Social Systems (JCESS), (www.bijiao.net.cn) (2014).
She has given lectures, courses and seminars at universities around the world, including Argentina, Chile, Brazil, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, China and the UK, and has worked as a visiting professor with Professor Daniel Bell at the Department of Sociology, Harvard University, USA; Professor Thomas McCarthy at the Department of Philosophy, Northwestern University, USA; Professor Bryan Turner at the University of Cambridge; and with Professor Alain Caillé at the Laboratoire de Sociologie, Philosophie and Anthropologie Politique (Sophiapol), Université de París X, France.
She has been distinguished by the Institute of German and Latin American Culture (ICALA) for her contributions to the development of Latin American thought.
Senior Research Associate
David Rock graduated from St. John's College, Cambridge with a BA and MA and holds a Cambridge Ph.D. He served as Research Officer in the Cambridge Centre of Latin American Studies and later moved to the History Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he taught Latin American history for more than three decades. His research interests lie in Argentina, a country on which he has published books and articles on nineteenth and twentieth century historical topics. The books include Politics in Argentina, 1890-1930. The Rise and Fall of Radicalism, based on a Ph.D. dissertation completed at Cambridge. He later published a synthetic general history, Argentina 1516-1987. From Spanish Colonization to Alfonsin. A study titled Authoritarian Argentina provoked by the Argentine military dictatorships of the 1970s followed. Another book titled State Formation and Political Movements in Argentina, 1860-1916, analysed the growth of the political system in that period. On returning to Cambridge, he hopes to complete a book on the British in Argentina tentatively titled 'Empire without Dominion: the British in the Río de la Plata from 1800'.
Kirsten Sehnbruch is the Director of the Public Policy Institute at the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. She is also an Associate Researcher and founding board member of the Centre for Social Conflict and Cohesion (also in Chile) with responsibility for the Centre’s international relations. Before this, she was a Research Fellow at the Department of Economics at the University of Chile and a Lecturer and Senior Scholar at the University of California, at Berkeley. Her research focuses principally on conceptualizing and measuring the quality of employment in developing countries. She also works on Latin American labour markets, social policy, development policy, and Chilean politics. Her articles have been published by The Cambridge Journal of Economics, Development and Change, and the International Labour Review. She is the author of the book The Chilean Labor Market: A Key to Understanding Latin American Labor Markets (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006), and with Peter Siavelis editor of Democratic Chile: The Politics and Policies of a Historic Coalition, 1990-2010 (Lynne Rienner, 2014).
Cirenia Chávez is a PhD candidate in Development Studies. The subject of her research explores the factors behind organised crime participation amongst youth in Mexico, for which she carried out fieldwork amongst inmate populations in Ciudad Juarez. Her research interests include youth well-being and capabilities, organised crime and multidimensional poverty. Prior to her research in Cambridge, she completed a master's degree in International Relations at New York University. She has worked as a research assistant for development organisations, including the Overseas Development Institute in London and UNDP, Regional Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, New York headquarters. She has received support from the Cambridge Trust and CONACyT, and has also been a recipient of a Fulbright scholarship.
Sergio Triana is currently a Doctoral candidate at the Institute of Criminology (University of Cambridge, Law Faculty), holds a Mid-career Master of Public Affairs (SciencesPo, Paris), a Master of Public Administration (Columbia University, SIPA) and a Political Sciences bachelor degree (Universidad de Los Andes, Colombia). His research is focus on the analysis of the ex-combatants (Illegal Armed Groups -IAG) violence and criminality in the Colombian internal conflict framework and has been part of 8th publications. Triana has been a practitioner and researcher in peace & conflict, security and Disarmament, Demobilisation and Reintegration (DDR) in different region as Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). Therefore, he has leaded technical cooperation, teaching and consultancy projects in the following countries: (i) Myanmar, (ii) Cambodia (iii) Turkey, (iv) the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), (v) Indonesia, (vi) Timor-Lest and (vii) Colombia. In the international affairs sector, Triana has worked for the Interamerican Development Bank (IADB) in the Vice-presidency of Sector (VPS) and the Institution for Development sector (IfD) in topics as modernization of the State, welfare policy and security in the LAC (Junior advisor). In the public sector he worked in the Presidency of Republic of Colombia at the Colombian Agency for Reintegration (advisor/area coordinator).