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Centre of Latin American Studies


Academic Staff of the Centre of Latin American Studies

Charles Jones
Director, Centre of Latin American Studies

Charles 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. 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.

Joanna Page
Director of the M.Phil and Graduate Studies

Joanna Page is a Senior University Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at CLAS and also a member of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese. She specialises in Argentine literature and cinema. She is the author of Crisis and Capitalism in Contemporary Argentine Cinema (Duke University Press, 2009) and Creativity and Science in Contemporary Argentine Literature: Between Romanticism and Formalism (forthcoming), and the co-editor of Visual Synergies in Fiction and Documentary Film from Latin America (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). She is currently completing a book manuscript on science fiction from Argentina across various media, including literature, film, theatre and comics.

Steven Boldy

Steven 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) and The Narrative of Carlos Fuentes: Family, Text, Nation (Durham Modern Languages, 2002).

Geoffrey Kantaris

Geoffrey 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

Ed King specialises in Argentine and Brazilian literature and visual culture. He is the author of Science Fiction and Digital Technologies in Argentine and Brazilian Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He is currently pursuing his interest in technology and culture in two research projects. The first is a study of ‘virtual Orientalism’ in Latin American cultural and intellectual engagements with Japanese modernity from the end of the nineteenth century to the present. The second sets out to examine the reflexive incorporation of other media in comic books and graphic novels from Latin America as a way of questioning the dominant narratives of technology and modernity in the region.

Michael Kuczynski

Michael Kuczynski is a Fellow of Pembroke College and an authority on international economics and finance. 

Sian Lazar

Sian Lazar is a University Lecturer in the Division of Social 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).

David Lehmann

David Lehmann was a 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). 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.

Rory O’Bryen

Rory 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.

Sarah A Radcliffe

Sarah A Radcliffe is Professor of Latin American Geography.

Gabriela Ramos

Gabriela 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.

Erica Segre

Erica 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).