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Centre of Latin American Studies


Visiting Scholars 2023-4

Hettie Malcomson (February 2024 to May 2024)

Dr Hettie Malcomson is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology and Social Anthropology at the University of Southampton. After working in the music industry and as a composer for film and theatre, she turned to research to focus on what the ethnographic study of music reveals about social inequalities. She has explored manifestations of racism, ageism and hierarchies of knowledge production through Mexican danzón. Her monograph Danzón Days (2023, University of Illinois Press) was presented at the Centre of Latin American Studies in November last year.  She is currently writing a monograph interrogating experiences of bellicose violence in Mexico through hip-hop. This book will offer an empirical understanding of how disenfranchised youth living in Mexican cities experience, promote and critique the intense violence and criminality they are subject to through rap music. Dr Hettie Malcomson is a visiting scholar at the Centre of Latin American Studies until May 2024.

Lenon Campos Maschette (January 2024 - July 2024)

Dr Lenon Campos Maschette is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Political Science at the University State of Campinas (UNICAMP). His research has focused on political ideologies, political ideas, political thought and political history, in which he has been working with particular interest on right-wing ideologies, more specifically, conservative, neoliberal and far-right political actors, groups, and ideas. During his PhD, pursued at the University of São Paulo (USP) – with a period as a visiting PhD student at Lancaster University and King’s College –, he studied the conservative concept of citizenship during Margaret Thatcher, John Major and David Cameron’s administrations. His postdoctoral research focuses on understanding the conceptual and ideological connections between neoliberalism and far-right ideologies from a transnational approach that compares these developments in Brazil and the UK. Dr Campos Maschette has published in important British and Brazilian journals such as the Journal of Political Ideologies, the British Contemporary History, the British Politics and the Revista de Historia da USP. More recently, he worked on the book (forthcoming) The British Conservative Party: Ideology and Citizenship (Routledge: 2024). Dr Campos Maschette is a visiting scholar at the Centre of Latin American Studies from January 2024 to July 2024.

Henrique Costa (December 2023 - May 2024)

Dr Henrique Costa is postdoctoral fellow in Sociology at the University of São Paulo (USP). As an urban ethnographer, his work highlights popular ways of life in Brazilian peripheries. His PhD at the State University of Campinas (Unicamp), in 2022, approaches the rising phenomenon of entrepreneurialism in popular territories, the precarious condition of self-employment, and, more broadly, the impact of structural transformations in subjectivities, unfolding social and political consequences. He also published the book Entre o lulismo e o ceticismo (Between Lulismo and Skepticism) in 2018, based on a research with a group of beneficiaries of the Programme University for All (Prouni) in the context of former Workers’ Party (PT) administrations. Dr Costa will be visiting scholar at the Centre of Latin American Studies until May 2024.

Benjamin Garcia Paez (October 2023 - July 2024)

Dr Benjamin Garcia Paez is Professor of Economics at the Faculty of Economics, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). His research fields include Financing of the Economic Development Process, Industrialization, Re-Industrialization Strategies, Productivity, Industrial Policy, and Natural Resources Economics. He has published on the Economics of Growth and Development in a range of international journals. In his academic career, he has been awarded with the UNAM prize, and the recognition of Prometheus Researcher in Ecuador and Professor Honoris Causa for the University of Piura-Peru. He has held visiting appointments at the University of Grenoble-France, University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of Cambridge where recently he was elected to serve as Visiting Fellow of Clare Hall. At present, he is working in a research project on Manufacturing Productivity and Industrial Policy in Mexico, 1990-2022, as a part of an Industrial Economics research network and will be visiting the Centre of Latin-American Studies until July 31, 2024.