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UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER

2010-11: Lecturer for From Silver to Cocaine: the History of Commodities in Latin America

This single semester course for third year students uses commodities such as silver, guano, coffee and cocaine as optics through which to study the economic, social, political and cultural history of Latin America since the Spanish Conquest. Drawing on the concept of commodity chains, the course examines how commodities, from production to consumption, have shaped the history of Latin America, and, more broadly, the world.

2010-11: Lecturer for Economic and Social History of Latin America (seminar tutor in 2009)

This single semester course for second year students introduces key themes and debates in the social and economic history of Latin America since Independence. We examine such topics as the economic and political instability of the post-Independence period, the rise of Latin American export economies, US economic and cultural expansion and influence, European and Asian immigration, the rise of ‘populism’, social revolution, the social and economic effects of military rule, neoliberalism and the politics of memory.

UNIVERSITY OF LIVERPOOL

2010-11: Lecturer for Conquest and Colonialism in Latin America, 1492-1700

This single semester course for first year students introduces key issues and developments in the pre-colonial, conquest and early colonial periods of Latin America. Beginning with an overview of indigenous societies and empires before the arrival of Europeans in the Americas, this course goes on to deal with the early exploration and settlement of the Caribbean, the Spanish military campaigns against the Aztec and Inka empires, the development of transatlantic slavery, and key features of early colonial politics, society, economic development, and culture.

2010-11: Guest lecturer for Contemporary Issues in Latin America I (history sessions)

This core MA module (MA in Latin American Studies) aims to provide students with a broad overview of the Latin American region in the present day and the recent past, from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. I led historical sessions on 'Food and Drink in Colonial Spanish America,' 'Nations and Narration: Literature and Nation-Building in Nineteenth Century Latin America', and 'Violence, Memory and Reconciliation: Dictatorships in Twentieth Century Latin America'.

UNIVERSITY OF WARWICK

2009-11: Seminar tutor for Introduction to North American Literature (click to see syllabus):

In this short module, for first-year students on the History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas degree, I teach weekly seminars, with small groups of students, focusing on the work of Walt Whitman, John Updike, and Cormac McCarthy.

2009, 2011: Seminar tutor for Introduction to Latin American Literature (click to view syllabus):

In this short module, for first-year students on the History, Literature and Cultures of the Americas degree, I teach weekly seminars, with small groups of students, focusing on novels by Gabriel García Márquez and Isabel Allende, and poetry by Pablo Neruda.

2007-9, 2011: Seminar tutor and lecturer for Latin America Themes and Problems:

This is a team-taught survey module covering a range of geographical regions of Latin America from 1492 to the present day, including the Conquest of Mexico and Peru, the Independence movements, Argentine history in the 19th and 20th centuries and the Mexican and Cuban revolutions. I teach fortnightly seminars with small groups of students, and I have been responsible for delivering lectures on the modern history of Chile.

 2008: Seminar tutor for Spanish for students of English (and joint honours degree students):

In this short module introducing Latin American poetry to a range of students studying the Spanish language, I taught weekly interactive lectures to a large group of students, focusing on the work of the Nobel prize winning Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. [NB. This module is no longer available]

2007-08: Guest seminar tutor for The Cultural History of Food in Latin America:

This undergraduate module explores the cultural meanings of food and cuisine in the formation of national, racial, sexual, and social identities, while also appraising the environmental and political consequences of specific food systems in Latin America from pre-Conquest to contemporary times. I taught the seminar and lecture on Alcohol and Drunkenness to small groups of students.