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Dr Michela Coletta

Assistant Professor in Hispanic Studies

photoEmail: m dot coletta at warwick dot ac dot uk

Humanities Building
University Road
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Michela Coletta is Assistant Professor in Hispanic Studies. Michela received her PhD in Latin American History from University College London. She has previously taught at King's College London, University College London and at the University of Bristol. She has also held a Marie Curie Early Career Fellowship at the Universidad 'Pablo de Olavide' in Seville, Spain, a Research Fellowship at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London, and an Associate Research Fellowship at UCL Institute of the Americas. She continues to collaborate with ILAS as Associate Research Fellow.

In her doctoral work Michela specialised in intellectual and cultural history of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries, with a focus on cultural modernity and ideas of degeneration. Her monograph Decadent Modernity: Civilisation and Latinidad in Spanish America, 1880-1920 was published by LUP in 2018. She has also contributed book chapters on the origins of degeneration theory in the medical and sociological discourse of late-nineteenth-century Europe and Latin America (La Biblioteca Valenciana/King’s College London, 2007) and on ideas of race and immigration in Chile and Argentina (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). In her work bridging the fields of modernity studies, environmental humanities and decolonial studies, Michela approaches the history and politics of the environment in Latin America from the perspective of cultural and intellectual history. She is co-author of the chapter ‘Whose Natures? Whose Knowledges? An Introduction to Epistemic Politics and Eco-Ontologies in Latin America’, published in the volume Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America (ILAS Book Series, 2016), of which she is also co-editor. The book can be downloaded for free here. Among her latest publications are a co-edited special section on Race and Geography in Latin American History for BLAR (2018), which includes her article on Imagined Races in Twentieth-Century Argentina, and the OA co-authored paper Counter-Hegemonic Narratives and the Politics of Plurality: Problematising Global Environmental Governance from Latin America through the Case of Bolivia (2018).

Michela is also year abroad lead coordinator for Hispanic Studies and the editor of Warwick Hispanic Research Blog:

Twitter: @michelacoletta


On leave October 2020-April 2021