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Dr Michela Coletta

Teaching Fellow 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 Teaching Fellow 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. A monograph titled Decadent Modernity: Civilisation and ‘Latinidad’ in Spanish America, 1880-1920 is forthcoming with LUP in October 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 most recent work, Michela approaches the history and politics of the environment in Latin America from the perspective of intellectual history, focusing on visions of nature and modernity throughout the twentieth century. 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. Her latest publication is 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.

Michela is also Year Abroad leading coordinator for Hispanic Studies and the editor of Warwick Hispanic Research Blog:

Twitter: @michelacoletta

Office hours 2019-20

Tuesday, 4-6 pm