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Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla

Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla is an Associate Professor in the Department of Global Sustainable Development (School for Cross-Faculty Studies). She has been working on Cuba for the past twenty years, with a particular interest in Cuban culture, human rights and more recently, Cuba’s involvement in global health. Her first co-authored monograph analysed the relationship between Fidel Castro and Colombian Nobel Prize winner, Gabriel García Márquez (Gabo y Fidel. El paisaje de una amistad (Espasa Calpe) / Fidel and Gabo. The Portrait of a Friendship (Pegasus 2010). The book was translated into six languages. Her most recent monograph analyses the testimony of a persecuted homosexual Cuban writer in Reinaldo Arenas’ Pentagony (Tamesis Books, 2016).

Stéphanie’s current research focuses on the impact of Humanitarian Aid on identity construction and alteration, and more specifically on the case of the Cuban Internationalist Solidarity Programme. In the summer of 2014, she was awarded the British Council Researcher Links grant and was a visiting research fellow at the Cuban Heritage Collection (University of Miami), where she created an archive entitled “Life Stories of Cuban Internationalist Healthcare Professionals”. More recently, she was awarded the Warwick Research Development Fund award for a project on South-South cooperation between Cuba and the African continent, with a specific focus on Tanzania. Stephanie’s articles have appeared in journals including Third World Quarterly, Oral History, Humor: International Journal of Humor Studies, among others. She holds a PhD in Hispanic Philology from the University of Granada, Spain.

Keywords: Cuban culture, Human Rights, Global Health, South-South Cooperation, Oral History, Tanzania


Tom Long

Tom Long is Assistant Professor in Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick and Affiliated Professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas in Mexico City. He was 2017-2018 Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile.

Most of Tom’s research concerns International Relations of the Americas, with a focus on US-Latin American relations and Latin American foreign policy. His research has an historical and archival emphasis. He is currently conducting multinational research on Latin America in the post-Second World War critical juncture as part of a larger project on Latin America and the liberal international order. He is particularly interested in Mexico, Brazil, and Colombia. He is always keen to find new collaborations at the intersections of Latin American studies, politics, IR, political economy, and history.

Tom is author of Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence(Cambridge University Press, 2015). His articles have appeared in journals including International Security, International Affairs, International Studies Review, Diplomatic History, Foro Internacional, andLatin American Research Review. He holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from American University.

Keywords: IR, Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, political economy, foreign policy


Rebecca Earle

Rebecca Earle teaches history at the University of Warwick. Her research has investigated aspects of Spanish American cultural and political history, and particularly the nature of identity, memory and embodiment. Lately she has developed a particular interest in the cultural significance of food and eating. Her most recent monograph, The Body of the Conquistador (Cambridge, 2012), which won the 2013 Bolton-Johnson Prize, explored the centrality of food to the construction of colonial space, and the ‘racial’ categories that underpinned it. She is currently writing a history of the potato, which uses the emergence of the potato as an Enlightenment super-food to explore the connections between everyday life and new ideas of individualism, political economy and the state.

Keywords: histories of food, clothing, race, nationalism, colonial Spanish America, cannibalism, colonialism, potatoes.


Alison Ribeiro de Menezes

Alison Ribeiro de Menezes is Professor of Hispanic Studies at Warwick. Her research focuses on questions of cultural memory after dictatorship. She is currently PI, working with CI Prof. John King, on the AHRC-funded project, 'Chilean Exiles and World University Service'. The project focuses on UK support for Chileans exiled after the 1973 glope de estado and involves a close collaboration with the Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos in Santiago. She is also beginning work on the role of applied theatre for conflict transformation in Colombia with Dr María Estrada-Fuentes.

Keywords: memory, dictatorship, exile, literature, film, Chile


Benjamin Smith

Benjamin Smith is a historian of modern Latin America with a focus on ninetieth and twentieth Mexico. His current research interests include journalism and the public sphere, the war on drugs and the drug trade, and civil society, grassroots politics and the Partido Revolucionario Institucional.

Keywords: Mexican drug trade, state formation, conservatism, religion, indigenismo, the Mexican press, U.S. war on drugs


Vicki Squire

Vicki Squire’s research focuses on the politics of migration, practices of governing human mobility, and pro-migration civil society activist movements. She has carried out research in the context of migration from the global South to the global North, including between central and south America to the US.

Keywords: sanctuary enactments, border struggles, migration, citizenship


Isleide Zissimos

Isleide Zissimos joined Warwick as a Teaching Fellow. Isleide is originally from Brazil, but has spent much of her career as a Lecturer in Economics at the Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University, USA. At Vanderbilt Isleide became a fellow of the Center for Latin American Studies(CLAS), where she contributed to the teaching and outreach activities of the Center. CLAS has a remarkable concentration of Latin Americanists in fields that range from Anthropology to Engineering, with special strengths in Brazil, Central America, the Andes, and the Black Atlantic.

Isleide has a strong interest in the fields of Institutions, Trade and Economic Development. This interest led her to found the InsTED research network jointly with her husband. The objective of the network is to support the exchange of ideas between researchers working at the intersection of Institutions, Trade, and Economic Development. In 2016, Isleide moved to the UK and worked for University of Exeter as a Tutor in Economics for two years, before moving to Warwick.

Keywords: Economic Development, Institutions, International Economics, Political Economy


Ricardo Aguilar (Jose-Ricardo Aguilar-Gonzalez)

Ricardo Aguilar is a Mexican PhD student of History, currently working on the history of food in colonial Mexico (New Spain), especially in XVI and XVII centuries at the Department of History at the University of Warwick (UK) under the direction of Prof. Rebecca Earle, where he was awarded the Chancellor’s International Scholarship by the University of Warwick Graduate School. For this research, along with his main sources –‘Relaciones geográficas de Indias’ (geographical records of XVI century New Spain) - Ricardo is also interested in the recounts of the voyages of Richard Hakluyt and Samuel Purchas, as well as on the early modern dictionaries on vernacular languages (be them European or American).

Keywords: History of food, Relaciones geográficas of the Spanish West Indies (C16th), History of science in the Atlantic world, global history of Latin America, Renaissance history and the New World, history of the New Spain, Indigenous nobility, Samuel Purchas, Richard Hakluyt


Leonello Bazzurro

Leonello Bazzurro is a 3rd year PhD Chilean student in Philosophy and Literature at the University of Warwick. His research is mainly concerned with the experimental poetry and the artist’s books made by Juan Luis Martínez (Valparaíso, 1942-1993) under Pinochet’s Dictatorship. In a broader view, Leonello is interested in Chilean and Latin American Conceptual and Post Avant-garde art/poetry from the late 1960s up to now. Among the poets and visual artists Leonello is interested on are Elvira Hernández, Carlos Soto Román, Raúl Zurita, Gonzalo Millán, Guillermo Deisler, Ulises Carrión, Cecilia Vicuña, Haroldo de Campos, Augusto de Campos and Vicente Huidobro. His focus relies on the processes of appropriation-cannibalization of European-North American production (such as Marcel Duchamp, Joseph Cornell, Fluxus), in order to produce a politized visual poetry and, overall, artists’ books. In order to reflects about this processes, Leonello takes issue with Deleuze and Guattari’s aesthetics considerations (rhizome,assemblage, immanence, difference, machine, and so on). Leonello did a BA in Latin American Literature at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; a MA in Political Philosophy at the Universidad de Chile and at the Goethe Universität; and a MA in Music therapy at the Universidad de Chile.

Keywords: Juan Luis Martínez, Visual Poetry, Pinochet’s Dictatorship, Artist’s book, Deleuzian-Guattarian Aesthetics


Alejandro Veiga-Exposito

Alejandro Veiga-Exposito is a first year PhD student in the Hispanic Studies Department. His thesis’ provisional title is Poetics of Crisis: Enigmatic Realities in Spanish and Venezuelan Contemporary Literature, and his supervisors are Professor Alison Ribeiro de Menezes and Dr Fabienne Viala. Ricardo’s thesis will analyse how short-fiction, flash-fiction, and poetry authors are addressing the crisis in both Venezuela and Spain. He has also worked in British and North American contemporary theatre and poetry. Ricardo haa published articles and book chapters in these areas using interdisciplinary approaches, articulating different disciplines such as philosophy of language, aesthetics and politics, postcolonialism, race and gender studies, and psychoanalysis.

Keywords: aesthetics and politics, Spanish and Latin American contemporary literature, critical and cultural theory, Venezuela, Spain


Giulia Champion 

Giulia Champion's research looks at literature from former British, French, Portuguese and Spanish colonies in most of the Caribbean and Latin America, as well as parts of Africa, which aims to challenge "colonial histories" through adapting canonical cultural productions through the use of the technique of “literary cannibalism”. This is done by displacing cannibalism as an act of savagery projected onto former colonial people to its use to identify and expose the consumption and exploitation of people and land by European and North American colonial and imperial powers. Giulia’s research focuses on postcolonial environmental studies and decolonial theory.

Keywords: Cannibalism, Brazilian Modernism, Mexico, the Caribbean, Colonial and Violent Histories, Capitalism and Economy Imaginaries, World-Ecology


Richard Aldrich

Richard Aldrich's area studies training was originally South-east Asia. Currently Richard is working on a book on the CIA and Latin America with Zakia Shiraz (who was a research fellow here at Warwick). He is also working on a grant bid on hostages, kidnapping and ransoms with latin american case studies. Richard's own current work on the CIA and journalism involves work on Cuba in the 1960s.

Keywords: Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, CIA, journalism, hostages, embassy seizures, security sector reform


Sofia Mercader

Sofia Mercader’s research interests are twentieth-century Argentine and Latin American literature, politics and culture, magazines and intellectual networks. Her PhD thesis examines the recent history of Argentina’s cultural and political development through the perspective of intellectuals. In particular, it focuses on the trajectory of the intellectual cohort grouped around the magazine Punto de Vista (1978-2008), one of the most influential cultural publications of the late twentieth century, in Argentina and Latin America. Sofia argues in her research that this group of intellectuals played a key role in the 1983 democratic transition, both in the restoration of the cultural and intellectual fields, and in the interpretation and reconstruction of a rather traumatic past. Either engaged to the post-dictatorship government as advisors of President Raúl Alfonsín, or as critical supporters, the intellectuals from Punto de Vista established the dominant discourse of the 1980s in Argentina, which strongly endorsed democracy and opposed the authoritarian discourses of the military and right-wing political parties.

Sofia is currently working on an article about the work of Ricardo Piglia, an Argentine writer who was originally a main editor of Punto de Vista. His recently published The Diaries of Emilio Renziare a relevant testimony of the 1960s and 1970s Argentina and an excellent literary piece.

Keywords: Argentina, Punto de Vista, political magazines, Latin American literature


Michela Coletta

Michela Coletta (PhD in Latin American History, UCL) is a Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick and Associate Fellow of ILAS, University of London. Michela's research has focused on Latin American modernity since the nineteenth century, and increasingly on Latin American critiques of modernity especially within the environmental humanities. Michela is also editor of Warwick Hispanic Research.

Keywords: Latinidad, global environmental governance, Bolivia, politics of the environment, environmental humanities


Mike Geddes

Mike Geddes is currently an Associate in the Department of History, University of Warwick. His academic background is in history and geography (BA Southampton) and urban and regional studies (PhD Sussex). From 1989 to 2008 Mike was Senior Research Fellow, Reader and Professorial Fellow in the Local Government Centre, Warwick Business School. His research spanned a range of issues in local politics and public policy, with particular interests in theories of the state and cross-national comparative analysis of patterns of local governance under neoliberalism. Mike's interest in cross-national comparative analysis led to his current research focus on aspects of politics and policy in those Latin American countries with more progressive political regimes, especially Bolivia. Specific research topics include radical initiatives in local politics and governance; political and policy programmes which claim to challenge the hegemony of neoliberalism; and projects to ‘refound’ the neo-colonialist and neoliberal state. His work includes a forthcoming co-edited book on Latin American Marxisms which ranges across.the 20thand 21stcenturies.

Keywords: Bolivia, local politics and public policy, Latin American Marxisms, neoliberalism and local governance


Liana Beatrice Valerio

Liana Beatrice Valerio is in the final year of her PhD in History. Her work examines the comparative emotional worlds of elite slaveholders in South Carolina and Cuba, 1820 – 1850, and the contrasting ‘genres’ of slaveholding each presented in writing when discussing their experiences of mastery to various audiences. The thesis questions the manner in which the social expectations of masculine behaviour observed in each region created an environment of emotional freedom, or strangulation, as well as exploring how the antithetical statuses of increasingly secessionist South Carolina, and ‘ever faithful’ Spanish colony Cuba, affected the words used by elite slaveholders to discuss slavery in each region. Liana’s work contrasts the public against the private, and the censored proslavery script against what was perceived to have been slanderous vilification, often provided by abolitionists or those opposed to the continuation of the Atlantic slave-trade.

Liana is also personally interested in the history of football in Argentina, especially the social function of the Barras Bravas among marginalised groups.

Keywords: Cuba, History of the Emotions, slavery, masculinity, Spanish Empire, censorship, nationalism


Stefania Paredes Fuentes

Stefania Paredes Fuentes joined Warwick in 2015 and she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics. Stefania’s PhD research focused on what matters for economic growth and institutional development in Latin America. In particular, she investigated the theory of ‘colonial origins of institutions’ in the region. Some literature in Economics and social sciences argues that current institutions in former colonies reflect colonial institutions. These theories are based on the idea that institutions change (very) slow over time. In her thesis, Stefania shows that current institutions in Latin America are weakly correlated to colonial ones. She then explains what matters for the origins and evolution of these institutions. The main findings show that natural resources and post-colonial British intervention can help us to explain why Latin American societies are so unequal and how the high levels of inequality affect the evolution of institutions in the region.

Stefania has also worked on the effects of oil exploitation in the non-oil economy in Ecuador. Ecuadorean economy is heavily reliant on oil exports, and changes in oil prices have large effects on this economy. Focusing on the 2000s increase in oil prices, we can observe that the Ecuadorean economy showed clear symptoms of ‘Dutch disease’ after the commodity market experienced an abrupt increase in commodity prices. Policies that look into diversifying the economy are desirable.

Stefania is currently working on two projects. One is on how we can adopt a human right-based approach to improve economic policy, the second project works on understanding what affects how students’ use of academic resources may impact their exam performance.

Keywords: Ecuador, natural resource curse, colonial institutions, post-colonial institutions, human rights, education


Rafael Alejandro Vaquera Salazar

Rafael Vaquera’s academic background is in business planning and supply chain management. He obtained his B.A. from the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and his M.Sc. degree from the University of Sheffield. His current PhD research at Warwick Business School is related to energy policy, institutional change and corporate non-market strategy. Previously, he was project manager and lecturer at the Autonomous University of Tamaulipas and collaborated in several research initiatives with colleagues from Chiapas (Mexico), Chihuahua (Mexico) and Santiago, Oriente (Cuba).

Keywords: energy policy, energy security, institutional change, oil and gas industry, Mexico, North America


Erika Herrera Rosales

Erika Herrera Rosales is a second-year PhD student from the Sociology department at the University of Warwick. Drawing on decolonial/postcolonial theory and critical human rights approach, her research addresses the relationship between humanitarian organisations and migrants from Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras) in the context of Mexico. Specifically, her project explores the roles, discourses and experiences of migrants and staff members centred around various NGOs, shelters, and migrant houses (casas del migrante) located in Mexico City, Tapachula and Tijuana. By questioning how colonial attitudes are being reproduced in these organisations, the research also captures practices of negotiation and resistance.

Keywords: non-governmental organisations, Mexico, Central America migration, decolonial/postcolonial theory, humanitarianism


Alejandro Veiga-Exposito
Alejandro is a Postgraduate Researcher and Spanish tutor at Warwick. He is broadly interested in the intersection of literature, film, and politics, particularly to the fields of literary and critical theory in Hispanic and Latin American Studies. His engagement with critical theory results in the articulation of aesthetics and politics, philosophy of language, and psychoanalysis. His PhD thesis, supervised by Prof. Alison de Menezes and Dr Fabienne Viala, compares contemporary literary approaches to crisis in Spain and Venezuela. The project explores new emerging aesthetics in both short fiction and poetry dealing with the ontology and phenomenology of crisis subjectivities, under the provisional title of Poetics of Crisis in Spanish and Venezuelan Contemporary Literature.
Keywords: Spain, Venezuela, fiction, poetry, film, psychoanalysis, literature

Rosie Doyle

Rosie is the Senior Teaching Fellow in Latin American History at Warwick. Rosie's doctoral research and publications to date were among the outputs of the St Andrews-based digital history project The Pronunciamiento in Independent Mexcio 1821-1876. Her current research project is a history of human rights in Mexico. It is a study of how the relationship between Liberation Theologians, local communities and indigenous rights and human rights activists has developed since the late 1960s. Rosie is co-convenor of the Warwick Oral History Network.

Keywords: Oral History, Mexico, human rights, indigenous rights