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Stéphanie Panichelli-Batalla, co-director

Stéphanie is the Head of School for Cross-Faculty Studies and an Associate Professor in Global Sustainable Development. 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.

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Rosie Doyle, co-director

Rosie Doyle is Senior Teaching Fellow in Latin American History. She is a Historian of Mexico. Rosie holds a PhD in Latin American Studies and Spanish from the University of St Andrews.

Her doctoral research and publications to date were outputs of the AHRC digital history project The Pronunciamiento in Independent Mexico 1821 – 1876. These publications were studies of political culture, social revolt and state formation in early-independent Mexico.

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. This research draws on interviews with activists, educators, community members, priests and theologians working in four different regions of Mexico.

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Pierre Botcherby, administrative assistant

Pierre is a PhD candidate in the History department at the university. His research looks at de-industrialisation and post-industrial regeneration in Britain in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, in particular how these process impact on community. Currently, he is examining this through an in-depth case study of his home town, St. Helens (Merseyside). Pierre is supervised by Prof. Mathew Thomson and Dr. Joachim Haberlen.

Pierre is also a seminar tutor in the History department, teaching the first year undergraduate Making of the Modern World module.

Prior to starting his PhD at Warwick in 2017, Pierre obtained a Masters in Etudes Anglophones from the University of Nice and a BA (Hons) in French & History from the University of Warwick.

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