Our members

The Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies is a focal point for world-class research into countries and cities across the region from a wide array of disciplines, including anthropology, architecture, cultural studies, development, history, linguistics, and urban studies, among others.

One of the largest such groups of Latin American and Caribbean specialists in Europe, researchers are based in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, the School of Social Sciences, and the School of Environment and Development.

If you would like to get in touch please contact one of the Centre's Co-Directors.


Ignacio Aguiló (Latin American Cultural Studies)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3689
Email: ignacio.aguilo@manchester.ac.uk

Peter Wade (Social Anthropology)
Tel: +44 (0)161-275-3991
Email: peter.wade@manchester.ac.uk

Steering Committee

Ignacio Aguiló (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies).

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3689
Email: ignacio.aguilo@manchester.ac.uk

Race and ethnicity in Latin America; whiteness studies; critical race theory; indigeneity; cultural studies; popular and experimental music.

Tanja Bastia (Institute for Development Policy and Management)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 0420
Email: tanja.bastia@manchester.ac.uk

Migration, inequalities, transnationalism, cities, gender, ageing, Bolivia.

Francisco Eissa-Barroso (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 8042
Email: francisco.eissabarroso@manchester.ac.uk

Political, social and military history of the early modern Spanish world; Imperial dynamics and governance; Spanish American political culture; Early nineteenth-century Latin American politics and constitutionalism; Transatlantic migrations and circulation.

Valentino Gianuzzi (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 7052
Email: josevalentino.gianuzzi@manchester.ac.uk

César Vallejo and Latin American avant-gardes; Latin American poetry; Peruvian literature; Latin American literary magazines and print culture; fin-de-siecle and early 20th century intellectual history; journalism and Transatlantic literary relations, translation and cultural mediation; textual scholarship.

Karl Posso (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
Tel: +44 (0)161 306 1626
Email: karl.posso@manchester.ac.uk

Twentieth-century art; ethics; twentieth-century and contemporary Spanish American and Brazilian literature; critical theory; gender studies; violence and culture; Latin American urban cultural studies.

Lúcia Sá (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies) 
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 8666
Email: lucia.sa@manchester.ac.uk

Literature and national identity in Brazil; intertextual relationships between indigenous narratives and 20th-century literature in Brazil and Spanish America; ethnopoetics and native cultures in Brazil and South American lowlands; Brazilian popular culture; the Latin American City and its representations.

James Scorer (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3049
Email: james.scorer@manchester.ac.uk

Latin American urban histories, cultures and imaginaries (especially Buenos Aires); Latin American visual culture (photography, film and comics).

Angela Torresan (Social Anthropology)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 2518
Email: angela.torresan@manchester.ac.uk

Securitisation policies and pacified favelas in Rio de Janeiro; moral economy of housing, mobility, and urban gentrification; perceptions of urban landscapes and identity, migration, cognitive and physical movement.

Peter Wade (Social Anthropology)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 3991
Email: peter.wade@manchester.ac.uk

Colombia and other Latin American countries with Black populations; ethnicity, race and racism; race and genetics; black culture and identity, urban anthropology, social geography; popular music and national identity.

Natalie Zacek (American Studies)
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 7073
Email: natalie.a.zacek@manchester.ac.uk

Colonial and antebellum America and the Atlantic world, particularly West Indies and the American South in the eighteenth century. Social and cultural history with interests in gender, literature and material culture.

PhD students

Below is a list of current and recent PhD students currently linked to research being undertaken by members of the Centre:

School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

  • Maria Montt Strabucchi: ‘Representations of China in Contemporary Latin American Literature’
  • Nicola Runciman: ‘Post-National Landscapes of the Novísimo Cine Chileno’
  • Kristina Pla Fernández: ‘The early works of Bolaño and Vila-Matas: alternatives to the “Cultura de la Transición”’
  • Tamara de Inés Antón: ‘Female identity, body and sexuality through literature and translation: contemporary Latin American women’s narratives’
  • Maria Romero Caro: ‘Peace education in Colombia’
  • Sami Pinarbasi: ‘Pro- and anti-slavery activism in early C19 Manchester’
  • Katie Myerscough: Race and reform in pre-WWII St Louis’
  • Helen Kilburn: ‘Liberty, Slavery, and Property in Seventeenth-Century Maryland’
  • Matthew Stallard: ‘The socioeconomic geography of early C19 New Orleans’
  • Patrick Massey: ‘Post-Katrina Cultural Production in New Orleans’
  • Rafael Argenton Freire: ‘Álvares de Azevedo and Bocage in the foundations of Brazilian Romanticism’
  • Rachel Winchcombe: ‘Savagery and civilisation: representations of America in English Print Culture, 1492-1607’
  • Holly Schofield: ‘Sense of Place in the Aftermath of Disaster: Attachment, Identity and Dependency Among the Urban Poor in Cities of the Global South
  • Linda Sánchez Avendaño: ‘Children and the Mining Industry in Colombia’
  • Gabriel Neiva: ‘The Literary Space of the Guianas: The topos of kanaima in fictional narratives’
  • Carole Myers: ‘Representation, reception and appropriation of ideal female beauty: Cosmetic erasure of blackness in contemporary Brazil’
  • Andrea Ximena Machicao Francke: ‘Warike and La Arana as a Pacha: Social Art Practice as World-Making’
  • Rodrigo López Martínez: 'The Poetics of Exile as a Challenge to National Literary Traditions in Latin America'
  • Lisa Marie Simpson: 'Non-Human Animals, Violence and Power in Brazilian Literature and Film 1930 to the Present Day'

School of Environment, Education and Development

  • Natalia Garcia Cervantes: ‘Urban violence and crime prevention throughout community-led urban development and planning’
  • Eira Capelán: ‘Architectural Situatedness: knowledge, praxis & counter-hegemonic translation’
  • Chris Lyon: ‘Social contracts and social justice in Brazil’
  • Daniele Malerba: ‘Poverty, cash transfers and the demand for energy’
  • Myriam Jacqueline Gómez Méndez: ‘The policy-making process of social protection in Argentina: a poverty alleviation case study’
  • Amanda Telias Simunovic: ‘Households’ vulnerability to poverty and social protection in Chile’
  • Juan Miguel Villa: ‘Exit conditions in social assistance programmes: evidence from conditional cash transfers’
  • Vicente Adrian Rivera-Garcia: ‘Vulnerability and Poverty traps in Mexico’
  • Luis Eduardo Perez Murcia: ‘Losing and Remaking Home following Conflict and Displacement in Colombia’
  • María del Pilar Bohada Rodríguez: ‘Conflict-induced displacement, aspirations and “the capacity to aspire”’

School of Social Sciences

  • Antonia Gama da Costa: ‘Right to remain: an ethnographic study on favela activism, media representation, and urban politics in Rio de Janeiro’
  • Ana Paula Figueiredo: ‘Should I stay or should I go?: The role of relationships in the decision to migrate, stay or return: Brazilian migrants in London
  • Juan Manuel del Nido: ‘Taxis porteños: urban charisma and the Argentine’
  • María Lourdes Salazar: ‘Working in Tobacco: Migrant labourers in neoliberal regimes in Mexico and the USA’
  • Chantelle Murtagh: ‘Producing leaders: An ethnography of an indigenous organisation in the Peruvian Amazon’
  • Jeremy Gunson: ‘Between neoliberal multiculturalism and autonomy: the case of Totonacapan, Mexico’
  • Gudrun Klein: ‘Afro-Brazilian history in Brazilian compulsory schooling: an analysis of taught concepts of identity and race’
  • Rodrigo Calvet: ‘The Production of Subjectivities in a Rio Favela: Urban Transformation, State Violence and the “Anthropology of Becoming”’