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.

Nicolle Alzamora (Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies)
Email: julien.alzamoracandanedo@manchester.ac.uk

Memory and literature; politics of memory in Latin America; memories of dictatorship and conflict in Latin America; literature and identity; Panama.

Carlo Edoardo Altamura (History)
Email: Carlo.Edoardo.Altamura@manchester.ac.uk

Economic & financial history of Latin America in the 20th century; authoritarianism in the Southern Cone; Latin American military dictatorship in the 20th century; debt crisis and lost decade in the 1980s; Neoliberalism

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.

Chloe Nahum-Claudel (Social Anthropology)
Email: chloe.nahum-claudel@manchester.ac.uk

Ritualized political innovation in Indigenous communities faced with colonial and postcolonial ruptures; agribusiness and hydropower frontier in Brazil and peri-urban highland Papua New Guinea.

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.

Karen Lucas (Human Geography; International Network for Transport and Accessibility in Low Income Communities; Manchester Urban Institute)
Email: karen.lucas@manchester.ac.uk

Transport and social equity in Latin America: mobility/accessibility inequalities; low income communities; Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador.

Nuno Pinto (Planning, Property and Environmental Management)
Email: nuno.pinto@manchester.ac.uk

Decision support sciences and methods for urban; urban simulation and modelling; quantitative methods applied to urban themes. Research in Latin American and Iberian countries.

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 researchers

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

  • Nicolle Alzamora: “Panama as a Point of Transit: Identity and Memory Practices”
  • Dylan Bradbury: “Aural Media as a Tool for the Consolidation of Identity: Mapuche Uses of Sound for Asserting Cultural and Territorial Autonomy in Argentina’.
  • Rodrigo López Martínez: ‘Fictional Avant-gardes in Latin American Literature (1973-2015)’
  • Lisa Marie Simpson: 'Non-Human Animals, Violence and Power in Brazilian Literature and Film 1930 to the Present Day'
  • Carole Myers: ‘Representation, Reception and Appropriation of Ideal Female Beauty: Cosmetic Erasure of Blackness in Contemporary Brazil’
  • Gabriel Neiva: ‘The Literary Space of the Guianas: The topos of kanaima in fictional narratives’
  • Maria Montt Strabucchi: ‘Representations of China in Contemporary Latin American Literature’
  • Nicola Runciman: ‘Post-National Landscapes of the Novísimo Cine Chileno’

School of Social Sciences

  • Edward Ephithite Lindholm: ‘(Re)making common futures: An Ethnographic Enquiry into Citizenship Transformation in Chile’
  • Santiago Irribarra: ‘Can the City Be Indigenous? Studies of Mapuche Urbanity Beyond Reclaimed Spaces’
  • Gabriel Marques Camargo: ‘No Quilombo Da Vovó: Racialized Disputes for the Public Space in a Post-fordist Company-Town in Brazil’
  • Mariela Sanchez-Belmont Montiel: ‘The Expert State: Making Chagas Disease Manageable in Mexico’
  • Sam Rumé: ‘Creating a ‘Tramway Culture’: Conflicting Mobilities and the Politics of Infrastructure in Cuenca, Ecuador’
  • Marisol Verdugo Paiva: ‘Sexuality, Inequality and Imagined Futures: An Ethnography of Urban Youth in Chile’
  • Juan Manuel del Nido: ‘Uber and the Taxi Industry in Buenos Aires: An Ethnography of the Post-political as a Modality of Reasoning’
  • Pedro Silva Rocha Lima: ‘The ICRC in Brazil: Humanitarianism in Negotiation’
  • Vicente Yanez Garrido: ‘Expulsion From the Center: Daily Experiences of Inequality in a Central Neighbourhood of Santiago, Chile’
  • Laura Thurmann: ‘Female Policing: Women’s (Informal) Security Practices in Mexico’
  • Natalia Valdivieso: ‘Between Religion and Extractivism: Indigenous Agencies in the Northern Ecuadorian Amazon’
  • Antonia Gama da Costa: ‘Right to Remain: An Ethnographic Study on Favela Activism, Media Representation, and Urban Politics in Rio de Janeiro’
  • 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”’

School of Environment, Education and Development

  • Maria del Pilar Bohada Rodriguez: ‘Conflict-Induced Displacement, Aspirations and “The Capacity to Aspire’
  • Andreina Carrillo Espinoza: ‘Lejos Pero no Ausente: Exploring Homeland-Oriented Political Mobilisation of Venezuelan Migrants in Spain’
  • Natalia Garcia Cervantes: ‘Conflict-Induced Displacement, Aspirations and “The Capacity to Aspire”’
  • 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”’