Ms Molly Avery

Ms Molly Avery

PhD Student

Department of International History

About me

Molly is currently working under the supervision of Dr Tanya Harmer. She holds a BA in History from Christ’s College, Cambridge, and an MSc in History of International Relations from LSE. Aside from her research, she is a co-convener of HY509, the department’s PhD and early career international history research seminar.

Provisional thesis title

The Southern Cone and Central America: International and Transnational Anticommunist Networks in Guatemala and El Salvador, 1977-1984

Molly’s thesis addresses Latin American international and transnational anticommunist networks during the Cold War, with a particular focus on the connections between the Southern Cone anticommunist dictatorships and Guatemala and El Salvador, 1977-1984. Drawing on source material from Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay, as well as archives in Central America and the United States, this research seeks to provide an as-of-yet understudied Latin American perspective to the international history of the conflicts in Central America. Taking the independence of Latin American anticommunist ideology as its starting point, the thesis uses the connections between the Southern Cone and Central America to explore the history of the Latin American Extreme Right more broadly in this period, ranging from the Extreme Right’s response to the rise of the international human rights movement to its fractious relationship with the United States, as well as the importance of non-state actors in the wider transnational anticommunist network.

Expertise

Latin America; anticommunism; Cold War; transnational history; transnational right

Conference papers and presentations

  • ‘Chilean foreign policy in El Salvador during the Carter years, 1977-1981’, UC Berkeley, Department of History, Strategy and Statecraft Seminar, October 2018
  • ‘The Latin American Extreme Right: a united condemnation of Carter’s human rights policy’, UC Berkeley, Center for Right-Wing Studies, September 2018
  • ‘The Pinochet Dictatorship and Central America: an intersection in the Latin American transnational anticommunist network’ Intersections in the Americas: the UCL Americas Research Network Conference, May 2018

Honours and awards

  • 2018: Visiting Researcher, UC Berkeley, LSE Partnership PhD Mobility Scheme
  • 2017-2021: LSE PhD Studentship
  • 2016: Iris Forrester Prize for Excellence, LSE
  • 2015-16: LSE 120th Anniversary Master’s Scholarship
  • 2014: Sir John Plumb Dissertation Prize, Christ’s College, Cambridge