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.