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The Americas in World History

International History Research Cluster

 The Americas Research Cluster brings together researchers working on national, transnational and comparative analysis of the Caribbean, the United States and Latin America and their connections to other parts of the world. Within this geographic  focus, a range of fields and topics are explored including, but not limited to, international relations, empire, revolutions, settler colonialism, development, security, violence, migration, race, gender, environment, and public diplomacy.

The cluster group meets termly to workshop research, discuss emerging topics across subfields, and invite external speakers to engage in a dialogue relevant to the study of the Americas.

Spokesperson: Dr Anna Cant

Keywords: Caribbean, Latin America, United States, empire, settler colonialism, Atlantic World, revolutions, development, post-1945, Cold War, security, public diplomacy, race, gender, international relations, inter-American system, violence, power. 

Faculty members

Ashton

Professor Nigel Ashton
Professor of International History

Research interests:
Anglo-American Relations; Modern Middle-East



Dr Megan Black

Dr Megan Black
Assistant Professor

Research interests:
US and the World; Environmental History; Political Economy; Nineteenth and Twentieth Century US History



Anna Cant

Dr Anna Cant
Assistant Professor

Research interests:
Mass communication; Modern Latin American History; Rural Development



casey

Professor Steven Casey
Professor of International History

Research interests:
20th-Century United States



Ellis

Dr Thomas Ellis
LSE Teaching Fellow

Research interests:
US Foreign Policy; US-Russian Relations; Cold War; Aerospace History; Cultural History; Utopianism



Harmer

Dr Tanya Harmer
Associate Professor

Research Interests:
Latin America; Cold War



matthewjones

Professor Matthew Jones
Professor of International History

Research interests:
British Foreign and Defence Policy since the Second World War; Nuclear History during the Cold War; Vietnam War; British Decolonisation and South East Asia; US Foreign Relations since 1941; Anglo-American Relations



Dr Imaobong Umoren

Dr Imaobong Umoren
Assistant Professor

Research interests:
Race and Gender in the Caribbean; 19th and 20th Century Wider African Diaspora

PhD Students

Selected publications

Events

16 March 2020: Professor Margaret Power (Illinois Institute of Technology) - Public Talk co-hosted with LSE Latin America Caribbean Centre - Puerto Rican nationalism: from the 1920s to today

10 March 2020: Dr Victoria Phillips (Columbia) and Dr Stacey Prickett (Roehampton) - Book Launch: Martha Graham's Cold War: The Dance of American Diplomacy

4 March 2020: Professor Alan McPherson (Temple University) - Book Talk: The Letelier Assassination: Human Rights against Fascism in the Americas

27 January 2020: “Crafting the Resistance: Chilean resistance then and Now” - an International History public event including a documentary screening and panel discussion on political resistance in Chile.

11 December 2019: workshop of articles by PhD student Molly Avery and PhD graduate Eline van Ommen for a forthcoming special issue on Nicaragua

30 October 2019: Dr Imaobong Umoren, Christina Ivey (LSE Government) and Eileen Gbagbo (LSE International Relations) - Black History Month: Négritude: From Poetry to Politics

15 May 2019: International History and LACC, workshop on "International, Transnational, and Global Histories of the Nicaraguan Revolution, 1977-1990" organised by Dr Tanya Harmer and Eline van Ommen

19 and 22 March 2019: International History and LACC,  Ernesto Dominguez López (University of Havana), lecture and seminar primarily for IH students but open to all, "Cuba-US Relations in the 21st Century"

February 2018: workshop of new research by Dr Anna Cant

May 2018: 40th Anniversary of the Nicaraguan Revolution, a one-day workshop sponsored by Dr Tanya Harmer and Eline van Ommen

Late Summer 2018: LSE International Drug Policy Unit, Universidad de Los Andes and Northwestern University to host a History Conference in Colombia

Research projects

Research grants

Dr Imaobong Umoren, 2018: AHRC Network Grant on Co-Investigator project, "Black Female Intellectuals in Historical and Contemporary Context".

The project will facilitate interdisciplinary and cross-national dialogue among scholars and activists in the fields of literary studies, history, politics, and visual culture from the UK, US, Australia, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa working on transatlantic black female intellectuals (both from an historical and contemporary perspective) in the black diaspora. The project will also work with race equality ThinkTank, the Runnymede Trust and the partnership project, History and Policy. Dr Umoren will be working with Dr Becky Fraser from UEA who is the PI.

Dr Victoria Phillips, 2017: Harriman Institute Publication Grant.

Other news

2019


 Dr Megan Black's The Global Interior: Mineral Frontiers and American Power (Harvard University Press, 2018) won the annual British Association for American Studies (BAAS) prize for best book; the George Perkins Marsh Prize for best book in environmental history in 2018; and the Stuart L. Bernath Book Prize for best first book in the history of international relations from the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations (SHAFR).

Dr Anna Cant presented a paper. “Competing Visions of Peasant Mobilisation in Peru’s Agrarian Reform", at the European Rural History Organisation Conference in Paris (September 2019).


2018


Major Book Awards:

Podcast "The Left in Latin America" with Dr Tanya Harmer and Eline Van-Ommen, was released.

Dr Megan Black spearheaded debates over archival processing, "The U.S. Department of the Interior's request to destroy files with the National Archives and Records Administration".