Dr Tanya Harmer is a specialist on the Cold War in Latin America with a particular interest in the international, transnational and global dynamics of the struggle. She has written an inter-American history of Chile during the presidency of Salvador Allende (1970-73) and conducted research on Brazilian Cold War interventions in the Southern Cone of Latin America, US-Chilean relations in the mid-1970s and the Cuban Revolution’s influence in Latin America. Her current research deals with the history of Chile’s Revolutionary Left. She has recently published articles on internationalist revolutionary guerrilla movements and transnational solidarity networks. Her next monograph will be a biography of Beatriz Allende and Chile’s revolutionary generation.
Dr Harmer obtained her BA at the University of Leeds before moving to the London School of Economics to do her MA and PhD in International History, for which she was awarded an AHRC scholarship. Prior to being appointed as a lecturer in the department in 2009, she was an LSE fellow. She has also held visiting teaching positions at Columbia University in New York (2012-13) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010, 2013).
In addition to being closely associated with the LSE’s new Latin America and Carribbean Centre (LACC), Dr Harmer is the convener of the Latin America-Europe Cold War Research Network. She has received a number of grants to support international collaborative projects on Latin America and the Cold War. Most recently, she and Dr Alberto Martín of the Instituto Mora in Mexico City organized two international conferences on Global Histories of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left and Intellectual Cultures of Latin America’s Revolutionary Left with support from the British Academy. Prior to this, she was awarded an LSE Abbey-Santander award to organize an international conference on the Cold War at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and a British Academy UK-Latin America Link Programme award to work with the Fundação Getulio Vargas on a project looking at Brazil's role in Latin America during the Cold War and post-Cold War worlds.
In 2014, Dr Harmer was awarded one of the School’s Major Review Teaching Prizes and in 2015 she won a Student-led Teaching Excellence Award for Research Support and Guidance.
Dr Harmer is happy to supervise dissertations relating to twentieth-century Latin American history. She usually teaches the following courses:
At undergraduate level:
HY113: From Empire to Independence: The Extra-European World in the Twentieth Century (taught jointly with other members of staff in the Department)
HY239: Latin America and the United States since 1898
At Masters level:
HY444: The Cold War in Latin America
Dr Harmer also supervises the following PhD students:
Provisional Thesis Title
Javiera Soto Hidalgo
Eline van Ommen
Nicaraguan and Western European Relations in the late 1970s and 1980s
Dr Harmer's first book, Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (Chapel Hill: University of Carolina Press, 2011), won the Luciano Tomassini International Relations Book Award in 2013 and has now been published in Spanish as El gobierno de Allende y la Guerra Fria Interamericana (Santiago, Chile: UDP, 2013). The book focuses on the international history of Chile during the presidency of Salvador Allende (1970-73) and Chile's foreign relations with Cuba and the United States during this period. As well as examining the relationships between Santiago, Havana and Washington, it also deals with Chile's place within a multidimensional Cold War struggle in the Southern Cone in the early 1970s; Brazil's involvement in that struggle and its relationship with the Nixon administration; and Latin America's role in North-South debates.
More recently, Dr Harmer has published research on Chile and the Global Cold War, transnational Chile solidarity networks and the historiography of US-Latin American relations.
Her most recent publications include:
"Dialogue or Détente: Henry Kissinger, Latin America, and the Prospects for a New Inter-American Understanding, 1973-1977" in Foreign Policy at the Periphery: The Shifting Margins of US International Relations since World War II, eds. Bevan Sewell and Maria Ryan, University Press of Kentucky, Lexington (2017)
"'Serémos como el Che': Chilean elenos, Bolivia and the cause of Latinoamericanismo, 1967-1970" Contemporanea (2016).
‘Commonality, Specificity, and Difference: Histories and Historiographies of the Americas’ in Cooperation and Hegemony in US-Latin American Relations: Revisiting the Western Hemisphere Idea, eds. Juan Pablo Scarfi and Andrew R. Tillman, Palgrave Macmillan, New York (2016)
"The View from Havana: Chilean Exiles in Cuba and Early Resistance to Chile's Dictatorship, 1973–1977", Hispanic American Historical Review, 96:1 (2016)
Chile y la Guerra Fría Global (Pontificia Univesidad Católica de Chile: RIL Editores, 2014)
“Fractious allies: Chile, the United States and the Cold War, 1973-1976” Diplomatic History, 37: 1 (2013)
“Two, three, many revolutions: Cuba and the prospects for revolutionary change in Latin America, 1967–1975”, Journal of Latin American Studies, 45:1 (2013)
“Brazil's cold war in the southern Cone, 1970–1975”, Cold War History, 12:4 (2012)
Dr Harmer's current research focuses on the history of Chile’s Revolutionary Left and her next book will be a biography of Beatriz Allende and Chile’s revolutionary generation.
Full list of publications on LSE Research Online
LSE Pro-Director Education Vision Fund Awarded to Department's Pilot Project Headed by Dr Tanya Harmer
In February 2017, the Department of International History was awarded funds from the LSE Pro-Director Education Vision Fund
to support a pilot project called "Diversifying the Curriculum". Curricula in the Department of International History cover vast areas of the globe and range over more than six centuries. This pilot project, headed by Dr Tanya Harmer, the Department's Director of Teaching, will review five undergraduate courses in the department, with the aim of redesigning core topics, reading lists and teaching approaches to reflect the diversity of the discipline. The Pro-Director Education Vision Fund was established to support the delivery of the School’s Education Strategy and to allocate funds to projects designed to make a significant impact on students’ educational experiences. Following the submission of 13 proposals across LSE, the Department of International History was one of seven different academic departments and professional service units across LSE to be awarded funds. Learn more about the 2016-17 Pro-Director Education Vision Fund winners
Dr Tanya Harmer on BBC Two Newsnight
Dr Tanya Harmer contributed to a 5-minute piece on the life and legacy of Fidel Castro for BBC Two Newsnight on Monday, 28 November. Following the death of the Cuban leader on 25 November, BBC journalist Stephen Smith looked at the historical impact of the controversial Cuban revolutionary and leader.
Watch it here (UK only)
Dr Tanya Harmer Wins Student-led Teaching Excellence Award for Research Support and Guidance
Dr Tanya Harmer has won the Award for Research Support and Guidance at this year’s student-led Teaching Excellence Awards
. The awards are run by the Students’ Union, supported by the Teaching and Learning Centre and sponsored by the Annual Fund. This year, competition was particularly hard, as students made 1362 nominations for 555 individual members of staff. This is a terrific achievement for Dr Tanya Harmer who last year had won the Major Review Award.
Dr Tanya Harmer awarded a British Academy Newton Mobility Award
Dr Tanya Harmer has been awarded a British Academy Newton Mobility Award
worth £9,962 to lead a collaborative research project with Dr Alberto Martín Álvarez
at the Instituto Mora in Mexico City on "Transnational and Global Histories of Latin America's Revolutionary Left." The project will centre around two international conferences in 2016 on Latin American left-wing movements' transnational and global connections during the Cold War.
Latin America and Europe during the Cold War
The LSE sponsored a symposium at 2014’s AHILA conference
in Berlin on 10 September, coordinated by Dr Tanya Harmer. The symposium brought together 15 historians from around the world in 4 panels to examine the relations between Latin America, the Soviet bloc and Western Europe. The symposium focused on the formal relations between governments and political parties of Latin America and Europe. It aimed to investigate the transnational networks and contacts that emerged between both regions as a result of solidarity movements, youth groups, academic exchanges and travel. Read more about symposium organised by Dr Tanya Harmer here
Dr Tanya Harmer's Book Launch in Chile
Dr Tanya Harmer was in Santiago, Chile, on 28 July to launch her new book, co-edited with Alfredo Riquelme, Chile y la Guerra Fría Global
. The book is the result of a conference Dr Harmer organised between LSE IDEAS and the Institute of History at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile in 2009. The event was featured in the national Chilean newspaper La Tercera
. Read more about the book launch here
Publications: Allende and 40th Anniversary of the Coup in Chile
Wednesday 11th September 2013 marked the 40th Anniversary of the coup in Chile against President Salvador Allende. Dr Tanya Harmer published work on Allende and Chile during his presidency. Her award-winning book is called Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War
(2012) published in Spanish.
British Academy Grant for "Brazil and the Cold War" Project
Dr Tanya Harmer participated in the Latin America International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS and the Centre for Documentation and Research at the Fundaçao Getulio Vargas (CPDOC-FGV) after the award of a joint British Academy grant worth £20,000 to organise two international conferences in Rio de Janeiro and London.
Scheduled for September 2010 and April 2011, these conferences brought together academics from across Latin America and the UK to focus on Brazil's role in Latin America during the Cold War and post-Cold War eras.