Dr Harmer obtained her BA at the University of Leeds before moving to the London School of Economics to obtain a MA and PhD in International History for which she was awarded an AHRC scholarship.
Before becoming a lecturer in the department, she was appointed as an LSE Fellow. Recently, she has held visiting teaching positions at Columbia University in New York (2012-13) and the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010, 2013).
Between 2005 and 2011, she was also Head of the Latin America International Affairs Programme at LSE IDEAS, which brings together scholars and practitioners who are interested in the significance that the Cold War had for Latin America and the region's current affairs.
She remains closely linked to the Latin America International Affairs Programme and the Cold War Studies Programme at LSE IDEAS.
In 2008-09, 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 is currently co-editing a book on Chile and the Cold War. In 20010-11, she received a British Academy UK-Latin America Link Programme award to work with the Fundação Getulio Vargas to organise two international conferences on 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.
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
HY458: LSE-Columbia Double Degree Dissertation Workshop
Dr Tanya Harmer is a specialist on the Cold War in Latin America with a particular interest in the inter-American dynamics of the struggle and its links to broader developments in the Third World.
Her most recent 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 relevance for the multidimensional Cold War struggle going on 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 of the time.
Dr Harmer’s other recent publications include:
“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 both on the Latin Americanization of the Cold War in the mid-1970s. She is also writing a biography of Salvador Allende's daughter, Beatriz.
Full list of publications on LSE Research Online