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Dr Tanya Harmer

Associate Professor

Other Titles:Director of Teaching
Research Interests: Latin America; Cold War
Room: SAR.M.11
Tel: +44 (0)20 7107 5401

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.



Watch Dr Tanya Harmer introducing students to the Double MSc International & World Affairs Programme offered by LSE in partnership with Columbia University. This two-year programme covers various modules, including international history, world politics, and international economics. The dissertation allows students to focus on a specific topic. Prospective students should have a relevant undergraduate degree and a passion for the subject. Successful students find work in governmental and private organisations.

Interview recorded and hosted by Postgraduate Research in 2013/2014

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:

Research Student Provisional Thesis Title
Eline van Ommen Nicaraguan and Western European Relations in the late 1970s and 1980s

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 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 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:

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


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.