Harmer, Tanya

Dr Tanya Harmer  


Position held

Associate Professor


Experience keywords:

Cold War; Dictatorships; Exile; Ideology; Inter-American Relations; Revolutions; Solidarity; Third World

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Tanya Harmer is a specialist on the Cold War in Latin America with a particular interest in the regional, inter-American dynamics of the struggle and its links to broader developments in the Third World. Her most recent research has focused on the international history of Chile during the presidency of Salvador Allende (1970-73), Brazilian Cold War interventions in the Southern Cone of Latin America, US relations with the Chilean dictatorship and the influence of the Cuban revolution in Latin America after 1959. She is currently writing a biography of Beatriz Allende and Latin America’s 1960s revolutionary generation.

Countries and regions to which research relates:

Brazil; Chile; Cuba; Latin America; the United States


Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Intermediate]

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Harmer, Tanya (2018) Introduction: the Cold War in Latin America Journal of Latin American Studies, 50 (1). ISSN 0022-216X

Harmer, Tanya eds. (2018) Virtual special issue: Cold War in Latin America Journal of Latin American Studies, 50 (1). ISSN 0022-216X


Harmer, Tanya and Martín Alvarez, Alberto eds. (2017) Revolutionary transnationalism in historical perspective: militant networks in the Americas Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, 28 (2).

Harmer, Tanya and Martín Alvarez, Alberto (2017) Introduction: writing the history of revolutionary transnationalism and militant networks in the Americas Estudios Interdisciplinarios de América Latina y el Caribe, 28 (2).

Harmer, Tanya (2017) Fidel's divisive legacy BBC World Histories (2). 18-19.

Harmer, Tanya (2017) Dialogue or détente: Henry Kissinger, Latin America, and the prospects for a new inter-American understanding, 1973-1977 In: Sewell, Bevan and Ryan, Maria, (eds.) Foreign Policy at the Periphery: The Shifting Margins of US International Relations since World War II. University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, USA. ISBN 978-0-8131-6847-0


Harmer, Tanya (2016) Commonality, specificity, and difference: histories and historiographies of the Americas In: Scarfi, Juan Pablo and Tillman, Andrew R., (eds.) Cooperation and Hegemony in US-Latin American Relations: Revisiting the Western Hemisphere Idea. Studies of the Americas. Palgrave Macmillan, New York, USA. ISBN 9781137510730

Harmer, Tanya (2016) Book review: beyond the eagle's shadow: new histories of Latin America's cold war - edited by Garrard-Burnett, Virginia, Attwood Lawrence, Mark and Moreno, Julio E. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 35 (2). 282-283. ISSN 0261-3050

Harmer, Tanya (2016) The view from Havana: Chilean exiles in Cuba and early resistance to Chile’s dictatorship, 1973-1977 Hispanic American Historical Review, 96 (1). 109-146. ISSN 0018-2168

Harmer, Tanya (2016) “Serémos como el Che”: Chilean elenos, Bolivia and the cause of Latinoamericanismo, 1967-1970 Contemporanea, 7 (7). 45-66. ISSN 1127-3070


Harmer, Tanya (2014) Book review: The Chile Reader: history, culture, politics edited by Elizabeth Quay Hutchison et al. LSE Review of Books (24 May 2014) Blog entry

Harmer, Tanya (2014) As the US-Cuba relationship thaws, the next steps depend on the domestic political will in both countries towards greater openness LSE American Politics and Policy (24 Dec 2014) Blog entry

Harmer, Tanya and Riquelme Segovia, Alfredo, eds (2014) Chile y la Guerra Fría global RIL Editores ; Instituto de Historia ; Pobtificia Univesidad Católica de Chile, Santiago de Chile. ISBN 9789560101068

Harmer, Tanya (2014) The Cold War in Latin America In: Kalinovsky, Artemy and Daigle, Craig, (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of the Cold War. Routledge, Abingdon, UK. ISBN 9780415677011


Harmer, Tanya (2013) Book review: Lillian Guerra, visions of power in Cuba: revolution, redemption, and resistance, 1959–1971 Journal of Latin American Studies, 45 (03). 599-601. ISSN 0022-216X

Harmer, Tanya (2013) Two, three, many revolutions: Cuba and the prospects for revolutionary change in Latin America, 1967–1975 Journal of Latin American Studies, 45 (1). 61-89. ISSN 0022-216X

Harmer, Tanya (2013) Fractious allies: Chile, the United States and the Cold War, 1973-1976 Diplomatic History, 37 (1). 109-143. ISSN 0145-2096

Harmer, Tanya (2013) El Gobierno de Allende y la guerra fria interamericana Ediciones UDP, Santiago, Chile. ISBN 9789563142358


Harmer, Tanya (2012) Book review: Paulo Freire and the Cold War politics of literacy Cold War History, 12 (3). 562-563. ISSN 1468-2745

Harmer, Tanya (2012) Book review: James Siekmeier, the Bolivian revolution and the United States, 1952 to present Journal of American Studies, 46 (4). 1115-1117. ISSN 0021-8758

Harmer, Tanya (2012) Mexican diplomacy and the Cuban missile crisis: documents from the foreign ministry archives in Mexico City Cold War International History Project Bulletin (17/18). 191-216. ISSN 1071-9652

Harmer, Tanya (2012) Book review: the general's slow retreat: Chile after Pinochet International Affairs, 88 (4). 932-933. ISSN 0020-5850

Harmer, Tanya (2012) Brazil's cold war in the southern Cone, 1970–1975 Cold War History, 12 (4). 659-681. ISSN 1468-2745


Harmer, Tanya (2011) Book review: Hal Brands, Latin America’s Cold War H-Diplo Roundtable Review, 12 (27). 12-19.

Harmer, Tanya (2011) Book review: Lubna Z. Qureshi, Nixon, Kissinger, and Allende: U.S. involvement in the 1973 coup in Chile H-Diplo, H-Net Reviews.

Harmer, Tanya (2011) Book review: in the eagle's shadow: the United States and Latin America, 2 edition - by Kyle Longley Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 88 (3). 446-448. ISSN 1475-3820

Harmer, Tanya (2011) Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War New Cold War history. The University of North Carolina Press, California, USA. ISBN 9780807834954


Harmer, Tanya and Burton, Guy (2010) Powering up: Latin America's energy challenges: introduction: beyond the national: regional challenges in Latin America’s energy sector IDEAS reports - strategic updates, Kitchen, Nicholas, ed LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

Harmer, Tanya (2010) Una mirada desde el Sur: el Chile de Allende, la Guerra Fría, y la brecha Norte-Sur en política internacional, de 1970 a 1973 In: García Ferreira, Roberto, (ed.) Guatemala y la Guerra Fría En América latina, 1947-1977. Centro de Estudios Urbanos y Regionales, Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Guatemala, 289-321. ISBN 9789929803138

Harmer, Tanya and Burton, Guy and Philip, George and Freije, Tom and Landau, Georges D. and Kaup, Brent Z. and Nickson, Andrew and Navarrete Lopez, George Eduardo (2010) Powering up: Latin America's energy challenges IDEAS reports - strategic updates, Kitchen, Nicholas, ed LSE IDEAS, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.


Harmer, Tanya (2009) Book review: hostile intent: U.S. covert operations in Chile, 1964–1974 Cold War History, 9 (2). 293-294. ISSN 1468-2745


Harmer, Tanya (2008) Book review: in from the cold: Latin America's new encounter with the Cold War Cold War History, 8 (4). 565-567. ISSN 1468-2745

Harmer, Tanya (2008) Lessons in diplomacy à la Kissinger (1): Don’t be afraid to bend the truth…. International Affairs at LSE (15 Oct 2008) Blog entry


Harmer, Tanya (2007) In pursuit of radical transformation: Chile, the United States and regional alignments. In: IHR: International History Seminar, 12 June 2007, London, UK

Harmer, Tanya (2007) Article review: Mark T. Hove. "The Arbenz Factor: Salvador Allende, U.S.-Chilean relations, and the 1954 U.S. intervention in Guatemala," H-Diplo Article Review.

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Allende’s Chile tells the story of Chile's international relations in the early 1970s. It argues Chile’s revolutionary process was part of an inter-American Cold War struggle for Latin America's future

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2013 Latin American Studies Association Luciano Tomassini International Relations Book Award for Allende’s Chile and the Inter-American Cold War . 2010 LSE Annual Fund Grant for the LSE IDEAS Latin America International Affairs Programm Public Events Series on International Peace and Security in Latin America 2010-2011. 2009 British Academy Grant for ‘Brazil and the Cold War in Latin America Project’ 2008-9 “Abbey/Grupo Santander Travel Research Fund” for the establishment a LSE-Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile International Cold War History Project. 2006-7 International History Department Research Studentship 2005 Central Research Fund Grant 2003-6 Arts and Humanities Research Council: Doctoral Scholarship

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