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.
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.
Professor Nigel Ashton
Professor of International History
Anglo-American Relations; Modern Middle-East
Dr Anna Cant
Mass communication; Modern Latin American History; Rural Development
Dr Thomas Ellis
LSE Teaching Fellow
US Foreign Policy; US-Russian Relations; Cold War; Aerospace History; Cultural History; Utopianism
Dr Tanya Harmer
Latin America; Cold War
Professor Matthew Jones
Professor of International History
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 Victoria Phillips
Cold War; Cultural Diplomacy; International Relations; Gender and Biography
Dr Jake Subryan Richards
African Diaspora, Legal History, West Africa, Latin America, Caribbean
Dr Imaobong Umoren
Race and Gender in the Caribbean; 19th and 20th Century Wider African Diaspora
- Nigel Ashton (2015) "Searching for a Just and Lasting Peace? Anglo-American Relations and the Road to United Nations Security Council Resolution 242". The International History Review, 38:1, 24-44.
- Megan Black (2016) “Interior’s Exterior: The State, Mining Companies, and Resource Ideologies in the Point Four Program”. Diplomatic History, Volume 40:1, 81–110.
- Steven Casey (2014) When soldiers fall: how Americans have confronted combat losses from World War I to Afghanistan. Oxford University Press, New York, USA.
- Tanya Harmer (2011) Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War. University of Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
- Victoria Phillips (2020) Martha Graham's Cold War. The Dance of American Diplomacy. Oxford University Press, New York, USA
20 October 2020: Dr Stephen Wertheim (Columbia) - Book Talk: How the United States Decided to Dominate the World
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
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.