Academic - Director

  • Director of the Latin American Centre; Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America

    I arrived at the University of Oxford in 2008 after five years at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London). I hold a joint appointment at SIAS and the Department of International Development and I am also a Fellow at St Antony’s College. I love Oxford’s commitment to multidisciplinary area studies and to a deeper understanding of the economic, political and social challenges in different parts of the developing world. It is a pleasure to work with colleagues who share the same enthusiasm both in my two departments.

  • Professor Timothy J. Power
    Course Director, Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme; Professor of Latin American Politics

    I am a comparative political scientist with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary area studies. As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in the early 1980s, I studied both Latin American literature and political science. I then completed an MA in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in 1986. I completed my PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, working mainly with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, a centre that bears many similarities to SIAS.

Academic - Staff

  • David Doyle, LAC
    Associate Professor of Politics; Fellow of the Latin American Centre

    I am an Associate Professor of Politics in the Department of Politics and International Relations  at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Latin American Centre and a Fellow of St Hugh’s College.

  • Dr. Francesca Lessa
    Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

    I have been working at the Latin American Centre (SIAS) since February 2011. Currently, I am conducting a three-year project to study accountability for Plan Condor transnational crimes in South America. This project is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - Research Fellowship Programme of the European Commission. Between late 2014 and mid-2016, I was based in Buenos Aires to observe the proceedings in the Plan Cóndor trial and conduct research on this secret cross-national coordination set up by six military dictatorships in South America in the 1970s and 1980s.

  • Latin American Centre; Professor of Sociology

    Despite transitions from authoritarian rule, human rights violations continue in the Americas. My research focuses on building human rights cultures in the region. It focuses on overcoming impunity for past abuses as well as addressing ongoing atrocities with the aim of fulfilling victims’ rights to truth, justice, and remedy. I do this in my work on transitional justice, justice from below, and contentious coexistence.

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in the Contemporary History and Public Policy of Mexico

    I am a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Contemporary History and Public Policy of Mexico at the University of Oxford, as well as a member of both the History Faculty and the Latin American Centre (LAC). I am attached, as an Academic Visitor, to St Antony’s College. My responsibilities at Oxford are three-fold: to research, to teach, and to encourage relations between Oxford and Mexican universities.

  • Professor Eduardo Posada-Carbó
    Professor of the History and Politics of Latin America

    I teach history and politics for our masters’ programmes.


  • Emeritus Fellow; LAC Associate Member

    I came to the Latin American Centre in 1966 after having spent a year in Colombia with UNESCO and before that lecturing at the University of Keele. Initially my appointment was shared with the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London where I ran a seminar programme on Latin America. I became a University Lecturer and Fellow of St Antony’s in 1970 and I have been here since I retired in 2006.

  • Research Associate; LAC Associate Member

    I came back to Oxford, where I had done my undergraduate studies in modern history, in 1983, and have been a research associate at the LAC and a senior member of Saint Antony's College for much of the time since then. I specialise in the politics of the Andean countries, on which I have written widely. In 2012, I published a short book on Bolivian politics since 2006 and am currently working on a book on Peruvian politics.

    I hold an MA from Liverpool University and a PhD from Oxford Brookes University where I am currently also a visiting researcher.

  • Emeritus Fellow; LAC Associate Member

    Malcolm Deas graduated from New College with a First in modern History in 1962, and was a Fellow of All Souls College from 1962-1966. he was one of the original staff of the Latin American Centre, founded at that time by Sir Raymond Carr with support from the Ford Foundation, and was a Fellow of St Antony’s College and University Lecturer in the Government and Politics of Latin America from 1966 until his retirement in 2008.