Academic - Director
Director, Latin American Centre; Professor of Sociology
Sociology is the study of societies. My research has focused broadly on what could be called 'the legacies of authoritarianism' in Latin American societies.
This began with my doctoral research (and first book) on business elites in Brazil, some of whom claimed to have launched the '1964 Revolution,' more commonly viewed as the military coup.
For my second book, I focused on 'uncivil movements,' using social movement theory to look at armed right wing groups in Brazil, Argentina, and Nicaragua.
Director of Graduate Studies and Departmental Lecturer in the History and Politics of Latin America
I am the Director of Graduate Studies at the Latin American Centre, where I teach history and politics for our masters’ programmes.
Academic - Staff
Departmental Lecturer in the International Relations of Latin America
In recent times, international organisations increasingly affect our lives. In my research, I seek to explain why. When and why do governments craft international institutions? Under which circumstances do these institutions become relevant for policy making? And what results can we expect from international cooperation?
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
I joined SIAS in 2011 as a postdoctoral research fellow on the Coalitional Presidential Project and a Junior Research Fellow at St Antony’s College. Prior to my arrival at Oxford, I received my PhD in Political Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I also worked as a senior researcher and project manager of the Comparative Constitutions Project at the Cline Centre for Democracy.
University Lecturer in Latin American Politics
I arrived in Oxford in September 2013 from Dublin City University, where I was a lecturer in Latin American politics.
Professor of the History of Latin America (Faculty of History)
I came to Oxford in 1992, to become Professor of the History of Latin America, having previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Essex (UK). I thus returned to my alma mater, where I had been an undergraduate, graduate and postdoc - back in the days when women were rare, colleges were like fortresses, and we regularly conversed in Latin; which no doubt helped give me a headstart in Latin American history.
I have been working at the Latin American Centre (SIAS) since February 2011, when I joined the centre to work as a researcher on a project funded by the National Science Foundation (US) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) entitled “The Impact of Transitional Justice on Human Rights and Democracy” under the supervision of Professor Leigh A. Payne.
Director, Brazilian Studies Programme; University Lecturer in Brazilian Studies
I am first and foremost a comparative political scientist, but I also have a deep and enduring commitment to the area studies tradition represented by SIAS. 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.
University Lecturer 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 Oxford). 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. I look forward to helping the university strengthen this tradition and create new opportunities to attract the best students.
Academic - Affiliate
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.