Associate Fellows

Associate Fellows are academics and researchers who work on an area of relevance to the Institute. Fellows participate actively in the Institute's academic programme by convening and proposing events, assessing publication proposals, and in a host of other advisory and collaborative activities. Associate Fellowships are by invitation only, as determined by the Director.

Current Fellows

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Dr Giuliana Borea

Research Area:  “New Art Worlds”?: The Differential Assemblage of Latin American Art and Paradoxes of Participation
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019


Giuliana Borea received her PhD in Anthropology from New York University in September 2016. Her thesis, for which she received the Wenner-Gren Research Fieldwork Grant, explored the transformation of the Lima art scene in relation to Peru's political economy and changes in the larger art world. As part of her fellowship at ILAS, Giuliana will develop her doctoral thesis into a book manuscript, The Reconfiguring of the Lima Art Scene: Acting across Arenas. She maintains a close academic relationship with the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú where she is lecturer in the Department of Social Science and the Coordinator of the Visual Anthropology Research Group. Her courses have covered topics such as art and anthropology; museum theory and practices; material culture and materiality; urban anthropology; methodology and thesis seminars.






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Dr Michela Coletta

Research Area:  Contemporary History, Philosophy, Social Sciences
Tenure:  Sep 2014 - Aug 2019


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Dr Jon Curry-Machado

Research Area:  Cuba; Commodities of Empire
Tenure:   - Aug 2022


Jonathan is founding editor and coordinator, and audio-visual director, of the Commodities of Empire project; founder member of the Commodity Frontiers Initiative; and Associate Fellow at the Institute for Latin American Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London), and the Institute of the Americas (University College London). His research ranges from the history, identity and influence of migrant engineers in nineteenth century Cuba, in the context of transnational networks of trade, capital and technology; through comparative study of Cuba and Java, and the global transfer of cane varieties; to rural society on the sugar frontier in the Hispanic Caribbean.

His publications include the book Cuban Sugar Industry: Transnational Networks and Engineering Migrants in Mid-Nineteenth Century Cuba (Palgrave Macmillan 2011), and he edited Global Histories, Imperial Connections, Local Interactions (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has also published articles relating to the 1844 La Escalera conspiracy in Cuba, and he has undertaken contemporary research into socio-political and socio-cultural reasons for Cuba’s continued stability in the face of crisis. He is currently co-editing the Oxford University Press Handbook of Commodity History (with Prof. Jean Stubbs, ILAS; Prof. William Gervase Clarence-Smith, SOAS; and Dr Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow). His work explores the transnational and transimperial nature of commodity production and trade, and their associated migrations. He has been involved in the application of new digital technologies, include GIS, to the research of commodities and their frontiers of geographical expansion.





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Dr Asa Cusack

Research Area:  The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and the Dilemmas of Post-Neoliberal Development in Latin America and the Caribbean
Tenure:  Sep 2015 - Aug 2019


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Dr Camila Gatica Mizala

Research Area:  Twentieth-century Latin American cultural history, particularly cinema reception and audiences.
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019


Camila holds a PhD in History from University College London, where she completed her doctoral thesis ‘Social Practices of Modernity: Cinema-going in Buenos Aires and Santiago, 1915-1945’. Before coming to ILAS, she was a Teaching Fellow in American Historical Cinema at the University of Warwick for the academic year 2016-2017. She is interested in
twentieth-century Latin American cultural history, particularly cinema reception and audiences.

During her time at ILAS, Camila will work on the project titled ‘Controlling the body: decency in Argentina, 1850-1945’. This research will explore ideas of decency as well as its connection with perceptions of the body in Argentina. The project suggests that this control was tightly connected to ideas of social hygiene and the moral health of society. The main sources will be behavioural manuals and censorship regulations, in order to explore the different ways in which control and order were exerted over behaviours that were perceived as unwanted and improper.







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Dr Grace Livingstone

Research Area:  Ethics and Foreign Policy; the extractive industries in the Andean Region: the role and responsibilities of foreign governments
Tenure:  Sep 2016 - Aug 2019


Grace holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge.  Her doctoral thesis looked at British policy towards the dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, 1973-82, and considered how policy-makers weighed up commercial and geopolitical considerations with human rights concerns. Her current research project is: ‘Ethics and Foreign Policy. The extractive industries in the Andean Region: the role and responsibilities of foreign governments.’  It looks at the response of foreign companies and governments to social movement protest against oil, gas and mining projects in the Andean region of Latin America, and examines whether oil and mining companies influence British policy towards Latin America. It also gauges the impact of human rights campaigns on the policy-making processes. She is also a journalist, specializing in Latin American affairs. 

She was The Guardian’s correspondent in Caracas and has also reported for the BBC World Service, the Independent on Sunday and The Observer.  She is the author of Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War (2003) and America's Backyard: Latin America and the United States from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Drugs, (2009).   She has also contributed a chapter on ‘The United States and the Latin American Right’ to Geraldine Lievesley and Steve Ludlum (eds.), Rightwing Politics in Latin America, (London: Zed Books, 2011) and a chapter on  ‘Drugs and Criminal Organisations’ to Pia Riggirozzi and Chris Wylde (eds.), The Handbook of South American Governance, (Routledge to be published in April 2017).







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Dr Helen Melling

Research Area:  Race, ethnicity and identity in late colonial and 19th century Latin American visual culture
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019


Helen (PhD, King’s College London) is a specialist in race, ethnicity and identity in late colonial and 19th century Peruvian visual culture. Her interdisciplinary research focuses on an expansive visual archive of Afro-descendants, stretching from colonial travel accounts of Lima and classificatory projects of the Enlightenment, to Costumbrista iconography and photographic portraiture of the 19th century. She is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, where she is working on her first book manuscript, tentatively titled Hidden in Plain Sight: Visualizing Black Subjects in Late Colonial and 19th Century Peru. She has also been invited to contribute to The Image of the Black in Latin America and the Caribbean, a forthcoming companion volume to The Image of the Black in Western Art, published by Harvard University Press.






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Dr Claudia Murray

Research Area:  Urban development in Latin America
Tenure:  Nov 2018 - Sep 2019


Claudia (Dip Arch, MA, MSc, PhD) is a researcher at the University of Reading. Her work focuses on urban development in Latin America, taking into consideration the region's unique cultural and political milieu. Combining historical and contemporaneous knowledge of the region, Claudia's work contributes to wider discussions on urban and peri-urban transformations in the Global South. Her main interest focuses on Latin America's changing socio-political relations with the land and its natural environment. She is particularly interested in housing and sustainability; land allocation and planning; informality and resilience; inequality and well-being. Her most recent work Real Estate and Urban Development in South America: Understanding Local Regulations and Investment Methods in a Highly Urbanised Continent, was published by Routledge in 2018 and she is currently working on a second volume covering Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean.





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Dr Malayna Raftopoulos

Research Area:  Environmental governance, natural resource development and human rights in Latin America
Tenure:  Sep 2016 - Aug 2019


Malayna is an assistant professor in Latin American studies at Aalborg University. She is also an associate research fellow at the Human Rights Consortium, University of London, and the Centro Latino Americano de Ecología Social, Uruguay. Her research interests focus on environmental governance, natural resource development and human rights. Her publications include two co-edited volumes, Provincialising Nature: Multidisciplinary Approaches to the Politics of the Environment in Latin America (ILAS, 2016) and Nature Resource Development and Human Rights in Latin America (HRC, 2017), as well as an edited book on Social-Environmental Conflicts, Extractivism and Human Rights in Latin America (Routledge, 2018). Published articles include: Contemporary Debates on Socio-Environmental Conflicts, Extractivism and Human Rights in Latin America, International Journal of Human Rights; Promoting Renewable Energy or Environmental Problems? Environmental Politics and Sustainability in Sino-Brazilian Relations, Journal of China and International Relations; Building soft power by absence: Chinese mining in Greenland’, The Extractive Industries and Society. 







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Dr Jessica Sklair

Research Area:  Philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, impact investing, social business, financialisation of development, wealth elites
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019


Jessica received her PhD in Anthropology from Goldsmiths, University of London in 2017. Her doctorate explored philanthropy among economic elites in Brazil and the UK, and the ideological foundations for the growth of ‘philanthrocapitalism’ in both countries. In parallel, it examined the role played by philanthropy in the creation of positive identities of wealth, and the building of historical narratives of social responsibility within business families. 

Jessica’s current research (partly funded by a British Academy Small Research Grant) looks at the financialisation of development in Brazil, with particular focus on impact investing - the practice by which investors finance social businesses and Bottom of the Pyramid schemes, in the search for both financial return and social impact. Jessica is interested in how this and related practices signify attempts by corporate and philanthropic elites – and increasingly, by national and international development agencies – to provide market-based solutions to enduring development challenges in Latin America, framing global capitalism as the solution rather than the cause of growing inequity and environmental destruction in the region.

Following completion of her Stipendiary Fellowship at ILAS, Jessica will be taking up a SeNSS/ESRC funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Sussex. Jessica is a convener of the Development Studies Association Business and Development Study Group, and a board member of the social enterprise Sound & Fair (supplying the global musical instrument market with sustainably sourced wood from Tanzania).






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Professor Jean Stubbs

Research Area:  Cuba - tobacco, labour, gender, race and migration; Commodities of Empire
Tenure:  - Aug 2022


Jean is founding co-director of the Commodities of Empire project; founder member of the Commodity Frontiers Initiative; Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS, School of Advanced Study, University of London) and the Institute of the Americas (University College London); and Professor Emerita of London Metropolitan University, where she directed the Caribbean Studies Centre (2002-2009). She is a member of the Academy of History of Cuba, and, since her early monograph Tobacco on the Periphery: A Case Study in Cuban Labour History, 1860-1958 (Cambridge University Press, 1985), she has published widely on Cuba, her specialist interests spanning tobacco, labour, gender, race and migration.

She is currently co-editing the Oxford University Press Handbook of Commodity History (with Prof. William Gervase Clarence-Smith, SOAS; Dr. Jonathan Curry-Machado, ILAS, University of London; and Dr. Jelmer Vos, University of Glasgow). She is also working on two other books, one provisionally titled The Havana Cigar Universe: Transnational Migration and Commodity Production, 1756-2020 (single-authored) and the other Nation-Branding and the New Cuban Diasporas in Canada and Western Europe, 1989-2019 (co-authored with Dr Catherine Krull, University of Victoria, Canada). Her foundational work on Cuban tobacco, and especially the Havana cigar, has led her to trace cultivation, trade, manufacture, labour and consumption on a global scale, linking commodity and migration histories. Spanning the late eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries, her work draws on sociological, anthropological, and agronomic approaches as well as archival and oral history. Her work on contemporary Cuban migration builds on this to explore how commodity and nation branding have shaped the new Cuban diasporic mobilities.

Jean has also worked as a documentary film researcher, including with Prof. Michael Chanan (University of Roehampton) on ‘Havana Report’ (1986) and ‘Cuba from Inside’ (1988).





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Dr Jack Webb

Research Area:  Ideas About Haiti and the Decolonisation of Jamaica, 1945–62
Tenure:  Sep 2018 - Aug 2019


Jack was awarded a PhD from the University of Liverpool in 2016. His thesis, ‘Haiti in the British Imagination, 1847–1904’, examined the ways in which a range of Britons engaged with the imperial project thought about Haiti. The ‘Black Republic’ — to use the Victorian term — had the potential to threaten ideologies and practices of imperialism through its successful rejection of European colonialism. This thesis documents the various techniques of silencing deployed by British imperialists in their constructions of representations of Haiti. In keeping with this interest in ideas about different types of decolonisation, Jack’s latest research project, ‘Living with (De)colonisation: Memories and Experiences of Guyanese Migrants to Britain, 1945–2000’ involves conducting life-history interviews with Windrush-generation Guyanese migrants to Britain.

He has published scholarly articles in the Journal of Caribbean History and Book History, as well as contributed a chapter to an edited volume on the early history of the Royal Anthropological Institute (ed. by David Shankland). He is currently working on two book projects: Haiti in the British Imperial Imagination: The Mechanics of Silence, 1847–1915, to be published with Liverpool University Press in 2019; and the edited volume, along with co-editors Roderick Westmaas, Maria del Pilar Kaladeen and William Tantam, Coming into the Cold: Memory, Migration, and Decolonisation in the Caribbean and Beyond (under review with SAS Publications)







A full list of our Associate Fellows can be found here.