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Dr Sam Halvorsen is Senior Lecturer in Human Geography. He was previously a research fellow at the University of Cambridge and the University of Buenos Aires. He is interested in the relationship between grassroots urban politics and territory, particularly in Latin America, having previously published widely on Occupy London. Since 2015 he has been researching political parties and local governance in Buenos Aires. He is chair and founder of the Latin American Geographies in the UK Research Network (LAG-UK). Recent publications include: ‘Mobilising Territory: Socio-territorial movements in comparative perspective’, (Annals of the Association of American Geographers, co-authored with Bernardo Mançano Fernandes and Fernanda Torres);; 'Cartographies of epistemic expropriation: critical reflections on learning from the South’, (Geoforum, 2018) and ‘Decolonising territory: Dialogues with Latin American knowledges and grassroots strategies’ (Progress in Human Geography, 2018). Contact:

Dr Doreen Montag is Senoir Lecturer in Non-Clinical Global Public Health with almost 20 years of experience among indigenous and non-indigenous people in rural and urban areas of the Peruvian Andes and Amazon. She received her DPhil in Anthropology from Oxford University. Her doctoral research, which was funded by the Radcliff-Brown Trust of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, the Bamborough Fund, the Linacre Trust Fund and the Peter Lienhardt Memorial Fund from the Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology at Oxford University, is an ethnography of fever in the Peruvian Amazon. It focuses on how historical factors, embodied biopolitics, current environmental degradation and increase in emergence and re-emergence of infectious diseases impacts upon urban Shipibo-Konibo people’s experiences of fever. Dr. Montag’s first book Gesundheit und Krankheit im Urubamba-Tal / Peru, draws upon in-depth ethnographic research between 1996 and 2000 on political economic approaches to health care seeking in the district of Urubamba in the Sacred Valley of the Inkas. Her comparative analysis of different stakeholders’ experiences with Urubambinian medicine and biomedicine emphasises the complexity around medicine as a secondary resource in a civil war affected setting.

Dr Holly Eva Ryan is Senior lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations. Her research sits at the intersections of visual and international politics. It has a particular emphasis on the relationship between aesthetics, power and the political practice of non state actors - artists, social movements and NGOs - in Latin America and beyond. Dr Ryan's recently published book 'Political Street Art: Communication, Culture and Resistance in Latin America', examines the relationship between street art and social change in Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. Beyond street art, she has written on a variety of topics including indigenous peoples’ rights, collective memory, campaign imagery, and democratic theory/practice. Dr Ryan is currently working on an ESRC New Investigator funded project exploring international friendship, solidarity and the practice of ‘twinning’ (hermanamiento). Countries of interest: Guyana, Colombia, Nicaragua, Brazil, Argentina (among others). Contact:

Honorary President

Professor James Dunkerley


We currently have over 70 members based within and beyond Queen Mary University. At QMUL we currently have active members in the schools of: Geography, Politics and IR, HIstory, Languages, Linguistics and Film as well as in the Blizard Institute. Staff attached to QMLAN include:

Dr Patricia D'Allemand has published widely on Latin American cultural theory and is also a specialist on processes of nation-building, ethnicity and identity discourses in nineteenth-century Colombia. Her writings on the discursive production of the period propose alternative readings of the country's postcolonial cultural field and the elite's constructions of modernity. Her book on the major nineteenth-century Colombian thinker, José María Samper, offers a radical interdisciplinary revaluation of the author’s writings and raises crucial issues relevant to not only the author’s work, but to the work of his contemporaries. She is currently working on mid-nineteenth-century critical discourses and literary historiography.

Dr Felipe Antunes de Oliveira is Lecturer in Global Governance and International Development. Before joining QMUL School of Politics and Internationa Relations, he worked for ten years as a career diplomat at the Brazilian Ministry of External Relations. He is interested in Latin American perspectives to International Relations and Political Economy, as well as contemporary Latin American politics. Felipe has worked with research partners based in Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico. His research has appeared in journals such as Globalizations, International Relations and Development, Cambridge Review of International Affairs, Monthly Review, and Revista de Economia da UFSC


Dr Noam Maggor is a historian of the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the emergence of industrial capitalism. My book Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America's First Gilded Age, is a finance-driven and urban-centered account of the transformation of American capitalism at the end of the nineteenth century. It explores how the United States shifted from its former position in the world economy as an exporter of agricultural commodities – cotton, above all – to an industrial nation and imperial power on the world stage. In particular, the book analyzes the creation of an interconnected national market, which has long been viewed as immutable and technologically-driven, as a contentious and highly malleable political project. It more generally examines economic change as politically constituted and deeply ideological, transcending conceptual divides between economics, politics, culture, and society.

Dr Rowan Lubbock is a Lecturer in International Relations and Development. was awarded his PhD in 2017 from Birkbeck, University of London, where he previously taught politics and international relations.  His research centres on the intersections between Latin American regionalism, Critical Agrarian Studies, and historical materialism, and He is currently writing a book on the politics of food sovereignty within Venezuela and the Latin American regional institution of the ALBA-TCP, to be published by University of Georgia Press.

Dr François Gerard is Lecturer in Economics at QMUL. He previously was an Assistant Professor at Columbia University and holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. His primary research interests are at the intersection of Public Economics and Development Economics; he is also interested in Labor Economics. His work focuses on empirical questions related to social insurance, taxation, inequality, and the correction of externalities, in the context of low- and middle-income countries.

Professor Paul Heritage is Professor of Drama and Performance and Director of People’s Palace Projects (PPP), a Research Centre in the School of English and Drama which is also a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.  I studied both Drama and English at the University of Manchester and taught at Manchester and Swansea before joining Queen Mary in 1997 to found the Drama Department.  Since 1991, I have been creating practice-based arts research projects between the UK and Brazil with a focus on public security, human rights, social justice and indigenous cultural exchange.

Dr Marcia Vera Espinoza is a Lecturer in Human Geography at Queen Mary University of London. Her research and teaching seat at the intersection of development, political and social geography, with a focus on migration in Latin America. Marcia is particularly interested in the study of migration and refugee dynamics, experiences of inclusion and migration governance in Latin America. Before joining QMUL, Marcia was an associate researcher in the ERC funded project ´Prospects for International Migration Governance´ (MIGPROSP) and taught at the University of Sheffield (2015-2018). She is currently conducting research on the impacts of COVID-19 on migrant and refugee populations across seven countries in Latin America as part of the research group CAMINAR (Comparative Analysis on International Migration and Displacement in the Americas). Marcia is member of the International Advisory Board of Forced Migration Review. She has recently published in Migration and Society, Geopolitics, and Global Policy, among others. Her co-edited book ‘The Dynamics of Regional Migration Governance’ was published by Edward Elgar Publishing in 2019.

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