School of Politics and International Relations

Angus McNelly


Supervisor(s): Dr Jeffery Webber and Prof James Dunkerley

Research Topic: Class Formation and State Formation under Progressive Governments in Urban Bolivia

Research Interests: Progressive governments, Latin American politics, critical political economy, political ethnography, theories of the state.

My route into Politics and International Relations is somewhat unorthodox, having studied for an undergraduate degree in Economics and Mathematics at the University of Bristol and a master’s degree in Development Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies. A cross examination of neoclassical economic theory using the logic mathematics sparked a desire to critically engage with mainstream economic and political theory, something that was fostered during my time at SOAS.

Education/Professional Qualifications:

  • BSc Economics and mathematics (University of Bristol, 2010)
  • MSc Development Studies (SOAS University of London, 2012)
  • PhD Politics and IR (QMUL, 2014—2019)

Work Experience:

  • Teaching assistant in International Relations, QMUL (2017—present)
  • Teaching assistant in Business and Society, QMUL (2015—2016)
  • Teacher of Mathematics and Spanish, Highbury Fields School for Girls (2012—2015)


McNelly, A., 2018, Labour Bureaucracy and Labour Officialdom in Evo Morales’ Bolivia, Development and Change, Forthcoming.

McNelly, A., 2017. The contours of Gramscian theory in Bolivia: From government rhetoric to radical critique. Constellations, 24(3), pp.432–446.

Other Publications:

McNelly, A. & Webber, J., 2018. From the United Kingdom to Latin America, Striking for Pensions in the Age of Austerity. NACLA.

McNelly, A., 2016. The Latest Turn of Bolivia’s Political Merry-Go-Round: The Constitutional Referendum. Viewpoint Magazine.

McNelly, A., 2016. Evo Morales and the Limits to 21st Century Socialism. ROAR magazine.