School of Politics and International Relations

Mr Angus McNelly, BSc (University of Bristol), MSc (SOAS)


Room Number: Arts One, 2.16
Office Hours: Tuesday 10-11am & Friday 10-11am


I started off studying Economics and Mathematics moving, developing interests in the fields of Critical Political Theory and Latin American Politics through a Master’s in Development Studies at SOAS. My PhD research focuses on class formation and state formation in urban Bolivia, and I spent seventeen months doing fieldwork in 2016/17. I am currently in the writing up phase of my thesis. I have also published articles about developments in Bolivia in Constellations journal, Viewpoint magazine and ROAR magazine.

Outside academia I taught in a secondary school for three years, and tutored foster children for four years, honing my teaching skills and applying pedagogical theory. I have found this invaluable experience that I have been able to transfer into teaching at undergraduate level.

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Research Interests:

  • Bolivia
  • Latin American Politics
  • Critical Political Economy
  • Marxist Theory
  • State Theory
  • Urban sociology
  • Political Ethnography

Examples of research funding:

  • ESRC Studentship (2015-2018) – PhD funding
  • PGRF 2015 – Funding for PhD Fieldwork


McNelly, A., 2017, The contours of Gramscian theory in Bolivia: From government rhetoric to radical critique. Constellations, manuscript accepted

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.