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Prof Maxine Molyneux
Institute of the Americas
50/51 Gordon Square
wc1 H0PQ
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  • Professor of Sociology
  • Institute of the Americas
  • Faculty of S&HS

I joined UCL in July 2012 as Director of UCL’s Institute of the Americas. Prior to that I was Professor of Sociology, and from 2008, Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London.  Previous posts were held at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London; Birkbeck College (Politics and Sociology); and Essex University (Sociology). My research has spanned the academic and policy worlds and I have served as senior adviser, consultant and researcher to various agencies of the UN, and have undertaken and led funded research for the UK’s Department for International Development, and other development policy agencies and NGOs.  I am the Editor of the Palgrave Studies in the Americas series and serve on the editorial boards of Economy and Society, and the Journal of Latin American Studies.

Research Summary

I am a political sociologist specialising in Latin America but with interests in comparative research.  My recent research and publications have been on the themes of gender inequality and women’s movements, citizenship, human rights and social policy in developing economies.  I have authored books and articles on Latin America, Ethiopia and South Yemen. My current research is on two projects - creating an archive of the oral history of second wave feminism in Latin America; and continuing to research social protection, anti-poverty programmes and social accountability in developing countries, including Latin America.  

Teaching Summary

My principle teaching has been in three areas: the Sociology of Development;  Globalisation and Latin American Development; and Gender, Politics and Policy in Latin America. I have also taught theory courses in Political Sociology.

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