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Dr Thomas Rath
311
26 Gordon Sq.
London
WC1E 6BT
Tel: +44 (0) 207 679 3634
Appointment
  • Lecturer
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences
 
 
Biography

I was an undergraduate in the UCL History department, then went to Oxford for their M.Phil. in Latin American Studies, and after that to Columbia for a Ph.D., awarded in 2009. Since then I have held a Visiting Fellowship at the University of Maryland, College Park, and then a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship at Hamilton College in New York. 

Research Summary

I work on the political, social and cultural history of modern Latin America, particularly Mexico. My research to date has explored the politics of nation-state building after the Mexican revolution, particularly military and regional politics, popular protest, political violence, gender, and historical memory.  I continue to work on these themes, and am particularly interested in the politics of history during Mexico's so-called transition to democracy, and in comparing Mexico's experience with the rest of Latin America.  I am also developing a new project which takes me into more unfamiliar territory: the relationship between state-building, capitalism, and human-animal relations in modern Mexico. As part of this project I am currently researching the political history of the U.S.-Mexican campaign against foot-and-mouth disease (aftosa) in the 1940s and 1950s, with the support of the Wellcome Trust.

Teaching Summary

In 2012-13 and 2013-14, I will teach undergraduate surveys of modern Latin American history (c.1830-1930, and c.1930-present). By 2014-15, some of my new courses should be up-and-running, including a thematic course on the politics of history in Latin America, and a seminar course on the revolutionary Mexico. I am also developing a course on the transnational history of the Americas c.1850-1950 with my colleague David Sim.

Academic Background
2009 PhD Doctor of Philosophy Columbia University
2003 M.Phil Master of Philosophy University of Oxford
2001 BA Bachelor of Arts University College London
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