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Dr Thomas Rath
26 Gordon Sq.
Tel: +44 (0) 207 679 3634
  • Lecturer
  • Dept of History
  • Faculty of S&HS

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 – History by period Columbia University
2003 M.Phil Master of Philosophy – Latin studies University of Oxford
2001 BA Bachelor of Arts – History by period University College London
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