Latin American Centre

MPhil Latin American Studies (MPhil LAS)

This is a twenty-one-month programme which spans six academic terms, plus a field work project in Latin America (up to 3 months). 

This programme allows students to develop an individual research project informed by interdisciplinary teaching at the LAC and a period of fieldwork in Latin America. The programme is ideally suited to those students considering an academic or research-focused career, and is an excellent training for a doctoral degree.

Dr Francesca Lessa

Dr. Francesca Lessa
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow

I have been working at the Latin American Centre (SIAS) since February 2011. Currently, I am conducting a three-year project to study accountability for Plan Condor transnational crimes in South America. This project is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions - Research Fellowship Programme of the European Commission. Between late 2014 and mid-2016, I was based in Buenos Aires to observe the proceedings in the Plan Cóndor trial and conduct research on this secret cross-national coordination set up by six military dictatorships in South America in the 1970s and 1980s.

Professor Timothy J. Power

Professor Timothy J. Power
Course Director, Director of the Brazilian Studies Programme; Professor of Latin American Politics

I am a comparative political scientist with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary area studies. As an undergraduate at the University of Massachusetts in the early 1980s, I studied both Latin American literature and political science. I then completed an MA in interdisciplinary Latin American Studies at the University of Florida in 1986. I completed my PhD in political science at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, working mainly with the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, a centre that bears many similarities to SIAS.

Dr Diego Sánchez-Ancochea

Director of the Latin American Centre; Associate Professor in the Political Economy of Latin America

I arrived at the University of Oxford in 2008 after five years at the Institute for the Study of the Americas (University of London). I hold a joint appointment at SIAS and the Department of International Development and I am also a Fellow at St Antony’s College. I love Oxford’s commitment to multidisciplinary area studies and to a deeper understanding of the economic, political and social challenges in different parts of the developing world. It is a pleasure to work with colleagues who share the same enthusiasm both in my two departments.

Elvira Ryan (and Tex)

Latin American Centre Admissions Secretary

I started working at the Latin American Centre (LAC), which I call the Happy Centre, in October 1988. The centre was then based in 21 Winchester Rd, had only 3 fellows and was running two courses with a small number of students (average 6). Today we are in 1 Church Walk, have 7 fellows attached to the centre and are running 3 courses with a larger number of students (average 25). During the years I have had the opportunity to meet and help so many students, visitors, recognised students, some of which are working with big firms/government all around the world.

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