I am a historian of Latin America, especially Peru. I studied economic history at LSE (1991-1994) and an MPhil in Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford (1994-1996). I read for a DPhil in Modern History (2000), also at Oxford, under the supervision of Professor Alan Knight.

My first post was a Leverhulme Trust-funded postdoctoral fellowship, which took me to Peru for further research (2000-2001). I was then awarded a Hewlett Foundation fellowship, which I held jointly at the Latin American Centre in Oxford and the Institute for Latin American Studies in London (2001-2002). In 2002 I was appointed Junior Lecturer in Latin American History at the University of Oxford, a temporary post which I held until 2004.

In 2004 I was appointed Lecturer in Latin American Studies at the University of Leeds. I moved to a post in economic history at the University of Manchester in 2005. In 2010, I was appointed Senior Lecturer in Latin American History at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, School of Advanced Study, University of London. In 2012, I joined the Institute of the Americas at University College London as Associate Professor of Latin American History. I was promoted to Professor of Latin American History in 2020.

I recently completed a monograph on prostitution, venereal disease and state formation in Peru, c. 1850-1950. I am now working, with Martín Bergel, on an edited volume on new historical perspectives on APRA, Peru’s most important political party in the twentieth century, and on a biography of José Carlos Mariátegui, funded by a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship.