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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. On 1 July 2012, I joined the Institute of the Americas at University College London as Senior Lecturer in Latin American History.