The history of democracy in Latin America from a comparative perspective is my main field of research. I am interested in the study of the concept of democracy and its developments over time and the institutions and practices historically associated with ‘democracy’. My research therefore covers a wide range of related subjects, including the history of elections, citizenship, constitutions, the press and public opinion, popular politics, and civil associations. For further details of my research programme ‘Latin America and the Global History of Democracy’, please see:
I have been Tinker Professor of Latin American History at Chicago University, Cogut Visiting Professor of Latin American Studies at Brown University, and Visiting Fellow at the Kellingg Institute in the University of Notre Dame. I graduated in Law at the Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá, Colombia, and then completed post-graduate studies in Oxford: MPhil in Latin American Studies and DPhil in Modern History.
Since 2013, I have convened the Latin American History Seminar, housed at the Oxford Latin American Centre.
I am interested in supervising research students working on any aspect of the history of democracy in Latin America during the xixth and xxth centuries.