Dr Keith Brewster
Senior Lecturer in Latin American History
- Email: email@example.com
- Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5080
I joined the School in 2003 after having spent five years as a Research Associate at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge. My interest in Latin America dates back to the 1980s when I spent 18 months travelling the continent. On returning to England, I continued my passion for the region at Warwick University, completing a doctoral thesis on Mexican rural political history in 1996. Since then I have had the great fortune to share my enthusiasm for Latin Amerca with countless undergraduates, and periodically recharge my batteries with research trips to Mexico City and beyond.
Roles and Responsibilities
My main teaching roles are to offer tuition and supervision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for topics related to the History of the Americas.
In the recent past, I have been actively involved in student recruitment, representing History at both School and University Open/Visit Days and collaborating with the International Office regarding international student recruitment. I was also Director of Undergraduate Studies for the School of Historical Studies from 2008-2011.
PhD in History (Warwick)
BA (Hons.) in Comparative American Studies (Warwick)
2002-2003 Associate Fellow, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge; temporary lecturer, Dept. of Hispanic, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University of Bristol.
1997-2002 Research Officer, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge.
1996-1997 Lecturer, Department of History, University of Warwick.
Society of Latin American Studies
Associate Fellow of the Centre of Latin American Studies, Cambridge
One of the joys of my job is that I can share my passion for Latin America with my students: which is just as well as I currently offer a shed-load of undergraduate modules on Latin American history from first-year survey modules to document-based modules on the Mexican Revolution.
Current modules I offer include:
HIS1046 The History of the Americas
HIS2047 Twentieth century Cuba
HIS3084 The Mexican Revolution
HIS3002 Latin America Through the Foreign Gaze
I also supervise 3rd year dissertations on Latin American topics and contribute towards a 3rd year historiographical module (again looking at Latin American texts)
I teachon the MA module HIS 8034: 'The Indian Problem' in Latin America
I am happy to supervise students on any topic related to my own areas of research expertise
My main area of interest and expertise is twentieth century Mexican history and culture. Recent publications reflect my interest in post-revolutionary Mexican society and the nature of socio-cultural reforms. More specifically, I am analysing the political manipulation of sport and sporting events. This has formulated around two specific projects:
The first project was part-funded by the AHRC and concerned the political and social implications of Mexico City’s hosting of the Olympic Games in 1968.
The second project was part-funded by the British Academy and analysed the political and social significance of the Pentathlón Deportivo Militar Universitario, a nationalist Mexican youth organisation formed in 1938.
An off-shoot of my earlier work on militarism and leadership was a research topic looking at the role of spiritism within the Mexican army during the 1920s. This led to some slightly wierd, but fascinating findings!
I continue to be actively involved in research relating to twentieth century Mexican identity. I am currently working on a monograph the traces the devleopment of moern sports in Mexico from the 1880s to 1960s.
My present interest on the links between sport, politics, culture and society offers considerable potential for future research. I am particularly keen to broaden my analysis away from Mexico and place it within a comparative context. As such, I envisage conducting future research in other areas of the Americas and collaborating with scholars looking at similar developments in other parts of the world.
I have successfully supervised one Ph.D student who researched the broader context behind the Black American podium protest at the Mexico City Olympics.
I am happy to supervise postgraduates in any area of Latin American history and culture for which I have expertise. Topics might include:
- the Mexican Revolution and post-revolutionary period
- caciquismo and rural political history in Latin America
- indigenous resistance in Latin American history
- the politics of culture (especially in the field of sport)
- the history of the Modern Olympics
I am regularly invited to contribute towards conferences and publications, both at home and overseas, on the topics of my research expertise.
British Academy small research grant (£4430). Title: The political aims of the Pentathlon Deportivo Militar Universitario (1938-1960s).
AHRC Research Leave Grant (£26,394). Title: Representing the Nation: Sport and Spectacle in post-revolutionary Mexico.
- Brewster C, Brewster K. Olympic diplomacy and national redemption in post-revolutionary Mexico. In: Torres, C; Sotomayor, A, ed. The Olympic Movement in the Making of Latin America and the Caribbean. The University of Arkansas Press, 2018. In Press.
- Brewster K, Brewster C. Latin America's first Olympics: Mexico 1968. In: Bairner, A; Kelly, J; Lee, JW, ed. Routledge Handbook of Sport and Politics. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2016, pp.429-439.
- Brewster K. Myths of Demilitarization in Postrevolutionary Mexico, 1920-1960. Bulletin of Latin American Research 2015, 34(3), 406-407.
- Brewster C, Brewster K. "He hath not done this for any other nation": Mexico's 1970 and 1986 World Cups. In: Stefan Rinke; Kay Schiller, ed. The FIFA World Cup 1930-2010: Politics, Commerce, Spectacle and Identities. Gottingen, Germany: Wallstein Verlag, 2014, pp.199-219.
- Brewster K. Jamie M Pensado, Rebel Mexico: Student Unrest and Authoritarian Political Culture during the Long Sixties (Standford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013). Journal of Latin American Studies 2014, 46(3), 606-608.
- Brewster C, Brewster K. 'Patria, Honor y Fuerza': A study of a right-wing youth movement in Mexico during the 1930s-1960s. Journal of Latin American Studies 2014, 46(4), 691-721.
- Brewster K. Conviviendo con el caciquismo: Huauchinango en el periodo posrevolucionario. In: Libertad Mora, ed. Huauchinango. El rumor del tiempo. Mexico: Pi red a.c. editores, 2011, pp.119-130.
- Brewster K. Introduction. In: Brewster, K, ed. Reflections on Mexico '68. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp.1-10.
- Brewster K. Mexico City 1968: Oscillating Aspirations. International Journal of the History of Sport 2010, 27(16-18), 2748-2765.
- Brewster K. Militarismo, etnicidad y politica en la Sierra Norte de Puebla, 1917-1930. Mexico: Educacion y Cultura, 2010.
- Brewster K, ed. Reflections on Mexico '68. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010.
- Brewster C, Brewster K. Representing the Nation: Sport and Spectacle in Post-Revolutionary Mexico. London and New York: Routledge, 2010.
- Brewster K. Teaching Mexicans How to Behave: Public Education on the Eve of the Olympics. In: Brewster, K, ed. Reflections on Mexico '68. Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp.46-62.
- Bolsmann C, Brewster K. Mexico 1968 and South Africa 2010: Development, Leadership and Legacies. Sport in Society 2009, 12(10), 1284-1298.
- Brewster K. Mexico 68 :premier jeux Olympiques du Tiers Monde. In: Claude Boli, ed. Les Juex Olympiques: Fierte nationale et enjeu mondial. Paris: Musee National du Sport, 2008, pp.221-229.
- Brewster K. Post-revolutionary Mexico. In: Johnson, L., Wood, D, ed. Sporting Cultures: Hispanic Perspectives on Sport, Text and the Body. London, UK: Routledge, 2008, pp.1-19.
- Brewster K. Survival strategies among the Mexican rural elite. Bulletin of Latin American Research 2008, 27(4), 534-553.
- Brewster C, Brewster K. Ethereal Allies: Spiritism and the Revolutionary Struggle. In: Butler, M, ed. Faith and Impiety in Revolutionary Mexico. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007, pp.93-109.
- Brewster K. Chassen-Lopez, F., 'From liberal to revolutionary Oaxaca: The view from the south, Mexico 1867-1911', Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005 [Book review]. Journal of Peasant Studies 2006, 33(2), 359-361.
- Brewster K, Brewster C. Mexico City 1968 : Sombreros and Skyscrapers. In: Tomlinson, A., Young, C, ed. National Identity and Global Sports Events : Culture, Politics, and Spectacle in the Olympics and Football World Cup. New York: State University of New York Press, 2006, pp.99-116.
- Brewster K. Vanderwood, P., 'Juan Soldado: Rapist, murderer, martyr, saint', Duke University: Duke University Press, 2005 [Book review]. History 2006, 91(304), 599-600.
- Brewster K. Caciquismo in the Sierra Norte de Puebla: the Case of Gabriel Barrios Cabrera. In: Knight, A., Pansters, W, ed. Caciquismo in Twentieth-Century Mexico. London: Institute for the Study of the Americas, 2005, pp.113-128.
- Brewster K. Patriotic Pastimes: The Role of Sport in Post-Revolutionary Mexico. International Journal of the History of Sport 2005, 22(2), 139-157.
- Brewster K. Redeeming the 'Indian': sport and ethnicity in post-revolutionary Mexico. Patterns of Prejudice 2004, 38(3), 213-231.
- Brewster K. Militarism, Ethnicity, and Politics in the Sierra Norte de Puebla, 1917-1930. Tucson, Arizona, USA: University of Arizona Press, 2003.
- Brewster K. Militarism and Ethnicity in the Sierra de Puebla, Mexico. The Americas 1999, 56(2), 253-275.
- Keith Brewster. Gabriel Barrios Cabrera: The anti Agrarian Friend of the Campesino. Bulletin of Latin American Research 1998, 17(3), 263-283.
- Keith Brewster. Caciquismo en el México rural durante los veintes: El caso de Gabriel Barrios. Historia y Grafía 1997, 8, 209-238.
- Keith Brewster. The Mexican Revolution: October 1910- February 1913. In: M. Werner, ed. Encyclopedia of Mexico: History, Society and Culture. Fitzroy Dearborn, 1997.
- Keith Brewster. Caciquismo in post Revolutionary Mexico: The Case of Gabriel Barrios. Journal of Latin American Studies 1996, 28, 105-128.