Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Claire Brewster

Senior Lecturer in Latin American History



After working in various universities, I joined the School of History, Classics and Archaeology in 2005 as a lecturer in Latin American history on a 20% contract, which was increased to 50% in 2007. I have never allowed the fact that I work part-time adversely to affect my research, my colleagues, nor my students.  I became senior lecturer in 2011.

Roles and Responsibilities

Module leader for History of the Americas first year module (2008-09 and 2018-19)
Admissions tutor (2008); DPD for History and Politics/History (2016)
Module leader for Pre-Columbian and Spanish America second year module(2005-21)
Module leader for Post-Revolutionary Mexico, third year special subject
Supervisions for writing history, third year dissertation


PhD History (University of Warwick, 2001)
M.A. by research, distinction, History (University of Warwick, 1995)
B.A. Hons., Class one in Comparative American Studies (University of Warwick, 1993)

Previous Positions

January 2004-2006 Research Associate, Department of Hispanic and Latin American Studies, University of Nottingham.

October 2001-December 2003 Research Associate, Department of Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Manchester

1997-2002 Visiting Scholar, Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge

1996-2001 Lecturer, Dept. of History, University of Warwick (part-time)


Society of Latin American Studies.

Centre of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Newcastle University.

Associate of the Centre of Latin American Studies, Cambridge. 


English and Spanish


Research Interests

Mexican history, especially 20th century Mexican political and cultural history including sport; Mexican intellectuals; the 1968 Mexican Student Movement; the 1994 Zapatista rebellion

Other Expertise

Independence of Spanish America, particularly the roles of women in the wars of independence (1808-1826).

Current Work

I am currently researching cultural politics (sport) in Mexico (1890-1990).

I have constructed an annotated database of women involved in the independence of Latin America (c1790-1850) as part of an AHRC-funded prject at the University of Nottingham. This is now fully accessible via its website. www.genderlatam.org.uk

I have recently co-authored a book tracing the politics of sport in Mexico, with a specific focus on the political and social implications of Mexico City's hosting of the 1968 Olympic Games and 1970 Football World Cup.


Undergraduate Teaching

I thoroughly enjoy teaching and it is my aim to share and to spread my love of a wonderful continent and its people through my modules. Students are encouraged to provide feedback and I incorporate serious suggestions whenever possible. I am happy to supervise undergraduate dissertations on any aspect of Latin American history, culture, and politics.

HIS1046 History of the Americas
HIS2085 Pre-Columbian and Spanish America
HIS3085 Post-Revolutionary Mexico: From Zapata to the Zapatistas

Postgraduate Teaching

I welcome applications for study in 20th century Mexican history, culture and politics.
I am happy to supervise MA dissertations on any aspect of Latin American history, politics and culture.
MA in American History - Contribution to core module
MA in American History - Dissertation supervisor