Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Patricia Oliart

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies


Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies 

I graduated in Sociology at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. My Masters degree is in Latin American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and I hold a PhD in Human Geography at Newcastle University.

Recipient of the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship for the Advanced Research Collaborative at the CUNY Graduate Center Spring 2020. 

Co-coordinator with Jorge Catalá-Carrasco of the EU funded H2020 MSCA-RISE project Cultural Narratives of Crisis and Renewal 2015-2018.


Alberto Flores Galindo Visiting Fellow at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in 2017

Co-editor of the Bulletin of Latin American Research 2015 - 2018

From 2009 to 2014 I was co-director of the ¡Vamos! Festival in the North East of England.  

Recipient of the Rockefeller Fellowship "Race, Rights and Resources" at the University of Texas at Austin, Spring of 2003.





For most of my career I have been a  lecturer, consultant and researcher on issues related to gender, ethnicity, cultural change, and education in urban and rural areas in the Andes and Amazonia.  I have continued my interest in those topics but about a decade ago I began to work on urban youth cultures and activism.  My current research integrates the analysis of cultural production and practices among youth collectives  with theories of social change and political subjectivities, performance studies and youth studies. More here: 


Postgraduate co-supervisor:

Miriam Liggins DTC ESRC funded PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies, on the practice of online quechua learning. 

Past students

Jane Carnaffan, ESCR funded PhD in Human Geography: Peru-Land of the Incas? An analysis of Discourses of Development, Culture and Gender in ‘Home stay’ tourism in Peru. 

Penelope Johnson, PhD in Translation Studies: Translation and the image of the other. The English translations of Pablo Neruda's Canto General. 

Ximena Cordoba, AHRC funded PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies,  on the Oruro Carnival. 

Fernando Gonzáles-Velarde, PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies,  on tourism, culture, and uses of space in the Northern Coast of Peru.

Sarah Bennison, AHRC funded PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies, working on water rituals in the Peruvian Highlands 

Sarah Duggan AHRC funded in Iberian and Latin American Studies, on cultural change in the Chapada Diamantina, Bahia going from a mining area to a natural reserve.

Natalie Hoskin, DTC- ESRC funded in Sociology and Iberian and Latin American Studies, on teenage sexuality and sex education in North East Brazil. 

Stefan Rzedzian DTC-ESRC funded in Geography, on Earth rights rethoric and extractive activities in Ecuador.

Antonia Manresa, DTC- ESRC funded PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies, working on Indigenous Education in Ecuador.  

Felix Lossio Chavez working on Nation branding tourism campaigns in Peru and Cuba

Ursula Balderson, DTC- ESRC funded PhD in Sociology  working  on social movements and mining in Ancash, Perú. 

Carolyn Taylor MLitt in Latin American Studies, on home tourism in Maya communities in Mexico and Guatemala.

Maria Denton: MLitt in Latin American Studies on Indigenous Hip Hop in Brazil

Alex Young  DTC- ESRC funded PhD in Iberian and Latin American Studies, working in Colombia on Educación Popular,  feminism and gender-based violence. 

Grace Garside DTC ESRC funded PhD in Geography at Durham University, working on Mapuche girls and Intercultural Education in Chile. 





Undergraduate Teaching

Module leader for

LAS 1010 Introducción a América Latina, team taught with Giuliana Borea

SPA 2025 Representaciones de Revolución, Dictadura y Democracia,  team taught with Jorge Catalá-Carrasco

SPA4008 Culturas de la Juventud en España, Portugal y América Latina,

Awarded  the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award for the academic year of 2013-2014.