Images of the United States in Latin America, 1850-1900

Images of the United States in Latin America, 1850-1900

Friday, 7 March 2014 - 5:00pm
Venue: 
Joint RAI/LAC Seminar
Speaker(s): 
Professor Nicola Miller and Dr Adam Smith, University College London.
Convenor: 
Dr Christian Arnold, Dr Svitlana Chernykh and Dr Francesca Lessa.

Nicola Miller is Professor of Latin American History at UCL.  She is interested in intellectual history, cultural history and international history -- and particularly in thinking about how these different sub-disciplines can be brought together and in the insights to be gained from inter-disciplinary work and transnational approaches.  She has published widely in all three fields, particularly on the history of intellectuals in Latin America.  She teaches an MA course on Nationalism and National Identity in Latin America, and recently co-edited a special issue of the journal Nations and Nationalism on Latin American nationalism (April 2006). 

Nicola also worked on the AHRC-funded project 'The American Way of Life: Images of the United States in Nineteenth-century Europe and Latin America'. 

Areas of Research Supervision: History of modern Latin America (nineteenth and twentieth centuries), especially US relations with Latin America; nationalism and national identity; history of intellectuals and culture; the findings of which have been published as America Imagined.  Select Publications:America Imagined. Explaining the United States in Nineteenth Century Europe and Latin America, edited with Axel Körner and Adam I. P. Smith (Palgrave, New York, 2012); Reinventing Modernity in Latin America:  Intellectuals Imagine the Future, 1900-1930, (Palgrave, New York, 2007). Soviet Relations with Latin America, 1959-1987, Cambridge Soviet Paperbacks series, Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Dr. Adam Smith is Senior Lecturer in History at UCL  H was a Junior Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, a Visiting Fellow at Harvard and a lecturer in American history at Queen Mary, University of London. He has a BA in Modern History from Oxford, an MA from Sheffield and my PhD is from Cambridge. In 2009, he was a visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently serving as the Honorary Secretary of the Royal Historical Society.  His main historical interest is in the nature of politics and political change, with a concentration on the United States in the mid-nineteenth century. His book, No Party Now: Politics in the Civil War North (Oxford University Press, 2006) explores the impact of the Civil War on partisanship and political mobilisation, while The American Civil War (Palgrave, 2007) is an overview of the war which emphasises the importance of home front public opinion in determining the outcome. He has recently contributed to the department's AHRC-funded Images of America project and to a book on the global image of Abraham Lincoln. His current projects are a book about politics in the United States between 1848 and 1876 and a short biography of Abraham Lincoln. My book reviews and essays have appeared regularly in the Times Literary Supplement and other journals.