Professor James Dunkerley awarded OBE

Wednesday 16 June 2010

Former Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, Professor James Dunkerley, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to Latin American studies and UK/Latin American relations.

Professor James Dunkerley was Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the School of Advanced Study between 1998 and 2008, and is currently Professor of Politics at Queen Mary, University of London. In 2004, he oversaw the merger of the Institute of Latin American Studies, where he had originally been a Research Fellow in 1980-81, and the Institute of United States Studies to form the new Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA). In 2008, Professor Dunkerley was made an Honorary Research Fellow of ISA and remains a much valued colleague.

Professor Dunkerley’s interest in Latin American studies began as a modern history undergraduate at the University of York. After completing an MPhil and DPhil in Latin American studies at the University of Oxford, he became a Research Fellow at the Institutes of Latin American Studies at the University of London and the University of Liverpool. In addition, he has held research and teaching positions at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies at the University of Notre Dame, and Queen Mary, University of London.

Professor Dunkerley has written widely on Latin American studies and he has served as an editor to several journals and series, including Cambridge History of Latin America, Journal of Latin American Studies and British Documents on Foreign Affairs, Latin America. His books include The Long War: Dictatorship and Revolution in El Salvador (1982); Rebellion in the Veins: Political Struggle in Bolivia, 1952-1982 (1984); Power in the Isthmus: A Political History of Modern Central America (1988); Political Suicide in Latin America (1992); The United States and Latin America: The New Agenda (1999); Americana: The Americans in the World, 1845-55 (2000); and Bolivia: Revolution and the Power of History in the Present (2007).

The Dean and Chief Executive of the School, Professor Roger Kain, was delighted to hear the news: "This signal recognition of James Dunkerley’s contribution to Latin American studies is richly deserved and brings great pleasure to all of us in the School of Advanced Study”.

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The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) was founded in 2004 through the merger of the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Institute of United States Studies, both of which were established in 1965. ISA promotes, coordinates and provides a focus for research and postgraduate teaching in history and the social sciences on the Americas – Canada, the US, Latin America and the Caribbean – and plays a national and international role as a coordinating and information centre for all parts of the hemisphere at the postgraduate level in the universities in the UK.

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