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Dr Matthew Brown

Dr Matthew Brown

Dr Matthew Brown
MA(Edin), PhD(Lond)

Reader in Latin American Studies

Area of research

Latin American history from independence to the present

Office 15 WR
15 Woodland Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1TE
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+44 (0) 117 331 7002


I blog about Latin American Independence, with a particular focus on its international context, at You can find full transcripts and photos of an event I hosted at Canning House, London, on 5 September 2012, which discussed Britain's role in the independence of Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador in the early nineteenth-century.

My collective biography of the men who fought at the Battle of El Santuario, 17 October 1829, has just come out with Palgrave Macmillan: The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela (2012). The table of contents and introduction are available online at

A co-edited (with Dr Gabriel Paquette of Johns Hopkins University) volume Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s is out in January 2013 with the University of Alabama Press (,5542.aspx).

A research database of over 3,000 foreign adventurers who took part in the Wars of Independence in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, (the subject of my book Adventuring through Spanish Colonies) is available to consult online.

I am currently supervising four PhD students: Rupert Medd, working on environmentalism and travel writing in Peru since Independence, Andrés Baeza, researching the cultural history of Chilean-British relations in the independence-era, Stephen Charge, researching the imperial powers' interest in the War of the Pacific, and Bárbara Castillo, working on urban narratives in Santiago de Chile. Alastair Wilson completed his PhD on British merchant networks in the Philippines in the mid-nineteenth century, in 2011.


I teach on the following undergraduate units:

  • HISP 20064 From Frontiers to Football: Nations in Latin America
  • HISP 31030 Contemporary History of Latin America
  • HISP 30064 Colombia: History and Culture since Independence

I coordinate the Masters programme in Latin American History and teach on the following postgraduate units:

  • Critical Questions in Latin American Historiography
  • The End of the Spanish Empire 1770-1898


I arrived at the University of Bristol in 2005 via the University of Edinburgh, University College London, Universidad Pablo de Olavide in Sevilla, Spain, and the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. I worked for a decade on Simón Bolívar and the Independence of South America from colonial rule. I am now moving into the history of sports in South America, looking in particular at the very first football teams to be established.


I teach a broad range of units on Latin American history and supervise Masters and Doctoral researchers on subjects as diverse as Colombian music festivals, naval battles, urban chronicles in Chile, migration and slavery in Venezuela and the history of panela.


  • Latin American History

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