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Dr Cecilia McCallum

Professorial Fellow in Amerindian Studies


Dr Jonathan Alderman is a social anthropologist and translator with a Ph.D in Social Anthropology from the University of St Andrews, MA in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London and BA in Philosophy from the University of Essex. He is Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Amerindian, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, University of St Andrews and Associate Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. Jonathan’s doctoral thesis, ‘The Path to Ethnogenesis and Autonomy: Kallawaya-consciousness in Plurinational Bolivia’ examined Bolivia’s transformation into a plurinational state with autonomies ethnographically through the practical experience of an indigenous nation, the Kallawayas, in decolonising their own social reality through autonomous political practices and constructing an ethno-nationalist identity based on cultural and territorial belonging. He has published on indigenous autonomy, infrastructure, housing and materiality, amongst other topics related to his research in Bolivia.


Nicholas Barnes is a Lecturer at the University of St. Andrews in the School of International Relations and affiliated faculty at the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies and the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence. Nicholas’ research focuses on the topics of organized crime, political violence, non-state governance, and citizen resistance and mobilization in Latin America. He has conducted 3 years of fieldwork in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas and is currently working on a book project (under contract with Cambridge University Press) about how and why gangs govern these communities. He also collaborates with favela artists and activists through visual media projects and exhibits. See more at