William Booth

BA Oxf, MA, PhD Lond
College Lecturer in History

For Prelims I teach:
General History IV (1815-1914)
The British Isles VI (1830-1951)
Optional Subject 14: Haiti and Louisiana
Optional Subject 16: The Rise and Crises of European Socialisms
For Finals I teach:
Further Subject: Modern Mexico 1876-1994
Disciplines of History
European and World History IX (North America, 1763-1898)
European and World History X (Europe, 1830-1914)
European and World History XII (United States since 1863)
European and World History XIII (Europe, 1914-1989)
European and World History XIV (The Global Twentieth Century, 1930-2003)
The British Isles VI (1815-1924)
The British Isles VII (1900 - )

About Me

I studied Modern History and Politics at Oxford as an undergraduate before taking an MA in Latin American Studies at ILAS, University of London. I then worked for a few years at Canning House where our aim was to improve diplomatic, business, cultural and academic links between UK, Spain, Portugal and Latin America. In 2012 I finished my PhD at ISA, University of London; my thesis looked at various Mexican Marxist groups during the early Cold War. Before joining St. Catherine's, I taught history at the Univeristy of Warwick, at UCL and at LSE. I also teach Latin American politics at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (Bologna). I am a founder and convenor of the Radical Americas Network (radicalamericas.org) and an editor of the Radical Americas Journal.

My publications include: "Hegemonic Nationalism, Subordinate Marxism: The Mexican Left, 1945–7," in Journal of Latin American Studies (2017); "Mid-Century Communisms: A Schematic Approach?" in The International Newsletter of Communist Studies, XVIII (2012)


My research is divided into two strands, though at times they are linked. I work primarily on the Latin American lefts during the twentieth century, thinking about factors such as nationalism, factionalism, and authoritarianism. While much of my focus here has been on Marxists in Mexico, I have branched out into other strands of socialism and anarchism across the Americas. I am also interested in other histories that intersect with that of the left, including the histories of the Cold War (especially its definition and timing) and of U.S. foreign policy.

My second research strand examines writers and politics in post-Revolutionary Mexico; I have presented research papers on Langston Hughes, B. Traven and Martín Luis Guzmán. I am also interested in the relationship between radical politics and science fiction.