Emeritus Professor of Contemporary Spanish Studies in the Department of Government at the London School of Economics

My research interests and expertise focus on 20th century Spanish history, in particular, popular movements of protest during the Franco dictatorship and the transition to democracy, contemporary Spanish politics, including nationalism, the architecture of the Spanish state, the Spanish Right and social and political protest in contemporary Spain. The question of identity and nation is also an important focus, as well as the colonial war in Morocco between 1909 and 1927 and the use of chemical weapons in colonial wars in the interwar years of the 20th century. Another area of expertise is the political career of Fidel Castro, the Cuban Revolution and contemporary Cuban politics, including relations between Cuba and the United States.

I’m on the Scientific Committee of the Museu de Historia de Barcelona planning the new History Museum of Barcelona.

Languages I speak are:  Spanish [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; French [Spoken: Fluent, Written: Fluent]; Italian [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]; Catalan [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Intermediate]

Watch to hear my recent talk on Spain and Spanish History at the Cervantes Institute in their series on Great British Hispanists