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Professor Linda Newson

Professor Linda Newson

Linda NewsonEmeritus Professor


Tel:  +44 (0)20 7848 2364 

Department of Geography 
King's College London  
Strand Campus 



Research Interests

  • Demographic change in Latin America and the Philippines during the Spanish colonial period 
  • The impact of colonial rule on indigenous societies 
  • Portuguese slave trade to Spanish America 
  • The history of medicine in early colonial Spanish America


Linda Newson obtained her BA and PhD from the Department of Geography at UCL. Since then she has been a Lecturer, Reader and Professor at King’s College London. She has taught briefly in Geography Departments at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Cambridge, and has twice held a Fellowship at the Newberry Library, Chicago. 

She is the author of six monographs and has published extensively in both English and Spanish. In 1992 she received the Carl O. Sauer Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the Conference of Latin Americanist Geographers, USA, and in 1993 the Back Award from the Royal Geographical Society for her contributions to the historical geography of Latin America. 

In 2000 she was elected Fellow of the British Academy and in 2001 Fellow of King’s College London. She has held senior administrative positions within the College, including the Head of the School of Humanities from 1997-2000. She served on the Council of the British Academy from 2007-2010 and is currently on its International Policy Committee. She also chairs its Latin American and Caribbean Panel. She is a Strategic Reviewer for the AHRC and serves on the Peer Review College. She is also a member of the Advisory Panel on the Endangered Archives Programme, sponsored by Arcadia, at the British Library. 

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