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Biography

Dr Anna Isabella Grimaldi is a Tutor in International Development for the DID undergraduate programme, teaching modules on economic history, political science, sociology, political economy, development theory and qualitative research methods.

Anna graduated with a joint International Relations PhD from King's and the University of São Paulo. Her interest in Latin American history, politics and society began during her undergraduate exchange year between Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM).

In 2014, Anna joined the Brazil Institute as an MSc student, where her master's dissertation analysed Brazil's Truth Commission and the function of collective memory. With expertise in Latin American contemporary history, she continues to work with UK-based networks of Latinamericanists to research the presence of Latin American exiles in Europe since the 1960s.

Anna is currently working on two publications based on her doctoral research. More widely, her work contributes to understanding the construction of human rights discourses and practices by actors of the Global South.

Outside of King’s, Anna also teaches on postcolonial politics of resistance, international development, and Mexican history at CityLit, as well as working with the educational outreach charity, The Brilliant Club.

Anna has also been Assistant Editor at Brasiliana – Journal for Brazilian Studies, and acted as a member and chair of the University College London Americas Research Network.

Research

  • Human rights
  • Social movements
  • Transitional justice
  • Collective memory
  • Latin America (arts, culture and media)
  • Interdisciplinarity

Anna recently completed a PhD on the topic of Brazilians' intellectual contributions to the transnational human rights movement during the 1960s-1980s. Drawing on Latin American theories of oppression and theologies of liberation, her work demonstrated how solidarity-based interactions between Brazilians and Western Europeans generated new discourses that contributed to the emergence of the third generation of human rights.

Anna's more current projects build on her doctoral research to investigate artistic spaces of transnational solidarity for Latin America during the 1970s and 1980s in Western Europe. Further to this, she is also preparing a large-scale project to map European media coverage of human rights in Latin America from 1970 to 2010.

Teaching

Undergraduate

Further details

See Anna's research profile