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Charles Beach

Dr Charles Beach

Lecturer in Social Anthropology


I started my anthropology career as an undergrad at the University of Kent, Canterbury where I graduated with a BA in Social Anthropology.

After spending a few years working and traveling, I trained as a TEFL teacher and taught English at a state vocational college in Colombia where I became fascinated in the borderlands of Colombia and Venezuela and decided to return to university to do a Research Masters and then a PhD about gasoline smuggling and the social movements that surround it.

I completed my PhD in Social Anthropology at UCL in the autumn of 2023 during which time I was a tutor on the anthropology departments’ flagship module ‘Introduction to social Anthropology’ module, and a seminar leader on the Institute of the Americas’ Introduction to Latin American History and Politics’.

Research interests

  • Colombia, Venezuela and their borderlands
  • Social movements
  • Trade unionism
  • Cross border commerce and Illicit economies
  • Folklore, religion, and grass roots politics
  • Political theology of Catholic republics  


States and Citizens in Political Anthropology