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Daniel Mandur Thomaz is a historian and cultural studies scholar with interests spanning literature, history, the media and popular culture in Latin America and the Iberian Peninsula, with an emphasis on Brazil.

Daniel joined the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at King’s College London in 2019, after researching and teaching at St. Peter’s College, University of Oxford (2015-2019), and at the University of Leiden, Netherlands (2014-2015). He has presented his research outputs in universities and research institutions in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Americas, as well as publishing analyses of current affairs in the Brazilian media.

He has a DPhil (PhD) in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford, and a BA and an MA in History from the University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ).

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Modernity and Modernisms in Latin America 
  • Interconnections between aesthetics and politics 
  • Latin American 19th and 20th century media 
  • Engaged art, political propaganda and authoritarian regimes 
  • Transatlantic networks between Latin American and European intellectuals 

Dr Mandur Thomaz’s current research focuses on entertainment programmes and anti-fascist propaganda broadcast in Portuguese and Spanish by the BBC Latin American Service during the Second World War. This research project is based on a body of hitherto unknown documents found at the BBC Archives in 2014.  


Daniel teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules on modern literature, visual arts and cinema from the Portuguese-speaking world. 

Expertise and public engagement 

A selection of interviews, talks and reviews about Dr Mandur Thomaz’s research, as well as articles he published in the Brazilian media, can be found at the links below: 

Selected publications

  • “Ficção em ondas curtas: os rádiodramas inéditos de Antônio Callado na BBC (1943-1947)”. De Oriente a OcidenteEstudos da Associação Internacional de LusitanistasVol. lV. C. Passos Alonso, V. Russo, R. Vecchi, C. Ascenso Andre (eds) (Coimbra: Angelus Novus, 2019) 
  • Antônio CalladoRoteiros de radioteatro durante e depois da Segunda Grande Guerra (1943 a 1947). (Belo Horizonte: Editora Autêntica, 2018). 
  • “Introdução crítica” in Antônio CalladoRoteiros de radioteatro durante e depois da Segunda Grande Guerra (1943 a 1947) Daniel Mandur Thomaz (org) (Belo Horizonte: Editora Autêntica, 2018). 
  • “Stepping onto an Unknown Island: The Forgotten Radio Scripts of Antônio Callado”. Portuguese Studies Review, Vol.23, No.1 (2015), pp.293-321. 
  • “Quando um documento nos descobre: Notas sobre a dimensão aurática da documentação”. Revista Maracann, Vol.12 (June 2015), pp.129-139.