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Professor Matthew D Brown

M.A.(Edin.), Ph.D.(Lond.)

  • BS8 1TE


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Research interests

I trained as a historian and work across the fields of languages and cultures. I led many interdisciplinary projects across the arts, humanities and social sciences, and have applied the findings of this research to policy and shaping public opinion. I have travelled from archive-based analysis of the social and global history of early nineteenth-century warfare, to future-focused co-production of historical memory in the 2000s, and from the study of war and culture to sports and society in South America. The central thread to this research has been the place of play in society, and the way in which embodied practices are used to legitimate or resist power.

Bringing Memories in from the Margins is an interdisciplinary investigation of the creative ways in which marginalized communities in Colombia have used arts-based methodologies to resist violence: It is funded by the Newton Fund, AHRC and Colciencias.

The Quipu Project is a transmedia documentary, film and archive about the unconsented sterilizations 1990s Peru


My last book From Frontiers to Football: An Alternative History of Latin America since 1800 (2014) is a general history of Latin America's engagement with the world, which gives equal importance to sport alongside diplomacy, popular culture alongside commerce. I am currently working on a research project on the history of sport in South America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

I welcome enquiries from potential research students across these fields. 


External positions

Editor, Historia y Sociedad

30 Sep 2014 → …

Editor, Bulletin of Latin American Research

1 Apr 201430 Mar 2017

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The Quipu Project

Brown, M. D. & Tucker, K.

1/10/13 → …

Project: Research, Parent

  • Research Output

    Cricket in the Country of Football: Sport and Social and Cultural Exclusion in Nineteenth-Century Brazil

    Andrade de Melo, V. & Brown, M. D., 8 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of the History of Sport.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Translating the Rules of Football in South America, 1863-1914

    Brown, M. D., 15 Dec 2019, In : Estudos Historicos. 32, 68, p. 569 588 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 1 Editorial activity
    • 1 Collaboration

    Building knowledge partnerships to support the Colombian Truth Commission to work towards the inclusion of marginal voices in their activities

    Julia Paulson (Host), , Matthew Brown (Contributor), , Maria Teresa Pinto Ocampo (Contributor), & Alejandra Miller Retrepo (Contributor)

    9 May 201831 Jul 2018

    Activity: Other activity typesCollaboration

    European History Quarterly (Journal)

    Matthew D Brown (Editor)


    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

    Supervised Work

    Capital, Monopoly and Economic Nationalism: A History of British Railways in Colombia, 1902-1930

    Author: Primmer, A., 23 Jan 2019

    Supervisor: Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Decker, R. J. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)


    Volunteers of the Spanish Empire (1855-1898)

    Author: Padilla Angulo, F. J., 25 Sep 2018

    Supervisor: Romero Salvado, P. (Supervisor), Brown, M. (Supervisor) & Kristofer, A. (External person) (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)