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Research interests

I am a historian of Latin America. You can find me on twitter at @mateobrown.

My 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 am proud to be working with Chaka Studio and Dr Karen Tucker on the Quipu Project (http://www.quipu-project.com/) a transmedia documentary about the unconsented sterilizations of hundreds of thousands of Peruvians in the 1990s. The project has been supported by various sources including the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

I occasionally blog at http://bolivariantimes.blogspot.co.uk/.

My collective biography of the men who fought at the Battle of El Santuario, 17 October 1829, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012 as The Struggle for Power in Post-Independence Colombia and Venezuela (2012). The table of contents and introduction are available online at http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=565371.

A co-edited (with Dr Gabriel Paquette of Johns Hopkins University) volume Connections after Colonialism: Europe and Latin America in the 1820s came out in 2013 with the University of Alabama Press (http://www.uapress.ua.edu/product/Connections-after-Colonialism,5542.aspx).

A research database of over 3,000 foreign adventurers who took part in the Wars of Independence in Colombia, Venezuela and Ecuador, (the subject of my book Adventuring through Spanish Colonies) is currently being refurbished and will be republished soon.

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)

  • Non-verbal communication, emotions, and tensions in the co-production of memory: New perspectives from Peru and Colombia

    Wilson Vasquez, G., Pinto Ocampo, M. T., Brown, M. D. & Tucker, K., 15 Jul 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : Emotion, Space and Society.

    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)