If you made any changes in Pure these will be visible here soon.

Personal profile

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: http://www.bristol.ac.uk/policybristol/policy-briefings/the-memories-of-marginalised-communities-need-to-be-part-of-peacebuilding-and-transitional-justice-in-colombia/. It is funded by the Newton Fund, AHRC and the Ministerio de Cultura.

The Quipu Project is a transmedia documentary, film and archive about the unconsented sterilizations 1990s Peru https://ahrc-blog.com/2020/05/28/ending-the-silence-the-quipu-project/.


My most recent book was 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


Dive into the research topics where Matthew D Brown is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • 1 Similar Profiles


Recent external collaboration on country/territory level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots or