Radical Americas

An open access academic journal by UCL Press that explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas.


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Radical Americas

Edited by Hilary Francis, Nick Grant and William Booth


About the journal

Radical Americas is an open access, peer-reviewed academic journal that explores the historical, political and social contexts that have underpinned radicalism in the Americas, engaging fully with the cross-currents of activism which connect North, Central and South America along with the Caribbean.

The journal’s definition of radicalism is broad; taking inspiration from the words of José Martí, radicalism is here presented as any action or interpretation which ‘goes to the roots’. All scholarship which takes a radical approach is welcomed, even if it is not concerned with the study of radical activism per se, and any work which provides a truly systemic critique of existing structures of power, or challenges conventional interpretations of the past, will find a home at the Radical Americas Journal.

Despite disciplinary divides, scholarship on all regions of the Americas has recently been characterised by a preoccupation with culture and cultural analysis. This domination has come at the expense of interpretations which favour economic or social factors, though there are some signs that the impact of the global financial crisis has begun to reverse that trend. The position of this journal is that a holistic critique can never truly be achieved by isolating a single variable. For that reason, the journal is particularly interested in work that fully integrates different facets of human experience, including economic, social, political and cultural factors.

The journal welcomes new submissions from early career and established scholars worldwide. The journal will consider work in a number of different formats: in addition to peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of Western Hemisphere radicalism, the journal runs a variety of regular features, including opinion pieces, photo essays, reviews and archival notes.


About the Editors

Hilary Francis is a Fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. She is a historian of Nicaragua and US-Nicaraguan relations. Her current research project, funded by the British Academy and the Eccles Centre at the British Library, explores US officials’ promotion of pesticide use in Nicaragua between 1945 and 1980.

Nick Grant is a Lecturer in American History at the University of East Anglia. His research engages with the fields of African American, diaspora and black international history. His first monograph, ‘We Shall Win Our Freedoms Together’: African Americans and Apartheid, 1945-1960, is forthcoming with the University of North Carolina Press.

William Booth is an historian of Latin America, focusing on Mexico and the left. His is currently working on studies of Langston Hughes' time in Mexico and of the Mexican Marxist left's view of fascism during the early Cold War. His next project is a brief history of the Latin American left between 1945 and 1959.


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Radical Americas is the official publication of the Radical Americas Network



Journal Editorial Board


Dr William Booth, University of Oxford, UK
Dr Hilary Francis, School of Advanced Study, University of London, UK
Dr Nicholas Grant, University of East Anglia, UK


Editorial board members

Prof Omar Acha, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prof Robin Blackburn, Essex University, UK
Prof Jonathan Brown, University of Texas at Austin, USA
Prof Clive Bush, Kings College London (Emeritus), UK
Dr Julia Buxton, University of Bradford, UK
Prof Mike Davis, University of California, Riverside, USA
Prof Michael Denning, Yale University, USA
Dr Kate Dossett, University of Leeds, UK
Dr Paolo Drinot, UCL, UK
Prof James Dunkerley, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Prof John Gladhill, University of Manchester, UK
Prof Francisco Gonzalez, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Prof Van Gosse, Franklin and Marshall College, USA
Prof Greg Grandin, NYU, USA
Dr Daniela Grollova-Spenser, CIESAS, Mexico
Prof Simon Hall, University of Leeds, UK
Prof Andrew Hemingway, UCL, UK
Prof Gilbert Joseph, Yale University, USA
Prof Liam Kennedy, University College Dublin, Ireland
Dr George Lewis, University of Leicester, UK
Prof Maxine Molyneux, UCL, UK
Prof Jose Moya, Columbia University, USA
Prof Christopher Phelps, University of Nottingham, UK
Dr Kate Quinn, UCL, UK
Prof Andrew Ross, NYU, USA
Prof Doug Rossinow, Metropolitan State University, USA
Prof Bill Schwartz, Queen Mary University of London, USA
Prof Stephen Shapiro, University of Warwick, UK
Ms Camika Vallejo, Chilean Chamber of Deputies, UK
Prof Alan Wald, University of Michigan, USA
Prof Micahel Zeuske, University of Cologne, Germany
Prof Eric Zolov, Stony Brook University (SUNY), USA




All submissions to the journal should be made via the journals submission system, at

Manuscripts should be formatted according to submission guidelines. Submission enquiries should be sent to the Editors by email to Manuscripts that are not formatted appropriately for the journal will be referred to edit accordingly before peer review. The journal runs a continuous publication model – articles are published in the journal as and when they are ready.

The journal operates double blind peer review, where both the reviewers and authors are anonymised during review. Authors should submit the manuscript as:

  1. The complete manuscript not blinded, as a word file (.doc/.docx, etc.) and;
  2. An anonymous PDF version of the manuscript, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) for peer review (anonymisation includes references to authors, acknowledgements, self references, and any electronic author identification., etc.) Manuscripts may be returned before peer review if manuscripts are not sufficiently blinded.
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Special issues

Revolution and Counterrevolution in Latin America: an Aleatory Dialectic

Guest editors: 

Mr Nicolas Allen, Doctoral candidate in Literature, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Prof Óscar Ariel Cabezas, Department of Philosophy of Culture, Metropolitan University (Santiago de Chile), Chile.

Publication date: 29 June 2020


Radical Periodicals

Guest editors: 

Dr. E. James West, Northumbria University, UK
Dr. Sue Currell, University of Sussex, UK
Dr. Victoria Bazin, Northumbria University, UK

Publication date: 10 October 2018



Radical Americas welcomes proposals from Guest Editors for specific special issues. These special issues are themed and focused publications that fit within the overarching remit of the journal. Proposals are welcome from editors with a specialism in any relevant field.

All general enquiries should be made to the Editors at

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