Professor Linda Newson, Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, has received the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to Latin American Studies.
Professor Newson obtained her BA and PhD from the Department of Geography at University College London. Since then she has been a Lecturer, Reader and Professor at King’s College London. With extensive academic publications in both English and Spanish, Linda was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 2000, where she also serves on its International Policy Committee, as well as having been a Council member between 2007–10. She is a member of the Advisory Panel on the Endangered Archives Programme, sponsored by Arcadia, at the British Library. Professor Newson became director of the Institute of Latin American Studies in 2012. The Institute supports scholarship across a wide range of subject fields in the humanities and cognate social sciences and actively maintains and builds ties with cultural, diplomatic and business organisations with interests in Latin America.
University of London Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Adrian Smith said: "The University has benefitted from both the stellar academic work undertaken by Linda and her work in building the profile of Latin American studies both in the School of Advanced Study and the wider promotion of area studies through the British Academy."