Portrait of Dr Rebecca Ogden

Dr Rebecca Ogden

Lecturer in Latin American Studies
Admissions Officer, Modern Languages

About

Dr Rebecca Ogden is lecturer in Latin American studies, with a particular interest in Mexico and Cuba. 

Rebecca's research has tended to examine how social - often affective and intimate - dynamics are represented through, and regulated by, cultural texts. Her current British Academy/Leverhulme funded project focuses on the representation of the politics of childbirth and midwifery in contemporary Mexican cultural production. Rebecca currently coordinates a podcast about the cultural politics of reproduction in Latin America, called Cuerpa Politica

Another research interest concerns the negotiation of culture, identity and affect in the contexts of tourism and nation branding. She is the co-editor of Branding Latin America: Strategies, Aims, Resistance (2018). Before joining the University of Kent in September 2017, Rebecca completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Manchester, on the dynamics of affect in contemporary Cuban tourism. 

In 2020, Rebecca was responsible for the establishment of the University's Languages Mentoring Scheme, in her role as Admissions Officer.

Office hour appointments can be booked online. 

Research interests

Rebecca's research interests include:

  • Reproductive health, justice and politics in Latin American culture, especially representations of childbirth, pregnancy and midwifery.
  • The intersection of market forces and articulations of national identity, especially in the contexts of tourism and nation branding.
  • Affective labour.
  • Digital, popular and visual culture
  • Mexico, Cuba and the Caribbean in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Teaching

Rebecca teaches Latin American culture, politics and history in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

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