Barbara Grut

Barbara Grut


With a background in both Social and Political Theory (SPT) and Iberian and Latin American Cultural Studies (ILACS), I have chosen to combine these two areas of academic interest through my research at the University of Leeds, which is co-supervised by the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) and the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies (SLCS).

Research interests

I am particularly interested in the concept of charismatic leadership (Weber) and the re-enchantment of politics (Canovan / Zúquete) proposed by contemporary left populism (Laclau / Mouffe). My research focuses on the discursive construction of what I consider to be the “missionary politics” of Mexico’s 65th President, Andrés Manuel López Obrador.


  • MSc Social and Political Theory - University of London (Birkbeck), 2018
  • MA Iberian and Latin American Cultural Studies - University of London (Birkbeck), 2011
  • BSc (Hons) Psychology - The Open University, 2006
  • BA (Hons) Languages (Interpreting and Translating) - Heriot-Watt University, 1989