Dr. Anna Grimaldi

Dr. Anna Grimaldi


I joined the POLIS team in June 2022 as a Lecturer in Politics and International Relations.

Prior to this, I held lecturing positions in History and International Development at King’s College London. I received my joint PhD in Global Affairs from the University of São Paulo and King’s College London.

With a background in languages, cultural studies, history, and international relations my research, publications, and teaching draws on a range of disciplines and methods.

I am an Editor at Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies, Treasurer of ABRE (Associação de Brasilianistas na Europa), and member of the Radical Americas. I am an affiliate of King’s Brazil Institute and a member of the King’s Observatorium on Democracy in Latin America (KODLA).

Research interests

My research looks at the formation of transnational networks of solidarity with the Global South. I am particularly interested in how Latin America, including Brazil, contributed to this phenomenon during the latter half of the 20th century through exile solidarity and human rights advocacy.

Based on my doctoral research in this area, I am publishing a book titled Brazil and the Transnational Human Rights Movement 1964-1985, due in October 2022, which looks at how Brazilian concepts, ideas, and practices shaped the global human rights movement of the 1970s. I have also published on the related topics of liberation theology, pedagogy of the oppressed, and indigenous rights, see below publications. 

I am also interested in the concept of Tricontinentalism, in particular its manifestation in current-day visual, embodied, and cultural artefacts of the Global South. To these ends, I am co-producing a special issue of Bandung: Journal of the Global Southas part of a broader collaborative project titled Remembering a Tricontinental Past

I draw significant inspiration from Brazilian educator and philosopher, Paulo Freire, to develop liberatonist and decolonial pedagogical practices that guide both my research and teaching. 

In 2016, I co-founded Thinking Inside the Box, which held its first student-led exhibition in 2022. The project brings together students and local communities to connect with archival collections from around the globe – particularly posters and political pamphlets dealing with social justice and human rights struggles. I also teach with the Brilliant Club, a widening participation programme, and CityLit, a further education charity.

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  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • PhD Global Affairs (King's College London KBI/University of São Paulo IRI)
  • MSc in Brazilian Studies (King's College London Brazil Institute)
  • BA in Spanish, Portuguese, and Latin American Studies (King's College London)

Professional memberships

  • Society of Latin American Studies (SLAS)
  • Association of Brazilianists in Europe (ABRE)
  • Radical Americas