Dr Helen Yaffe

  • Lecturer (Economic & Social History)

Biography

I joined the University of Glasgow as Lecturer in Economic and Social History in January 2018 after previously teaching in Economic History at the London School of Economics, in History at the University College London and in Development Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. My teaching focuses on Latin American and Cuban development. At the LSE, I taught the history of economics and the political economy of late development. In 2011, I joined the Geography Department at the University of Leicester as a Research Associate to work with Professor Gavin Brown on the Leverhulme-funded project Non-Stop Against Apartheid: the spaces of transnational solidarity. The project examined the history and geography of the Non-Stop Picket maintained between 1986 and 1990 by the City of London Anti-Apartheid Group outside the South African Embassy in Trafalgar Square opposing apartheid and calling for the release of Nelson Mandela.  Our book, Youth Activism and Solidarity: The Non-stop Picket Against Apartheid, was published in 2017.

 

Since 1995 (as a teenager), I have spent time living and researching in Cuba. My doctoral thesis, undertaken at the LSE, was adapted for publication as Che Guevara: The Economics of Revolution by Palgrave Macmillan in 2009. I have continued to research and publish on Cuban development. My new book We Are Cuba! How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World, is due for publication by Yale University Press in February 2020.

Research interests

  • Cuban development (including developments in medical science/biotechnology, energy and ecology, sustainable development, education, science and technology)
  • Economic history of Cuba
  • Latin American development
  • Latin American regionalism
  • Socialist political economy

Publications

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Number of items: 8.

2019

Yaffe, H. (2019) The curious case of Cuba's biotech revolution. In: Inkster, I. (ed.) History of Technology Volume 34. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350085596 (In Press)

Yaffe, H. (2019) We Are Cuba!: How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300230031 (In Press)

2018

Yaffe, H. (2018) Venezuela, ALBA, and the communal economic system. In: Cusak, A. K. (ed.) Understanding ALBA: Progress, Problems, and Prospects of Alternative Regionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean. Institute of Latin American Studies: London. ISBN 9781908857224

Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2018) Youth Activism and Solidarity: The Non-stop Picket Against Apartheid. Series: Routledge spaces of childhood and youth series. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9781138828865

2017

Domínguez López, E. and Yaffe, H. (2017) The deep, historical roots of Cuban anti imperialism. Third World Quarterly, 38(11), pp. 2517-2535. (doi: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1374171)

2015

Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2015) Young people's engagement with the geopolitics of anti-apartheid solidarity in 1980s' London. In: Benwell, M. C. and Hopkins, P. (eds.) Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics. Series: Critical geopolitics. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey, pp. 155-168. ISBN 9781472444936

Yaffe, H. (2015) Venezuela: building a socialist communal economy? International Critical Thought, 5(1), pp. 23-41. (doi: 10.1080/21598282.2014.996178)

2014

Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2014) Practices of solidarity: opposing Apartheid in the Centre of London. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 46(1), pp. 34-52. (doi: 10.1111/anti.12037)

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Number of items: 8.

Articles

Domínguez López, E. and Yaffe, H. (2017) The deep, historical roots of Cuban anti imperialism. Third World Quarterly, 38(11), pp. 2517-2535. (doi: 10.1080/01436597.2017.1374171)

Yaffe, H. (2015) Venezuela: building a socialist communal economy? International Critical Thought, 5(1), pp. 23-41. (doi: 10.1080/21598282.2014.996178)

Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2014) Practices of solidarity: opposing Apartheid in the Centre of London. Antipode: A Radical Journal of Geography, 46(1), pp. 34-52. (doi: 10.1111/anti.12037)

Books

Yaffe, H. (2019) We Are Cuba!: How a Revolutionary People Have Survived in a Post-Soviet World. Yale University Press. ISBN 9780300230031 (In Press)

Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2018) Youth Activism and Solidarity: The Non-stop Picket Against Apartheid. Series: Routledge spaces of childhood and youth series. Routledge: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY. ISBN 9781138828865

Book Sections

Yaffe, H. (2019) The curious case of Cuba's biotech revolution. In: Inkster, I. (ed.) History of Technology Volume 34. Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350085596 (In Press)

Yaffe, H. (2018) Venezuela, ALBA, and the communal economic system. In: Cusak, A. K. (ed.) Understanding ALBA: Progress, Problems, and Prospects of Alternative Regionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean. Institute of Latin American Studies: London. ISBN 9781908857224

Brown, G. and Yaffe, H. (2015) Young people's engagement with the geopolitics of anti-apartheid solidarity in 1980s' London. In: Benwell, M. C. and Hopkins, P. (eds.) Children, Young People and Critical Geopolitics. Series: Critical geopolitics. Ashgate: Farnham, Surrey, pp. 155-168. ISBN 9781472444936

This list was generated on Mon Aug 10 01:05:00 2020 BST.

Supervision

I am happy to supervise PhDs in the following areas:

  • Cuban History
  • Political economy of development
  • Latin American development
  • Latin American regionalism
  • Socialist political economy

 

Current Supervision:

Jade Saab ‘Violence in Socialist Revolutions and the Centralization of Governance

Teaching

Undergraduate

Level 1

  • Economic & Social History 1A: Towards globalisation, 1750-1914
  • Economic & Social History 1B: Towards globalisation, 1914-2008

Honours

  • Latin America in the 20th Century
  • Cuba: Resilient Revolution

Postgraduate

  • Latin American Development: from independence to the present
  • The Globalised Economy
  • Business in the Global Economy