Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Professor Peter Lambert

Professor of Latin American Studies, specialising in contemporary Paraguayan politics and history

Peter Lambert

Professor in Spanish and Latin American Studies BA, PhD, FHEA

1 West North 4.25
Email: p.w.lambert@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3272


Consultancy and work outside the University

Peter has worked as a consultant on governance and democracy in Paraguay for various organisations, including Freedom House and USAID. He has lectured internationally on democracy in Paraguay, as well as nationally in institutions such as Chatham House, the FCO, Canning House, and ISA, London.

He also works voluntarily for Bristol Links with Nicaragua, an organisation dedicated to raising money for educational projects in and around Bristol’s twin town Puerto Morazán. He is a trustee of the related charity, Friends of Morazán.


Prior to working at the University of Bath I took my undergraduate degree in American Studies at the University of Birmingham, specialising in Latin American politics and Spanish. After working in Paraguay from 1987-1992 I worked as a lecturer/senior lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at UWE, Bristol. My PhD (1998) was based on a comparative study of democratisation in Chile, Paraguay and Nicaragua, and questioned the mainstream institutional and procedural approach to democratisation, prevalent at the time.

I moved to the University of Bath in 2000 to organise the launch of Spanish and Latin American studies across three undergraduate degree programmes (BSc (Hons) International Management and Modern Languages, BA (Hons) Modern Languages and European Studies, and BA (Hons) Language and Politics) and was responsible for curriculum design, programme development and the subsequent expansion of teaching provision. I have taught Spanish and Latin American history, politics and language across all years of the undergraduate programme, as well as the Masters in Interpreting and Translation.

My research is focused on Paraguayan history and contemporary politics, as well as broader issues of foreign policy, democratisation and national identity.

My key publications include:

  • The Paraguay Reader (Duke UP 2012) co-edited with Andrew Nickson,
  • Latin American Foreign Policies: Between Ideology and Pragmatism (Palgrave 2011, co-edited with Gian Luca Gardini)
  • National Identity and Political Violence in Latin America (Palgrave 2006, co-edited with Will Fowler)
  • The Transition to Democracy in Paraguay (MacMillan 1998, co-edited with Andrew Nickson)

I have undertaken consultancy work on Paraguay for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Freedom House and USAID and was President of the Society for Latin American Studies from 2007-2009.

As Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, I am responsible for developing teaching practice, improving the student learning experience and all issues concerning quality assurance across the Faculty.

In addition to my teaching, I also supervise a number of PhD students in the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies who are undertaking research on Latin American politics.

In 2012 I was awarded the University prize for Leadership in Learning and Teaching.


  • Paraguay – contemporary politics and history
  • Paraguayan foreign policy
  • democratisation in Latin America
  • nationalism and national identity in Paraguay

Current projects

  • Paraguayan foreign policy towards Brazil
  • National identity and nationalism in Paraguay





Lambert, P. and Nickson, A., 2012. The Paraguay Reader:history, culture, politics. Duke University Press.

Gardini, G. L. and Lambert, P., eds., 2011. Latin American Foreign Policies:Between Ideology and Pragmatism. Palgrave Macmillan.

Lambert, P., 2006. Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Latin America. Palgrave Macmillan.


Lambert, P., 2016. The myth of the good neighbour: Paraguay’s uneasy relationship with Brazil. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 35 (1), pp. 34-48.

Lambert, P., 2012. The lightning impeachment of Paraguay's President Lugo. International Relations

Lambert, P., 2011. Review of The Priest of Paraguay:Fernando Lugo and the Making of a Nation. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 30 (1), pp. 100-101.

Lambert, P., 2008. A new era for paraguay. NACLA Report on the Americas, 41, 5--8.

Lambert, P., 2008. Book review of Paraguay and the United States:Distant Allies. Journal of Latin American Studies, 40, pp. 820-821.

Lambert, P., 2008. Review of James Schofield Saeger Francisco Solano López and the Ruination of Paraguay:Honor and Egocentrism. Journal of Latin American Studies, 40 (03), pp. 581-583.

Lambert, P. and Medina, R., 2007. Contested Discourse, Contested Power: Nationalism and the Left in Paraguay. Bulletin of Latin American Research, 26, 339--355.

Lambert, P., 2006. Nationalism and Political Hegemony in Paraguay. Bicentenario, 5, 45--62.

Lambert, P., 2006. Paraguay: L'interminable transizione verso la democracia. Nuestra America, 1, 18--24.

Lambert, P., 2005. Paraguay's Enigmatic President. NACLA Report on the Americas, 38, 10--12.

Nickson, A. and Lambert, P., 2002. State reform and the 'privatized state' in Paraguay. Public Administration and Development, 22, 163--174.


Lambert, P., Iskander, A. and Sarles, M., 2009. Paraguay democracy and governance assessment. Working Paper. Burlington, Vermont: USAID Paraguay.

Conference or Workshop Items

Lambert, P., 2016. History of Paraguay. Routledge, pp. 738-40.

Lambert, P., 2016. Paraguayan National Identity. Oxford University Press. (Oxford Research Encyclopedias)

Lambert, P., 2013. El discurso nacionalista en el Paraguay:Desde lo disidente a lo hegemonico. Asuncion, Paraguay: Editorial Tiempo de Historia, pp. 345-358.

Lambert, P., 2012. National identity, conflict and political violence: experiences in Latin America. Farnham: Ashgate, pp. 281-300.

Lambert, P., 2012. Paraguay. Maryland, U.S.A.: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 487-506.

Lambert, P., 2011. Undermining the new dawn: opposition to Lugo in Paraguay. London: Zed Press, pp. 177-193.

Gardini, G. L. and Lambert, P. W., 2011. Conclusion. New York, U. S. A.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 255-263.

Lambert, P. W., 2011. Dancing between superpowers: pragmatism and the limits of idealism in Paraguayan foreign policy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Gardini, G. L. and Lambert, P. W., 2011. Introduction. New York, U. S. A.: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 1-11.

Lambert, P., 2010. History, Identity and Paraguayidad. James Harrison, pp. 15-22.

Lambert, P., 2007. Paraguay. Maryland, U.S.A.: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 467-488.

Lambert, P., 2006. 'Muero con mi patria!' Myth, Political Violence and the Construction of National Identity in Paraguay. New York: Palgrave, 187--206.

Lambert, P., 2006. Myth, Manipulation and Violence: Relationships between National Identity and Political Violence. New York: Palgrave, 19--36.

Lambert, P., 2006. Paraguay's Enigmatic President. Cambridge, MA: Southend Press, 108--114.

Lambert, P., 2006. ¿Una Ruptura con el Pasado? Los primeros dos años del gobierno de Nicanor Duarte Frutos en el contexto de la transición a la democracia. Asuncion: CADEP, 141--170.

Lambert, P. and , F. H., 2005. Paraguay. New York, U.S.A: Rowman and Littlefield, pp. 399-420.

Lambert, P., 2004. Paraguay in MERCOSUR: Why Bother? Oxford: Peter Lang, 157--179.

This list was generated on Sun Feb 14 07:08:45 2016 GMT.

View more publications »