Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies

Dr Penny Miles

Teaching Fellow in Latin American Studies BA, MSc PhD

1 West North 2.26
Tel: 01225 (38) 5481


I joined the University of Bath from the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol. Prior to that I completed an MSc in Latin American Politics at the University of London, and an MSc in Social Science Research Methods and my PhD at Cardiff University, obtaining a Category 1 in the latter. My thesis explored how marginalised LGBTI populations in Chile were able to access the justice system to uphold and/or advance their rights in the late 2000s.

Between 2009 and 2012, I worked as a consultant researcher for the Universidad Diego Portales in Chile, working on sexual orientation and gender identity rights and human rights.

In 2010, I was awarded the Harold Blakemore Prize by the Society of Latin American Studies for a paper based on my PhD thesis.

Having lived for extended periods in both Chile and Portugal, I am fluent in both languages and have worked as an interpreter in both languages as I hold an Institute of Linguistics Diploma in Public Service Interpreting.

I am currently researching compliance in relation to rulings from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and am working on a project based at the University of Bergen and CMI, Bergen on legal mobilisation and sexual rights in Latin America. I am also involved in a project on older transgender people in Wales, acting in an advisory capacity.

Research interests

  • LGBTI Rights in Latin America
  • Legal Mobilisation
  • Judicialisation of Politics in Latin America
  • Human Rights
  • Innovative Research Methods