Professor Maxine Molyneux

Associate Fellow, US and the Americas Programme


Maxine Molyneux is Emeritus Professor of sociology at UCL London and former director of the Institute of the Americas. She is a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and was awarded a CMG for services to international development and UK Latin American relations.

She has written widely in the fields of international development and human rights and has authored books on Latin America, Ethiopia and South Yemen. Her recent research has been on social protection and  women’s social movements in Latin America. She has served as senior consultant to UN agencies and NGOs, the Canadian IDRC, and UK’s DFID.

Among her books are Women’s Movements in International Perspective; The Hidden Histories of Gender and the State in Latin America; Doing the Rights Thing; Gender Justice, Development and Rights, The Politics of Rights; Gender and the Politics of Rights and Democracy in Latin America; and The Social and Political Potential of Cash Transfers

She has served as the editor of the Palgrave book series Studies of the Americas and UCL’s series Modern Americas.