Professor Victor Bulmer-Thomas CMG OBE

Distinguished Fellow, Director’s Office


Victor Bulmer-Thomas is Honorary Professor at the Institute of the Americas, University College London and Emeritus Professor of Economics at London University.

From 2001 to 2006 he was Director of Chatham House and from 1992 to 1998 he was Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at London University.

Victor edited the Journal of Latin American Studies from 1986 to 1997 and has authored or edited nearly 30 books including The Economic History of Latin America since Independence (3rd edition, 2014), The Economic History of the Caribbean since the Napoleonic Wars (2012) and Empire in Retreat: the Past, Present and Future of the United States (2018). His most recent book is From Slavery to Services: the Struggle for Economic Independence in the Caribbean (2021). He was a non-executive director of the JP Morgan Brazil Investment Trust from 2010 to 2020.

Past experience

2012 - presentHonorary Professor, Institute of the Americas, University College London
2007-10Visiting Professor, Florida International University
2001-06Director, Chatham House
1992-98Director, Institute of Latin American Studies, London University