Dr Anne Luke

Anne Luke

Position: Senior Lecturer in Childhood Studies

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

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Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and Co-ordinator of the Childhood Research Cluster.

Teaching responsibilities

BA and MA Courses in International and global perspectives on childhood, sociology and politics of childhood, research methods, study skills, Postgraduate research supervision.

Research interests

The history and politics of youth and childhood in Latin America; youth culture; youth political participation; identity; Cuban studies; Early Years education; political institutions; social construction of childhood; the family and the home.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Member of the Society of Latin American Studies
  • Associate Member of the Cuba Research Forum
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


  • PhD Youth Culture and the Politics of Youth in Revolutionary Cuba, University of Wolverhampton
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Wolverhampton
  • MA Politics, University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • BA (Hons) History, University College London.

Recent publications

  • Luke, A. (2018) “Youth, migration and identity in Cuba since 1959” in Mabel Ann Brown (ed) International Perspectives on Migration, Population Changes, Education and Youth. Routledge.

  • Luke, A. (2017) Book review Iraida H. López Impossible Returns: Narratives of the Cuban Diaspora. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015. xiv + 294 pp. (Cloth US$ 74.95), NWIG 91-3&4 (2017).

  • Luke, A (2014) “A Culture of Youth: young people, youth organisations and mass participation in Cuba 1959-62” in Mauricio Font and Araceli Tinajero (eds) Handbook of Cuban Literature, History and the Arts. Boulder: Paradigm

  • Luke, A. (2013) "Listening to Los Beatles: Being young in 1960s Cuba” in Anne Gorsuch and Diane Koenker (eds) The Socialist Sixties: Crossing Borders in the Second World. Bloomington: University of Indiana Press

  • Luke, A (2011)  “Creating a Quiet Majority?  Youth and Young People in the Political Culture of the Cuban Revolution” in Par Kumaraswami (ed) Rethinking the Cuban Revolution nationally and regionally: politics, culture and identity. Malden/Oxford: Blackwell/Wiley; Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR) Book Series, pp127-143.


Recent conferences

  • July 2017 “Cuba, Childhood and the International Political Economy in the Anthropocene” Instituto Cubano de Investigación Cultural ‘Juan Marinello’, La Habana 6-7 July 2017 “Cuba en el mundo, el mundo en Cuba”

  • September 2016 “Rebels, Sleeping Beauty and an Imp: reviewing children’s popular culture in revolutionary Cuba through a study of Pionero magazine for children in the 1960s” Cuba Research Forum Conference, Nottingham, UK, 6-8 September 2016

  • May 2016 "“From Rebellion to Rectification: Youth in the Cuban Revolution” .  Youth and Socialism: Transnational Perspectives. University of Zurich, 7-8 May 2016

  • January 2016 "Southern Childhoods and the Cuban Case: reflections on the construction of everyday revolutionary childhoods". Poster presentation, Southern Childhoods Workshop, 19-21st January 2016, Sheffield, UK

  • January 2015 "From Pioneers to Young Communists: constructing childhood in revolutionary Cuba”. American Historical Association Conference “History and Other Disciplines”, New York, USA

  • September 2014 “Education, home life and the child in Cuba: Early Childhood in the Special Period and beyond”. Cuba Research Form Cuba Research Forum Conference, Nottingham, UK

  • April 2012 “¿Aún Somos Jóvenes? A new assessment of 1980s Cuba”.  Society for Latin American Studies Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, UK.  


Additional interests and activities

Doctoral supervision and the doctoral process; modern foreign languages; Latin American culture and history.

International experience

Research field work in Cuba; training of postgraduate students in Madrid; coordination of student placement visit to Milan; participation in international conferences in New York, Illinois, Zurich and Graz; fluent Spanish and proficient Italian and Portuguese.

In the media

BBC Radio Derby discussing the death of Fidel Castro; December 2016

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