Marina Perez de Arcos | Student | Profiles
Marina Perez de Arcos

 Marina Perez de Arcos


Academic Profile

I passed the DPhil viva and hold an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Oxford, where I was the British-Spanish Society’s Santander scholar, the Oxford Rothermere American Institute’s Politics scholar – the first Hispanic and non-native English-speaker ever to hold the scholarship – and a European Charterhouse scholar to Sciences Po Paris. I am also the Spanish Studies at Oxford coordinator and teach several IR and History papers to undergraduate and graduate students at Oxford. Additionally, I have worked in the Spanish Presidential Palace on G20 issues and in the French local government. I am fluent in French, Spanish, and English, and can read academic German, Portuguese, and Italian.


My DPhil thesis, Redefining Leadership in International Relations: Spain, the EEC, and NATO (1982-1986), is the first attempt at bringing the newest set of political leadership typologies, including Archie Brown’s latest work, into International Relations scholarship. Usually, mainstream IR theories fail to seriously include individuals and political leaders in their analyses. My thesis sets out to readdress this caveat.

My DPhil thesis is also the first multi-archival study on the EU’s third enlargement and Spain’s 1986 in-out NATO referendum. These were Spain’s main goals in international politics after a nearly four decade-long dictatorship and significant international isolation. The thesis draws on primary and secondary sources in six different languages and heretofore-unseen archival material, including the Mitterrand papers, White House material from the Reagan administration, and newly released British and German files. The thesis also draws on memoirs and interviews conducted with foreign policy decision-makers, including Javier Solana, George Shultz, and Marcelino Oreja.

I read History (First) and Economics and was awarded the highest grade in the History Faculty for my undergraduate thesis on violence reduction and social policy in Medellín, Colombia, where I conducted fieldwork and interviewed senators, congressmen, academics, councilmen, and ex-guerrillas, at age 20. Although my most recent research project focuses on Western Europe and the US during the late Cold War era, I am a regular attendee at the Latin American History seminars held in the Latin American Centre at Oxford and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conference, where I will shortly be presenting a paper on foreign aid and violence reduction in Colombia. 


I am an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy.

I have taught/am willing to teach the following papers:

-       International Relations in the Cold War

-       International Relations in the Era of the Two World Wars.

-       International Relations

-       Politics of the EU

-       Truth and Record: Archival Research (convener: professor Anne Deighton)

I also designed and delivered the only lecture series on the History and Politics of Modern Spain available at Oxford:

Beyond Politics and IR

I co-founded the Oxford Spanish Play (OSP), the first ever drama company to perform in Spanish at Oxford. The OSP is an international, intergenerational and interdisciplinary theatre company established in 2011. I even tried my hand at web designing:



Déjà vu? Britain’s EU referendum and Spain’s 1986 in-out NATO referendum, OxPol, the Oxford University Politics blog

Javier Solana, NATO Secretary General and EU High Representative in: Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations. Forthcoming.

Marcelino Oreja, Council of Europe Secretary General and Spanish Foreign Affairs Minister in: Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations. Forthcoming.

Inés Alberdi, executive director of United Nations Development Fund for Women in: Biographical Dictionary of Secretaries-General of International Organizations. Forthcoming.

‘We are shock-troops in the war of ideas’: Education, intelligence, and cultural diplomacy at the British Institute in Madrid, 1940-1941. Under review.

Working papers:

Reducción de la violencia en Medellín: espacios públicos municipales y cooperación internacional (2001-2009). [Reducing violence in Medellín: municipal spaces and international aid (2001-2009)]

How “remain” won: Spain’s 1986 in-out NATO referendum.