Mercedes Osuna Vergara

Mercedes Osuna Vergara

Research Interest

I graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) in 2023 with First-class honors in International Relations and History. While at LSE, I took courses on various topics including international relations theory, international organizations, visual international politics, and Cold War history. Outside my studies, I was involved in organizing and curating a primary source exhibit in Central London about 1970s Latin American social movements, as well as working as a freelance translator part-time, and co-editing a student-led academic journal on European studies.

My undergraduate dissertation focused on Salvador Allende’s foreign policy towards the Third World (1970-73). This study aimed to identify the processes that directed South-South relations, in order to assert their autonomy within the Cold War order. At a more basic level, my research was also born out of my desire to understand the forces that influenced the Third World during the second half of the 20th century, and its consequences for contemporary international politics.

During my time at Columbia and LSE, I hope to dive deeper into the Third World as a political project and a shared identity and how it functioned during the Cold War, with a particular focus on inter- and trans-national cooperation between nations and world regions that subscribed to the Third World concept and its institutions.

In my spare time I can be found reading, watching films, going on walks, and playing the cello.