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Research interests

William is a founding editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies: Travesia and remains on its advisory board.

He has taught at the Universities of Lambayeque (Peru), Liverpool, Kings College London, where he was given a personal Chair in Latin American Cultural Studies, San Marcos (Peru), Universidad Católica (Peru), Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico) and Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and holds an Honorary Doctorate at the Catholic University of Peru.

He has carried out ethnographic research on Peruvian song and Shamanic discourse, and has held a British Academy Research Readership. He is a specialist in 20c poetry and poetics in Latin America, the USA and Britain, and has published widely, read and broadcast translations of Latin American poetry.