Olivia joined Liverpool John Moores University as Lecturer in History in September 2016. An historian of modern Latin America, her research focuses principally on Bolivia. Her particular areas of interest include revolutionary politics and society during the early Cold War, British and US relations with the region, interactions between business and government, and the history of commodities.
In 2018, Olivia took on the role of Teaching & Learning Coordinator for the School of Humanities and Social Science. She is Admissions Tutor for the History Programme, as well as the coordinator of the student peer mentoring scheme.
Olivia is module leader for 'A History of Modern Latin America' (L5), 'Research Paper' (L5), and 'Exploring History' (L4). She also teaches extensively on 'Debates in History' (L5), and 'Lion Rampant, Lion Tamed' (L4), as well as on the MRes in History (L7).
Prior to LJMU, Olivia worked at institutions across Wales, including the University of South Wales, its partner institution, Coleg y Cymoedd, and Swansea University, where she taught widely on Latin American history, European history, historical skills and methodologies. She also worked as a researcher at USW on a Leverhulme Trust-funded International Network scheme, 'A World of Copper: Globalising the Industrial Revolution, 1830-1870', which brought together a range of academic and heritage professionals from across the world. Olivia was awarded her AHRC-funded PhD from the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London, having received an MA from the same institution, and a BA from Trinity College, Dublin.
Olivia's professional experience extends to roles in the education sector more broadly. She has a particular interest in student development, having worked across the student life-cycle in youth mentoring, widening access and participation, and careers advice and guidance.
Olivia is a long-standing member of the Anglo-Bolivian Society, which encourages social, cultural and commercial relations between Bolivia and the United Kingdom, and serves on the society's Executive Council.
University of London, United Kingdom, PhD
University of London, United Kingdom, MA
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, BA
Saunders OR. 2016. Preserving the Status Quo: Britain, the United States, and Bolivian Tin, 1946-1956 The International History Review, 38 :551-572 >DOI
Evans C, Saunders OR. 2015. A world of copper: globalizing the Industrial Revolution, 1830–70 Journal of Global History, 10 :3-26 >DOI
Saunders OR, Evans C. El Mundo del Cobre en el siglo XIX: Una introducción Revista de Historia Social y de las Mentalidades, 21 :9-26
Engagement & Impact
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Membership of professional bodies:
Executive Council, Anglo-Bolivian Society
Member, Society of Latin American Studies
Member, Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations
Member, Association of Business Historians