The Centre for the History of Ibero-America (CHIA) brings together academics, postdoctoral scholars and doctoral students with shared interests in the history of Spain, Portugal and Latin American countries. Their studies range from the medieval period to the present and include explorations of the tenth-century Count of Barcelona, Borrell II (945-93); studies of the Portuguese physician and Dominican friar, Gil de Santarém (d. 1265); the history of slavery and the slave trade in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world; the European experiences and contacts of the Latin American Libertadores before, during and after the independence process; mobility, identity and culture in the post-emancipation Caribbean; the origins of Catalonian nationalism; the eugenics movement in Portugal; the development of the Spanish anarchist movement and the history and memory of the Spanish Civil War.

Members of the Centre have won awards from the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. Postdoctoral fellows have gained funding from the Leverhulme Trust and from the Marie Currie scheme offered by the European Commission. PhD students have also won scholarships from the White Rose Network and from the University of Leeds.

Journals edited by members of the department include the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, Atlantic Studies and European History Quarterly.