Dr Eline van Ommen

Dr Eline van Ommen

PhD Alumna

Department of International History

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Key Expertise
Latin America, Western Europe, Cold War, Nicaraguan Revolution

About me

Dr Eline van Ommen is a PhD alumna. She holds BA in History from the University of Groningen and a MSc Empires, Colonialism, and Globalisation (with Distinction) from the LSE. Dr van Ommen works on the international history of the Nicaraguan Revolution (1977-1990). Her PhD project, "Sandinistas Go Global: Nicaragua and Western Europe, 1977-1990", drew on a wide range of sources, including official state documents and the archives of transnational networks from Nicaragua, Western Europe, and the United States.

Dr van Ommen was awarded the Michael Dockrill Memorial Thesis Prize for 2021.

Expertise Details

Latin America; Western Europe; Cold War; transnational history; solidarity; Nicaraguan Revolution


• "Isolating Nicaragua’s Somoza: Sandinista Diplomacy in Western Europe, 1977-1979", Latin America and the Global Cold War edited by Thomas C. Field Jr., Stella Krepp, Vanni Pettinà (UNC Press) (2020)

Book Review: Heather Vrana (ed.), Anti-Colonial Texts from Central American Student Movements, 1929–1983, Journal of Latin American Studies, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp. 207-209 (2019)

Article Review: "Gerardo Sánchez Nateras: 'The Sandinista Revolution and the Limits of the Cold War in Latin America: The Dilemma of Non-intervention During the Nicaraguan Crisis, 1977-78;", H-Diplo, no. 819,  4 January (2019)

Book Review: David Close, Nicaragua: Navigating the Politics of Democracy, Journal of Latin American Studies, Volume 49, Issue 4, pp. 990-991 (2017)

Daniel Ortega’s latest election win in Nicaragua is rooted in his traumatic defeat three decade ago, LSE Blog (2017)

The Sandinista Revolution in the Netherlands: The Dutch Solidarity Committees and Nicaragua (1977-1990), Naveg@merica (2016)

Conference Papers

  • ‘Solidaridad holandesa con Sandinista Nicaragua en los años setenta y ochenta’, University of Barcelona, November 2015
  • ‘Dutch solidarity, Sandinista Nicaragua, and the Global Cold War, ca. 1981-1983’, Brussels, May 2016
  • ‘Diplomacy, Solidarity, and the Cold War: Nicaraguan and Western European relations, 1981-1982’, Rio de Janeiro, October 2016
  • ‘Isolating Somoza in the International Arena, Sandinista diplomacy in Western Europe, 1977-1979’, UCSB/GWU/LSE International Graduate Student Conference on the Cold War, Santa Barbara, April 2017
  • ‘Nicaragua and Western Europe: Diplomacy, Solidarity, and the global Cold War’, Wuppertal, July 2017

Awards and scholarships