Charles Maurice Pigott

Member since 2023

Occupation: Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at University of Strathclyde

My main goal in academia: to help forge a shared framework for the study, conservation and promotion of cultural, linguistic and ecological diversity.


Charles’ research focuses on literature written today in the languages of the Aztecs, Mayas and Incas, which are still spoken by millions of indigenous people in Latin America. Charles is a Lecturer of Hispanic Studies at University of Strathclyde and Quondam Fellow of Hughes Hall (University of Cambridge). Between 2018 and 2021, he was Associate Professor of Literature at University of the Americas Puebla, Mexico, prior to which he held a three-year Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at University of Cambridge, and a yearlong research fellowship at Autonomous University of Yucatán, Mexico. His monograph, Writing the Land, Writing Humanity: The Maya Literary Renaissance (Routledge, 2020), explored ecological perspectives in contemporary Maya literature from Mexico. His PhD (SOAS, 2013) explored perceptions of cultural identity in Andean folksongs which he documented during a year’s fieldwork in Peru.


  • Critical thinking skill development in education
  • Cross-cultural and international education
  • Culture loss
  • Engaging under-represented audiences
  • Holistic approach
  • International engagement
  • Research translation
  • Social change
  • Societal impact of research
  • Sustainability