Research Interests within the Department

Dr. Julia Banwell

  • Photography, identity and memory (especially in relation to the Mexican Revolution)
  •  The relationship between artists and the state, artists' reactions to historical, political, social circumstances
  •  Visual depictions and representations of death: Mexican contemporary artist Teresa Margolles
  •  The visual reporting of death and injury in sports

Dr Rhian Davies

  • 19th/ early 20th-century Spanish culture/ literature/ history (including the press and the novels of Benito Pérez Galdós)
  • The application of information technology to texts

Dr Louise Johnson

  • Catalan studies, especially modern Catalan literature, culture and cultural studies;
  • Peninsular sporting culture of the C20th, and in particular the 1930s

Dr. Paul O'Neill

  • Hispanic Linguistics (Spanish, Catalan, Portuguese, Asturian, Aragonese), especially Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Dialectology and History of the Language.
  • Theoretical Linguistics (Phonology, Morphology and Historical Linguistics)

Dr. Hayley Rabanal

  • 20th and 21st century Spanish literature, culture and cultural studies, especially post-1975;
  • The Spanish transition to democracy, historical memory, multiculturalism.

Dr Carmen Ramos Villar

  • Portuguese literature and society, especially the Portuguese migrant in the United States and Canada and Portuguese identity

Dr Lauren Rea

  • Argentina

Professor Philip Swanson

  • Latin American literature, especially fiction of the Boom and Post-Boom
  • Representations of Latin America
  • Hispanic film

Dr Pete Watt

  • Contemporary Mexico, US/Latin American relations, human rights, new social movements, cinema and media in Latin America.

Prof David Wood

  • Modern Latin American literature - especially Peruvian (Bryce Echenique) - and society
  • Popular culture in Latin America
  • Sport in Latin America; representations of sport in literature and film