Deborah is a doctoral researcher in the department of Hispanic Studies, and is a White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities award holder (WRoCAH, AHRC). She read Modern Languages (Spanish, Portuguese and English Linguistics) at the University of Sheffield, before completing a Master of Hispanic Studies by research in Spanish and Portuguese.
Deborah’s research interests include nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish and Portuguese literature, the history of feminism in the Iberian Peninsula, and the historical contexts of the First Republic in Portugal and the Second Spanish Republic, with particular reference to the rights of women. Her doctoral thesis examines women’s writing in early twentieth-century Spain and Portugal, contextualising the works within the socio-political and historical settings.
Deborah has published on the history of feminism in Portugal and the rights of women under the First Republic, and women’s fiction in early twentieth-century Iberia. She contributes to undergraduate teaching in the department, including ‘Introduction to Contemporary Spain’ at level one.