Following her graduation from the University of London in 1980, Dorothy Calderwood went on to do a Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Trinity and All Saints’ College, Leeds. She taught Spanish and French in secondary schools in the UK, and English as a Foreign Language in the Basque Country, from 1981 to 1993; during this time she also studied for a Master of Arts degree in Hispanic Studies at Birkbeck College, London. In 1994, Dorothy left school teaching to pursue a career at the Open University, where she continues to work as an editor in the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. She also currently tutors on distance learning programmes at the National Extension College, Cambridge and Oxford Open Learning.
Dorothy’s doctoral research is supervised by Dr. Shelley Godsland and focuses on theories of exile, and she is particularly interested in how these theories relate to the work of the Chilean author, Isabel Allende