Staff in Hispanic Studies

Dr Elisenda Marcer Cortés

Lecturer in Catalan Studies

A native of Barcelona, I studied Hispanic Philology and completed the doctorate courses in Catalan Philology at the University of Barcelona. I arrived at the University of Birmingham in 2001 where I completed my doctoral thesis entitled ‘Intertextual dynamics in Gabriel Ferrater’s work: the role of English poetry’. I taught all levels of Catalan Language and content ...

Fátima Candé

Portuguese Language Instructor

Fátima Candé joined the Hispanic Studies department in January 2010 as a Language Assistant; she became Language Instructor in September of the same year.

Dr Shelley Godsland

Dr Shelley Godsland

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Head of Education, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Dr Shelley Godsland is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and joined the department in April 2007.  She previously worked at the University of Liverpool, Royal Holloway University of London, and Manchester Metropolitan University where she established and directed the Crime Fictions Research Centre and founded and managed the Crime Fictions Research Series of monographs and edited ...

Dr Nick Griffiths

Dr Nick Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Dr Nicholas Griffiths, Senior Lecturer, was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at Cambridge University and has taught in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Birmingham since September 1991. 

He is the author of The Cross and the Serpent: Religious Repression and Resurgence in Colonial Peru (published in both English and in Spanish) and Sacred ...

Dr Conrad James

Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Conrad James teaches a range of courses on the literature, culture and social history of the Spanish Caribbean and its diasporas. His work focuses mainly on Cuban, Dominican and Dominican-American writers.

Dr Monica Jato

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

I came to the University of Birmingham in September 2007. I previously worked at Michigan State University, The University of New Hampshire and The University of North Texas.

Paloma López Serrapio

Paloma López Serrapio

Galician Language and Culture Teaching Fellow

I came to the University of Birmingham with the aim of promoting the language, literature and culture of Galicia. I feel very fortunate that my work consists of sharing my own culture.

Professor Francis Lough

Professor of Hispanic Studies

My main teaching and research interests are in 20th and 21st century Spanish literature and cinema, although I have also an interest in the works of Jose Saramago, Felisberto Hernandez and the Spanish philosopher María Zambrano. Currently I am working on Spanish Republican Exile and the literature of the Spanish Civil War.

Dr Yolanda Martinez

Spanish Language Tutor
Y2 Language Module Convenor

I have been teaching in the Department of Modern Languages since 2001. I teach a range of courses on Spanish Language at undergraduate level with a focus on EBL activities, Blended Learning, and autonomous learning. I am the module convenor for Y2 language modules.

Dr Robert Oakley

Honorary Research Fellow in Hispanic Studies

I taught Spanish, Portuguese and Luso-Brazilian Language and Literature at the University of Birmingham for 31 years, retiring in 1998.

Dr Patricia Odber de Baubeta

Dr Patricia Odber de Baubeta

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and Director of the Cátedra Gil Vicente

Dr. Patricia Odber de Baubeta is Director of Portuguese Studies and Director of the Cátedra Gil Vicente in the Hispanic Studies section of the Department of Modern Languages.

Ms Ira Ortigosa Pascual

Basque Language Tutor

Since September 2014, I am in charge of the position created at the University of Birmingham and funded by the Etxepare Basque Institute to promote Basque language and culture.

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Birmingham Fellow

Dr. Ryan joined the University of Birmingham in January 2012.

Mr Antonio M. Sánchez

Mr Antonio M. Sánchez

Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

I have been at Birmingham since 2005. I teach Latin American culture, literature and intellectual history as well as Spanish language and translation.

Rosa Sánchez-Riobo

Rosa Sánchez-Riobo

Spanish Language Intructor

Teaching Spanish language for undergraduates has been both a challenge and a pleasure for the past seven years. I sincerely hope to continue doing so for many coming years.

Dr Aengus Ward

Dr Aengus Ward

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

I have been a lecturer in the Department of Modern Languages (Hispanic Studies) since 1994. I teach medieval Spanish literature and Spanish language and linguistics. My research interests lie in the fields of medieval Spanish history and historiography, textual editing, diachronic phonology and syntax.

Dr Jules Whicker

Dr Jules Whicker

Lecturer

I am an enthusiastic teacher and student of Hispanic Literature and Culture and especially that of the Spanish Golden Age, an era that originated many of the most compelling, sophisticated and influential works in Hispanic literature and art. I also have a long-standing interest in translation, having translated (independently and in collaboration) several golden-age comedias, a quantity ...