Staff in Hispanic Studies

Dr Jennifer Arnold

Research Fellow

I am currently working as Research Fellow on the project ‘Inner and Outer Exile in Fascist Germany and Spain’. My main research interests are the theory and practice of literary translation, the reception of translated fiction, particularly Spanish and Catalan, in the UK market with a focus on reader responses, and the perception of national and cultural identity through translation.

Dr Alice Corr

Dr Alice Corr

Lecturer in Modern Languages

I am a Lecturer in Modern Languages specialising in the linguistics (especially morphosyntax) and dialectology of the Ibero-Romance language family (Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and other lesser-known languages such as Asturian, Aragonese, Aranese, Ladino/Judaeo-Spanish, Leonese, Mirandese and Mozarabic). Before coming to Birmingham in 2017, I was a Research Fellow at Pembroke College, ...

Dr Cristina Fernández Recasens

Dr Cristina Fernández Recasens

Catalan Language and Culture Teaching Fellow

I joined the University of Birmingham in September 2017 as a Catalan Language and Culture Teaching Fellow and I completed my PhD in the University of Girona in January 2020 on the topic of the possibilities of the use of body movement for the teaching and learning of poetry.

My principal research interest is the use of the body across a variety of contexts including education and political ...

Dr Mariana González Boluda

Dr Mariana González Boluda

Teaching Fellow in Spanish

I have been teaching languages for more than 20 years in different countries (France, Jamaica and the USA). I am very interested in online language learning. My research centers on the use of new technologies (especially social networks) as tools to foster autonomous learning and student motivation in foreign language learning.

Dr Monica Jato

Reader 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.

Professor Francis Lough

Professor Francis Lough

Professor of Hispanic Studies

My main teaching and research interests are in 20th and 21th 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 the literature of the Spanish Civil War, including graphic novels. 

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 modules ...

Dr Margarida McMurry

Teaching Fellow in Portuguese

I am an enthusiastic teacher of Portuguese language. My research interests are varied. I especially enjoy researching and understanding how the co-constructive process of writing and reading work and how authors and readers communicate with each other.

Dr Luis Medina Cordova

Dr Luis Medina Cordova

Lecturer in Modern Languages (Spanish)

Luis A. Medina Cordova is an Ecuadorian researcher with a professional background in journalism. He specialises in the study of contemporary Ecuadorian and Latin American writing. After being awarded a PhD in Latin American Studies by King's College London in 2020, he has held teaching positions at King's College London and the University of Manchester. In 2021, he won the Association of ...

Dr Anna Milsom

Lecturer in Modern Languages

I teach Spanish language and translation, drawing on my practice as a literary translator and my background in visual arts. I am interested in creativity in translation, co-translation and the ways that art, translation and text-making can interact.

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 Gisele Tyba Mayrink Orgado

Dr Gisele Tyba Mayrink Orgado

Brazilian Leitora – Teaching Fellow in Portuguese Studies

I am a Brazilian Leitorain the service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil (MRE), teaching Portuguese language, Brazilian Literature and Culture at the Department of Modern Languages. I enjoy eliciting textual interpretation, critical thinking and language skills, using different textual genres and media, especially audiovisual. My research focuses on the intersection of language, ...

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Birmingham Fellow

Dr Lorraine Ryan is an award-winning international researcher in the fields of Spanish literature, memory studies, and gender. She has been a visiting fellow to the IMLR (Institute of Modern Languages Research Institute) in the University of London (2014-2015),  and the Georg Eckert Institute for School Textbook Research in Leipzig (2015-16). Dr. Ryan has published extensively on ...

Mr Antonio M. Sánchez

Mr Antonio M. Sánchez

Senior Teaching Fellow in Hispanic 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 Instructor

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 Emanuelle Santos

Dr Emanuelle Santos

Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages

I am a Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages at the Department of Modern Languages, where I also coordinate the Portuguese Studies programme and the Instituto Camões’ Cátedra Gil Vicente. 

My research focuses on the intersections between the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world, postcolonial studies, and theories of world literature, drawing attention to the ...

Dr Norma Schifano

Dr Norma Schifano

Lecturer

I am a Lecturer in Modern Languages specialising in the comparative morphosyntax of Spanish and the Romance languages, with a particular focus on the documentation of non-standard and endangered varieties (including Italo-Greek), phenomena of language contact and microvariation.

Professor Aengus Ward

Professor in Medieval Iberian Studies
Head of the Department of Modern Languages

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.

My research project the Estoria de Espanna Digital (estoria.bham.ac.uk) is the first major ...

Dr Jules Whicker

Senior Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies

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 of ...