Dr Lucy O’Sullivan BA, MA, DPhil

Department of Modern Languages
Lecturer in Modern Languages (Spanish)

Contact details

206, Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Feedback and office hours

Office Hours: (term 1 2019-2020)

  • Monday 14:00-15:00

  • Thursday 13:00-14:00


  • DPhil, Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford
  • MA in Hispanic Studies, University College London
  • BA in Spanish and Italian, Trinity College Dublin


I did my BA in Spanish and Italian at Trinity College Dublin, before going on to complete an MA in Hispanic Studies at University College London and a DPhil in Modern and Medieval Languages at the University of Oxford. Before taking up my post at Birmingham, I held teaching posts at the University of Warwick and the University of Oxford.


I have taught courses relating to Spanish American and Spanish Caribbean literature, history and culture. I also have experience teaching Spanish language and translation.

Postgraduate supervision

I would be delighted to supervise students on topics relating to nineteenth and twentieth century Mexican intellectual life and literary and visual culture. I would also welcome enquiries from students interested in researching representations of the body in Spanish American literature and/or visual art and visual propaganda produced in Mexico or Spanish America more broadly during the twentieth century.

Find out more - our PhD Hispanic Studies  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research interests lie primarily in Mexican visual and literary culture from the early post-revolution period to the 1950s. I am currently working on a book-length study Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo: Post-Revolutionary Body Politics in Image and Text (1922-1965), which traces shifting intellectual and artistic interpretations of post-revolutionary nationhood in Mexico through a comparative reading of the bodily imagery presented in the murals of Diego Rivera and the fictional and photographic works of Juan Rulfo. My next project will focus on the role of visual propaganda in the ongoing struggle between the post-revolutionary Mexican state and popular catholic movements such as the Cristeros and the Sinarquistas in Mexico between 1920 and 1945. 

Other activities

  • Personal tutor


Chapters in Books

  • “The Politics of the In-Between: The Negotiation of Urban Space in Juan Rulfo’s Photographs of Mexico City” in Creative Spaces: Urban Culture and Marginality in Latin America (London: Institute of Latin American Studies, 2019).

Peer-reviewed Articles

  • "Diego Rivera and Juan O’Gorman: Post-Revolutionary Architectural Anatomies", Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (2019)