My research interests lie primarily in Mexican visual culture. My current book project explores the role of images (including photographs, prayer cards, prints, murals and film footage) during a period of religious conflict in Mexico spanning from the Cristero War (1926-1929) and the so-called "segunda Cristiada" to the rise of the far-right Catholic Sinarquista movement in the late 1930s. I am primarily interested in the ways that images are used to narrativise violence and mobilise actors in conflict situations.
My first book Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo: Post-revolutionary Body Politics (1922-1965) comparatively examined contrasting representations of the body in the visual and literary works of Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo to trace evolving intellectual and artistic interpretations of post-revolutionary nationhood in Mexico from the euphoria of the 1920s to the phase of intellectual disenchantment beginning at mid-century. It analyses canonical as well as previously overlooked essays, murals, illustrations, photographs, films and literary texts against a historical backdrop constructed from print media, correspondence and previously unexamined archival materials to provide a multimedia history of Mexico’s shifting post-revolutionary cultural, political and intellectual landscapes during these decades of societal transformation.
Research networks and organisations: Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland (AHGBI), Latin American Studies Association (LASA), Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS), Association for Latin American Art (ALAA), UK Latin American Historians Network (UKLAH), Historians of Catholic Mexico (HISTCATMEX).