Dr Lucy O’Sullivan BA, MA, DPhil

Dr Lucy O’Sullivan

Department of Modern Languages
Lecturer in Modern Languages (Spanish)

Contact details

206, Ashley Building
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Feedback and office hours

Please email me to directly arrange a meeting: l.osullivan@bham.ac.uk


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


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, Spanish Caribbean and US Latino history and culture. I have also taught Spanish language and translation.

Postgraduate supervision

I would be happy to supervise students on topics relating to any aspect of nineteenth and twentieth century Mexican intellectual life and literary and visual culture and would particularly welcome comparative and interdisciplinary projects. I would also welcome applicants who are interested in exploring any of the below areas within a Spanish American context:

  • Visual culture (including muralism, photography, painting, posters)
  • The relationship between art and politics
  • Image-text relations and/or intermediality
  • Representations of the body in literature and/or visual art

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. My current research centres on centrality of images to the ongoing struggle between the secular post-revolutionary Mexican state and Catholic rebels during the Cristero War (1926-1929) and the segunda Cristiada of the 1930s. My first book Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo: Post-revolutionary Body Politics (1922-1965) traced shifting intellectual and artistic interpretations of post-revolutionary nationhood in Mexico through a comparative reading of the bodily imagery presented in the works of Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo. Drawing from canonical as well as previously overlooked essays, murals, illustrations, photographs, films and literary texts, this research shed light not only on the significance of body as a critical political signifier in the works of both artists, but also on how the concepts of nation and revolution were conceived, articulated and contested in primarily corporeal terms in the decades following the revolution (1910-1917). 

Other activities

  • Personal tutor



  • Diego Rivera and Juan Rulfo: Post-revolutionary Body Politics (1922-1965) (forthcoming with Legenda)

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)