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Teaching and research staff within Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

An alphabetical list of staff profiles can be found below.

Room numbers, email addresses, and telephone extensions can be found in the staff directory.

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Dr Ignacio Aguiló
Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

Research areas: Race in contemporary Latin American culture; popular culture and kitsch; visual culture; popular music; decolonial/post-development theory; cyberanthropology.

Dr David Bailey
Lecturer in Portuguese Cultural Studies

Research areas: Lusophone literatures; the 19th century; queer and postcolonial studies; urban and popular culture.

Ms Adriana Bausells-Espin
Language Tutor in Spanish

Adriana is from Zaragoza, Spain, and holds a BA in English Studies and an MA in Specialised Translation (University of Zaragoza), as well as an MA in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language, Intercultural Education and Educational Sociology (University of Alcalá de Henares).

Areas of expertise: Translation; audiovisual translation (audio description) and foreign language (FL) teaching; FL pragmatics; interculturality in FL teaching.

Dr José Peixoto Coelho de Souza
Language Tutor in Portuguese

José is from Porto Alegre, Brazil, and holds a BA in English and English Language Literatures and a PhD in Applied Linguistics (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil).

Areas of expertise: Language teaching materials development; the use of songs in language teaching; Portuguese as an Additional Language teaching; literomusical literacy.

Dr Francisco A Eissa-Barroso
Lecturer in Latin American History

Research areas: Early Modern Spanish World; Political History; Early Bourbons; Atlantic Lives; Imperial History; Networks; Military Officers; History of Political Thought.

Dr Valentino Gianuzzi
Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

Research areas: César Vallejo; Latin American literary and pictorial avant-gardes; Latin American magazines and print culture; Peruvian literature; literary translation.

Dr Esther Gomez-Sierra
Lecturer in Spanish Studies

Research areas: Literary dialogues of Late Medieval and Renaissance Spain, with a special interest in rhetorical and argumentative analysis; political texts of Early Modern Spain; Spanish Golden Age drama and poetry; Don Quijote; authority in Medieval and Golden Age Spain.

Ms Blanca González-Valencia
Language Tutor in Spanish

Blanca is from Pamplona, Spain, and holds a BA in Humanities and PGCE (University of Navarra), a BA in English Studies (University of Zaragoza) and an MA in Translation Studies (Salford). She is currently doing a PhD at Manchester on dubbing in social realist cinema. 

Areas of expertise: Audiovisual translation; translation and contextualisation in the FL classroom; the adaptation of audiovisual products. 

Ms Alhucema Lara-López
Language Tutor in Spanish

Alhucema is from Jaen, Andalusia, Spain, and holds a BA in Hispanic Philology (University of Granada).

Areas of expertise: Linguistics applied to teaching Spanish as foreign language.

Dr Samuel Llano
Senior Lecturer in Spanish Cultural Studies

Research areas: Urban studies; transnationalism; sound studies; music; cultural history.

Dr Susana Lorenzo-Zamorano
Senior Language Tutor in Spanish (Language Coordinator)

Susana is from Palencia, Spain, and holds a BA in English and Spanish (University of Valladolid) and a PhD in Spanish (Manchester Metropolitan University). 

Areas of interest: theatre studies; pedagogy and methodology with special interest in Language for Specific Purposes (LSP); Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL); mediation and interculturality; Problem-Based Learning (PBL); Education for Sustainable Development (ESD); the use of literature and ICT in language teaching. 

Dr Deborah Madden
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Research areas: Women writers; feminist studies; 20th-century Spain and Portugal; Iberian Studies.

Mr Rubén Manuel-Oronich
Language Tutor in Catalan and Spanish

Rubén is from Lleida, Spain, and holds a BA in English Studies (University of Lleida), a Postgraduate Course on Training of Teachers of Catalan Abroad and an MA in Applied Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (University of Barcelona). 

Areas of expertise: The profile of the L2 Catalan learner and their motivations, and the implications of this choice.

Dr Rubén Peinado-Abarrio
Language Tutor in Spanish

Rubén is from Oviedo, Spain, and holds a BA (2009) and PhD (2013) in English Studies (Universidad de Oviedo).

Areas of expertise: The connections between contemporary narrative fiction from the United States and the Spanish-speaking world; the use of literature in the foreign language classroom.

Ms Eulalia Pereira-Gumbley
Language Tutor in Portuguese

Prof Chris Perriam
Professor of Hispanic Studies

Research areas: Contemporary cinema in Spain, especially in relation to social issues, queer filmmakers and audiences; poetry in Spanish 1980 to the present day; lesbian and gay writing in Spanish and Catalan; LGBT film festivals in Spain and France.

Prof Karl Posso
Professor of Latin American Studies; Deputy Head of the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures

Research areas: Brazilian (and Latin American) art; 20th-century and contemporary Spanish American and Brazilian literature, culture and ethics; critical theory.

Prof Lúcia Sá
Professor in Brazillian Cultural Studies

Research areas: Brazilian literature and culture; the city in Brazil and Spanish America from 19th-century to the present; ethnopoetics and native cultures in Brazil and South American lowlands; racism in the plural: prejudice against native peoples in Brazil.

Dr James Scorer
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

Research areas: Latin American cultural studies; Latin American literature and visual culture; Latin American comics work; urban imaginaries and urban history.

Mr Juan Soler-Salermón
Language Tutor in Spanish

Juan is from Andalusia, Spain, and holds a BA in Translation and Interpreting (University of Málaga) and a PGCE (University of Seville).

Areas of expertise: translation, foreign language teaching and new technologies in teaching.

Dr Carlos Van Tongeren
Lecturer in Spanish Cultural Studies

Research areas: Memory in post-totalitarian cultures; flamenco and memory in post-Franco Spain; intellectual history of melancholy.

Emeritus staff

Prof Hilary Owen
Professor Emerita of Portuguese and Luso-African Studies

Research areas: Portuguese, Mozambican and Brazilian women's writing; feminism, gender studies and postcolonial theory; Lusophone cultural studies.