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About me

I am a Senior Lecturer in Spanish Language and Culture in the School of Humanities and I am Course Leader for the Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French or Spanish) + English (Language, Literature & Linguistics) degrees.

I have worked teaching Spanish language and Hispanic cultural studies as a private tutor and a university teacher since 2008, and completed a BA, MA, and PhD in Latin American cultural studies at UCL where I was awarded AHRC funding.

I teach language, twentieth and twenty-first century culture in Spain and Latin America, film studies, and the dissertation. My research focuses on identity and nationhood in Latin American film and literature with a focus on Costa Rica.

Teaching

I teach both cultural studies and language modules at all undergraduate levels, including film, literature, and practice-based language use. I also teach an option module on film studies, some MA seminars on film, and the final year undergraduate dissertation module. I supervise final year undergraduate dissertations in Spanish and Latin American studies, and MA and MRes dissertations in my fields of research.

Research

My research focuses on the theme of national identity in Costa Rica, considering how national ideals often contradict other facets of individual identity, namely ethnicity and cultural background, gender and sexual identity, and regional belonging. My work concentrates on postcolonial and intersectional theories of identity, and considers how creative protests to narrow identities - such as via literature and film - have been constructed.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.