I joined the University of Surrey as Lecturer in Spanish in 2018, having previously held posts at Queen's University Belfast and the University of St Andrews, where I completed my PhD in 2016. In 2018, I was OWRI Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Modern Languages Research, School of Advanced Study, University of London, on the AHRC Open World Research Initiative Translingual Strand 'Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community'. I was previously Visiting Lecturer at the University of Santiago de Compostela. In 2019 I was awarded the University of Surrey Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Teacher of the Year.
My research interests lie primarily in contemporary Iberian literary and cultural studies, with a focus on Galician Studies, translingual migration literature and writing by women. I also have keen interests in Comparative Literature and multilingualism in education.
I am currently Principal Investigator on the bilateral, multidisciplinary research network 'Women's (Im)Mobility in Times of Crisis' / 'A (I)Mobilidade das Mulheres em Tempo de Crise', a collaboration between the University of Surrey and the University of São Paulo funded by the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN).
My monograph Contemporary Galician Women Writers (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020) is the first analysis of contemporary novels published in Galician and Spanish by women writers with conflicting political and linguistic ideologies. I was recently co-editor of a special issue for the Journal of Romance Studies entitled 'Galician Mobilities: Revisiting Migration and morriña' , and with Danny Barreto (Colgate University, USA) I am currently guest editing an issue on gender and sexuality in Galician cultural production for the International Journal of Iberian Studies (publication spring 2022).
My latest book project explores the intersections of translingualism and feminism in texts by contemporary exophonic women writers publishing in Catalan, Galician and Spanish. This interest in literary translingualism informs empirical work with Karina Lickorish-Quinn (University of Leeds) on translingual creative writing in primary education.
I am an elected member of the executive committee of the Modern Language Association Galician Studies Forum.
University roles and responsibilities
- Athena Swan Joint Lead, School of Literature and Languages
- Spanish Placement Tutor
- PTY Visiting Tutor
- Languages Rep, School of Literature and Languages Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee
Affiliations and memberships
In the media
- Contemporary Iberian literary and cultural studies
- Galician studies
- Gender studies
- Translingual cultural production
- Comparative Literature
Indicators of esteem
Elected member of the Modern Language Association Galician Studies Forum executive committee (2020-2024).
Postgraduate research supervision
I welcome inquiries from prospective PhD students in Iberian literary and cultural studies and Comparative Literature. Particular interests include Galician Studies, writing by women, multilingual literature and literatures of migration.
I am currently on the supervisory team for:
- Mar Sánchez, 'Beyond Children’s Literature: Agency and Creativity in Young Cartonera Publishers in Mexico'
- Louise Wenman-James, 'Women of The Yellow Book: Decadence and Identity in Fin-De-Siècle Women’s Writing'
- Trevor Datson, 'The Memory Pact: Bringing music to words in literary fiction'
- SPA2023 Spain Since 1975: Politics, the Economy and Society
- SPA2027 Spanish Language III for Research Purposes
- SPA3020 Translation English-Spanish III
- TRA3028 Translation Spanish-English III
Awarded University of Surrey Vice Chancellor's Award for Early Career Teacher of the Year 2019