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 Universidade de 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 multilingualism in education and Comparative Literature.
I am author of the monograph Contemporary Galician Women Writers (Cambridge: Legenda, 2020), 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) I am currently guest editing an issue for the International Journal of Iberian Studies provisionally entitled 'Refashioning Galician Gender' (publication spring 2022).
My latest book project explores translingualism as activism 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
- Spanish Placement Tutor
- PTY Visiting Tutor
Affiliations and memberships
In the media
- Contemporary Iberian literary and cultural studies
- Galician studies
- Gender studies
- 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 students of Iberian literary and cultural studies and Comparative Literature. Particular interests include Galician Studies, writing by women, multilingual literature and literatures of migration.
- 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