I studied a BA in Spanish Studies (2002) followed by a BA in English Studies (2003) at the Universitat de València (Spain). Then I took an MA in Latin American Literature at the University of Georgia (USA). During those two years (2003-2005) I worked as a graduate teaching assistant and taught Spanish language modules and introduction to Spanish and Latin American literature. When I graduated in 2005 I moved back to València where I worked for two years (2005-2007) as resident coordinator for the study abroad programme “UGA en España” run by the University of Georgia in partnership with the Universitat de València.
I began my PhD at the University of Nottingham in September 2007 where I also worked as graduate teaching assistant for three years while I was researching for my thesis “Vanguardismo y Humorismo Gráfico en Crisis: La Guerra Civil Española (1936-1939) y la Revolución Cubana (1959-1961)” which I completed in 2010. From 2008 to 2010 I was a part-time lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. I joined Newcastle University in September 2010.
My research has a strong emphasis on cultural history (visual popular culture), mainly the Spanish Civil War and the Cuban Revolution. I have approached both periods of change through the gaze of artists with vanguard aesthetic projects (Miguel Mihura and "La Ametralladora" in Spain; Rafael Fornés and "El Pitirre" in Cuba) facing political commitment pressures. I am equally interested in Latin American cultural studies (power relations, high/low culture discussions), mass media
The other main area of research is Latin American literature, with particular interest in Peru and Cuba.
Other research interests: gender, queer theory, detective fiction, memory studies, exile.
Edited volume on Collective memory and Latin American Comics (with Dr. Paulo Drinot and Dr. James Scorer)
Documentary based on the life and work of the Spanish-Chilean intellectual José Ricardo Morales.
I am revising for publication the manuscript based on my Phd Thesis “Vanguardismo y Humorismo Gráfico en Crisis: La Guerra Civil Española (1936-1939) y la Revolución Cubana (1959-1961).”
Module leader for:
SPA1019: Introduction to History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/module/SPA1019
LAS4006: Latin American Comics: Identity, Politics and Society. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/module/LAS4006/
SPA2025: Representations of Revolution, Dictatorship and Democracy in Latin America. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/module/SPA2025/
SPA4061: Level D Spanish Advanced Writing. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/module/SPA4061/
LAS1010: An Introduction to Latin America. http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/module/LAS1010/
SML1022: Introduction to Cultural Studies http://www.ncl.ac.uk/undergraduate/modules/module/SML1022/
Module leader for:
LAS8102: Narratives of Cultural Identity (with Dr. Nick Morgan)
LAS 8103: The Shaping of Latin America II: cultural and historical perspectives