School of Modern Languages

Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American

Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies


Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies is a lively and dynamic section within the School of Modern Languages.

Our team of 18 lecturers are committed to working with you in the development of your language and academic skills.

We'll also guide you as you explore the diverse cultures and societies of Spain, Portugal and Latin America.

Undergraduate study

Language is the key to your engagement with different areas of inquiry.

Practical modules in Spanish and/or Portuguese make up a significant part of your studies. This allows you to graduate with a high level of proficiency in either or both languages.

Our teaching team also comprises academics with combined expertise in the Iberian Peninsula and most of the regions of Latin America.

Their research helps to shape the optional modules you will be studying and includes expertise in history, politics, cultural studies, film studies, anthropology, linguistics, sociolinguistics and literature.

While studying Spanish and/or Portuguese as part of your degree, your optional modules will offer in-depth understanding of aspects of contemporary culture and society in the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds.

You spend your year abroad in one of seven Spanish universities across Spain, Portugal or Latin America.

You can also work as a teaching assistant through the British Council scheme, or choose among a range of work placements.

For more about Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at Newcastle, see our Newsletters.

Full list of undergraduate degrees.

Postgraduate study

Our MA in Translation in European Languages or our MA in Latin American Interdisciplinary Studies have become very popular options for our graduates.

We also offer research degrees (MLitt, MPhil, PhD) in all areas of our expertise.

Full list of postgraduate degrees.

Study Spanish, Portuguese, Latin American, and other languages from the Iberian Peninsula.

Extra-curricular Activities

Important cultural institutions in the region offer a wide array of activities related to the Iberian Peninsula and Latin America.

Cinemas around Newcastle frequently show films from these regions and hold language cafes afterwards. These include:

Sage Gateshead and other venues also bring Iberian and Latin American acts to the city.

Vamos Festival

The annual ¡VAMOS! Festival is a celebration of the vibrant Hispanic and Lusophone community in Newcastle and Gateshead.


Our research is strongly oriented towards the interdisciplinary study of Latin America, complemented by linguistic and cultural expertise in relation to the Iberian Peninsula.

Our research benefits from collaboration within the School and interaction in larger faculty groups such as:

Research interests


In addition to the major world languages, Portuguese and Spanish, we offer Catalan and Quechua, key minority languages of the Hispanic world.


We look at Spanish and Latin American popular culture in film, music and the visual arts. In particular, we research such matters as gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationalism, landscape, trauma and memory.


We study Latin American anthropology, cultural identity, education development, indigenous issues and women’s movements.


We look at:

  • late 18th century to late 20 century Latin American political, social, and intellectual history, especially in Brazil and Southern Cone
  • state formation and nation-building, including the philosophical debates that shaped these processes:
    • social reforms, especially in education
    • frontier modernisation
    • sub and supra-national regionalism


We research Spanish syntax, Spanish varieties (Latin America and Iberian Peninsula), Spanish historical linguistics and standardisation.


The following members of staff work within the Iberian and Latin American Studies section in the School of Modern Languages.

StaffList: Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7415

Dr Jorge Catala-Carrasco
Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: Tel: (+44) 0191 208 7455

Dr Josep Cru Talaveron
Lecturer in Spanish

Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7441

Dr Dunja Fehimovic
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: 0191 208 4410

Dr Fruela Fernandez
Lecturer in Spanish Translation


Dr Gustavo Guajardo
Teaching Fellow Spanish Linguistics


Barbara Guidarelli
Italian teaching fellow

Professor Jens R Hentschke
Prof. of Latin American History and Politics, Dr. phil., Habil., FRHistS - Deputy Head of School, Dir. for PG Research, DP Dir. for Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, Chair of the Standing Conference for LAS in the UK, Past President of SLAS

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8710

Lucy Hill
Spanish language teacher

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7475

Professor Rosaleen Howard
Chair of Hispanic Studies

Telephone: (00 44) 0191 208 8328

Professor Ian MacKenzie
Professor of Spanish Linguistics

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8337

Dr Nick Morgan
Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7480

Dr Daniel Mourenza Urbina
Teaching Fellow in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7476

Dr Patricia Oliart
Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7438

Dr Philippa Page
Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7476

Francina Payeras Rebassa
Lecturer in Catalan

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7412

Dr Conceicao Pereira
Lecturer in Portuguese, Co-ordinator of the Portuguese Language Centre - Camões ICL

Telephone: 01912227481

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7475

Maria Zubelzu de Brown
Teaching fellow in Spanish