Hispanic Studies PhD

Major code: HSPR


Research activity in Hispanic Studies covers a broad range of areas in Iberian and Latin American Studies. Our research is at the forefront of developments in literary, historical, linguistic and cultural studies, and we are the home to major journals, including the Bulletin of Hispanic Studies. Our research emphasizes our understanding of ‘Hispanic studies’ in the broadest sense, as relating to the multiple geographical and linguistic contexts that make up the Hispanic and Lusophone worlds.

Subject Overview

Staff offer specialist supervision on any approved aspect of the languages, literatures, cultures or civilisations of Spain, Portugal and Latin America. Our research is characterised by interdisciplinary breadth as well as geographical scope. We are particularly interested to hear from potential doctoral students working in the areas of gender, race, media histories, digital culture, migration, film studies, history, and literature, although other research areas are also welcomed. The topic and nature of the research are decided by students in consultation with staff.

Staff expertise covers the following areas:

  • Spanish Linguistics, with a particular focus on Sociolinguistics
  • Medieval Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Contemporary Spanish Literature and Culture
  • Development of Poetry in Spain
  • Spanish Film
  • Latin American Film
  • Modern Catalan Literature and Culture
  • Modern Basque Literature and Culture
  • Brazilian Popular Culture and Performance
  • Latin American Literature and Culture
  • Digital Cultures in Latin America and Spain

 Recent research topics undertaken by our postgraduates have included:

  • The marketing and reception of women writers in Spain
  • Sex and gender in Cuban and Mexican detective fiction
  • Practices of bloggers from a Brazilian favela
  • Narratives of violence in Colombian literature and film
  • Contemporary Argentine and Brazilian women filmmakers
  • Gender and sexuality in Latin American cinema
  • The politics and performance of race in Brazil

Key Facts

REF 2014
72% of our publications were rated 4* and 3* (world leading and internationally excellent), which ranks Liverpool Modern Languages and Cultures as 14/57 in the sector. 90% of environment was also rated 4* and 3*.

Why Department of Modern Languages and Cultures?

Close-knit community

We are a small but growing department and have developed very distinctive areas of strength in research. As a result we are uniquely placed to offer taught programmes which are tailored to the individual in a friendly, supportive atmosphere and, for research students, close contact with your supervisors from the outset.

Interdisciplinary activity

The department of Modern Languages and Cultures comprises academic staff working across a wide range of language-based studies covering literature, new media, film, history, politics, culture and sociolinguistics. The Department is an active participant in the School’s inter-disciplinary research centres, including the Centre for the Study of International Slavery, the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and the Eighteenth-Century Worlds research centre. Since 2010, we have been part of the School of Histories, Languages and Cultures, one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.