Spanish and Latin American Studies is research-active and several members of staff are recognised experts in their fields of research.

Staff Research

Faculty of Arts – An Foras Feasa Visiting Fellows

Dr Ross Woods (January 2013). Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. Dr Woods will share the findings of his research on Spanish fiction with the Department of Spanish.

Professor Raquel Merino. (2011-12). Universidad del País Vasco. Professor Merino collaborated with Dr Catherine O’Leary, gave a paper on her research on translation and censorship at the SMLLC research seminar series, and participated in the Symposium on Censorship and Cultural Control.

Professor Juan Álvaro Echeverri. (March 2011). Department of Anthropology, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. Professor Echeverri visited Maynooth University to collaborate with Dr Catherine O’Leary from the Department of Spanish and Dr Chandana Mathur from the Department of Anthropology and to participate in the symposium, Genocide 101: The Atrocities of the Amazon Rubber Boom, Roger Casement's Putumayo Journey,Contemporary Cultural Representations Thereof

Link to the University Research Magazine:

‘Crossing the Line’. For many decades, Mexican emigrants to the US have been vilified by those remaining at home. Dr Catherine Leen Charts how this perception is changing in Mexican and Chicano film.

Postgraduate Research

PhD Graduates
2011 PhD in Arts (Spanish)
Dr Daniel Zubia Fernández : Thesis Title:Señas del esplendor ausente. Itinerarios familiares en Señas de identidad y en O esplendor de Portugal.
Supervisor: Prof. John M. Kinsella.

MA in Spanish and Latin American Studies

Year Name of Thesis Student Name Supervisor
2011 The Representation of Male and Masculinity within the Cinema of Pedro Almodóvar Simon  Crinigan Dr Catherine O' Leary
2011 Spanish as a foreign language in second level schools in the Republic of Ireland:Current Situation & a Path Forward. Edward Flynn Dr Catherine O' Leary
2011 The Portrayal of the Spanish Civil War in Contemporary Spanish Cinema: An Exploration of the Recuperation of Memory J.Wheeler Dr Catherine O' Leary
2011 Alternative Voices in the Works of María Elena Walsh Natalia Destefano Dr Catherine Leen
2011 An Analysis of Selected Autobiographical and Semi-autobiographical Texts by Federica Montseny Ashley Catherine Harris Dr Catherine O' Leary
2011 Mexican Narcocultura Tom Balfe Dr Catherine Leen
2011 WRITING IN THE MARGINS: A Comparative Study of Jorge Luis Borges and James Joyce Hugh Davey Dr Catherine Leen
2011 The Representation of Women in the Work of Carmen Martín Gaite Ailbhe Henson Dr Jennifer Wood
2011 The Cultural Memory of the Malvinas/Falklands War 1986 Dermot Kidd Dr Jennifer Wood
2011 Federico García Lorca's Romancero Gitano: A Comparative Analysis of Two English Translations Orlagh McKay Dr Jennifer Wood
2011 The Pilgrimage of 'El Camino de Santiago de Compostela' A Path Through Time Mary Hazel Sweeney Dr David Barnwell
2011 An Evaluation of the Post-Primary Languages Initative Teresa Nestor Dr David Barnwell
2011 Analysis of CLIL in Spain's state school system Nollaig Amond Murray Dr David Barnwell
2012 Religion and Rebellion: Tomochic 1892 Anthony Mc Mahon Dr Catherine O' Leary