I joined the University of Nottingham in 2008, having previously worked in the Department of History at the University of Swansea.
History of contemporary Spain and Gibraltar, memory and 'historical tourism', post-conflict studies.
My teaching interests mirror those of my research, and focus principally on the history (and 'historical memory') of modern Spain, and more recently modern Portugal. I am currently co-convenor of the… read more
I continue to be active in studying the history of Gibraltar, in particular the relationship between Gibraltarian and Spanish labour and political organisations. Straddling this contested frontier is… read more
My teaching interests mirror those of my research, and focus principally on the history (and 'historical memory') of modern Spain, and more recently modern Portugal. I am currently co-convenor of the level-one module 'Spain and Portugal in the Twentieth Century', as well as the level two module 'Metropolis, Empire and Republics: Spain, Portugal and the Americas from 1492 to 1898. I convene the level-three module 'Civil War and Memory Wars in Contemporary Spain'.
I currently supervise five PhD students and am mentor to two Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellows. I would welcome expressions of interest from potential postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers with an interest in modern Iberian history and society, including Gibraltar.
Current doctoral students:
(as primary supervisor)
Simon Nicholls, Island Identities in the Balearics and Corsica.
Onur Alptekin, Supported Privateers, Accused Pirates: Atlantic 'Piracy' in the Seventeenth Century
Daniel Oviedo, The Capital of Defeat. City, Violence and Society in post-war Madrid (1939-1945)
Nicholas Sharman, Anglo-Spanish Economic Relations in the Early Twentieth Century.
(as secondary supervisor)
Lauren Collins, Did the municipal delegate save the Cuban Revolution?
Leverhulme postdoctoral mentor:
Ruben Serem, The Portuguese Estado Novo and the Spanish Civil War
Salvatore Garfi, Landscapes Encountered by the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War
Masters (by research):
Zoe Fairhurst, Spanish Civil War tourism and public perceptions of the recent Spanish past
I continue to be active in studying the history of Gibraltar, in particular the relationship between Gibraltarian and Spanish labour and political organisations. Straddling this contested frontier is another recent research project, where I have used a mini-biography to illustrate the nature of Francoist repression in the Campo de Gibraltar. Both projects will be published as journal articles. Alongside various colleagues in SPLAS, I am engaged in various initiatives relating to the archaeology of the Spanish Civil War and the representation of the conflict to tourists. We are currently part of an excavation in Alfacar (Granada) which aims to locate the final resting place of the Spanish poet Federico García Lorca, and have an ongoing collaboration with the International Brigades Archaeology Project in Belchite, northern Spain. I am fortunate enough to work with a growing (and impressive) cohort of postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers, who are collectively making Nottingham a leading centre for the study of contemporary Iberian history in the UK. Finally, alongside colleagues from SPLAS, I am engaged in a three-year research networking project '(Memosur) A Lesson for Europe: memory, trauma and reconciliation in Chile and Argentina', funded through the FP7-IRSES scheme. The project brings together colleagues from Bologna, Córdoba (Argentina) and Catolíca (Chile).
Since 2008, my research has focussed principally on the history of Gibraltar. I have published two monographs on the subject, and more recently an article on the ways in which sport can be used to understand the complexity of Gibraltar-Spanish relations. In 2013, I have also published an essay on the legacies of the 1931 constitution of the Spanish Second Republic, as well as a short monograph on the subject of El Valle de los Caidos.
A long-term research project for me is a study of 'rightist' Spanish exiles during the years of the Spanish Second Republic. I am particularly keen to investigate the experiences and activities of exile 'colonies' in France, Portugal and Gibraltar in the 1930s, not only to identify the significance of such groups to the traumatic historical events of that decade, but also to explore the ways in which the political right imagined (and sought to recreate both in exile and return) particular visions of 'Spain'.