Department of Spanish, Portuguese & Latin American Studies

Contact Details

Departmental Coordinators:
Ms Alex Lopez Alvarez
Ms Clare Szembek (Mon-Wed)
tel: 020 7679 3109
ext: 33109

Head of Department:
Dr Humberto Núñez-Faraco
tel: 020 7679 4332
ext: 34332

Dr Deborah Martin

Senior Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies

Dr Deborah Martin (M Phil and PhD Cantab) lectures on the cinema, literature and culture of Latin America. Her research focuses on Latin American cultural production with a particular emphasis on cinema, and draws on a broad range of methodologies, including film theory, gender and sexuality studies, and childhood studies. She has a particular interest in theories of embodiment and touch in cinema.

She is currently working on a book project, Lucrecia Martel, a detailed study of the films of the Argentine director which will be published by Manchester University Press. A second book project (funded by the AHRC 2011-12) looks at representations of childhood in contemporary Latin American films, considering the political associations of the child-figure, the politics of representing the child, and the relationships of these isssues to film aesthetics.

Research publications:

Deborah teaches the following undergraduate modules: SPAN1223 (Cultural Responses to the Mexican Revolution), SPAN2105 (Introduction to Latin American Cinema), SPAN4410 (Argentine Cinema 1985-present), SPAN4411 (Childhood in Latin American Cinema), ELCS6065 (The Uncanny) She also contributes the module ‘New Argentine Cinemas’ to the MA in Film Studies.

Deborah is SELCS Public Engagement Tutor and runs Café Culture, an ongoing programme of public engagement evenings where SELCS researchers discuss their work with the public in a friendly, informal environment. Find out about forthcoming events and listen to podcasts of past events here:

Before joining UCL, Deborah was Lecturer in Latin American Cultural Studies at the University of Bath.

Dr Deborah Martin book

Tel: 0207 679 3107 (internal x33107)
Office hours: Term 1 Mon 2-3pm, Thurs 2-3pm