Dr Deborah Martin

Dr Deborah Martin

Associate Professor


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Oct 2012

Research summary

I am Associate Professor of Latin American cultural studies, and my research focuses on Latin American cultural production with a particular emphasis on cinema. I draw on a broad range of methodologies, including film theory, gender and sexuality studies, and childhood studies. My most recent book The Child in Contemporary Latin American Cinema was published in 2019.  In 2016 I published The Cinema of Lucrecia Martel, a detailed study of the films of the Argentine director, and in 2017, together with Deborah Shaw (Portsmouth University), I published a co-edited volume of essays, Latin American Women Filmmakers: Production, Politics, Poetics

I am currently researching the relationship between activism and film / visual arts in Latin America, with a particular focus on feminist and environmentalist politics. Case studies thus far include the groundbreaking anti-rape performances of Chilean theatre collective LasTesis (2019-20), and the Mexican eco-film Resurrección (Eugenio Polgovsky, 2016). 

Deborah discusses the child in Latin American film, for the Fly! Higher Film Festival, August 2020,  here (Interviewer: Lorena Pino), and talks about the films of Lucrecia Martel, here (24 mins in)

Teaching summary

I contribute a lecture on film to the first year core course SPAN0015, as well as delivering a second year module (SPAN0025: Introduction to Latin American Cinema), and a final year module (SPAN0051: Childhood in Latin American Cinema). From 2019-20 I will be teaching a new MA Film Studies module (CMII0134: The Child in Film). I also contribute to the Gender, Society and Representation MA core course.


University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2008
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Philosophy | 2004
University of Edinburgh
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2002


I joined Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at UCL in September 2012, having previously lectured at the University of Bath (2008-2012), and having held an AHRC Early Career Fellowship (2011-12) for my work on the figure of the child in Latin American Cinema. My PhD, which was on Colombian women's cultural production -- painting, literature and film -- was awarded by the University of Cambridge in 2008, and before that I studied for my Undergraduate degree at the University of Edinburgh (2002). During my time at Edinburgh studying Modern Languages and later during my PhD research, I spent several extended periods of time in Medellín, Colombia.