Prof Jo Evans

Prof Jo Evans

Professor of Spanish Film Literature and Culture


Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Jan 1996

Research summary

Jo Evans has published widely on Spanish-language cinema and literature, and her research has interdisciplinary relevance for Film Studies, Gender Studies and Psychoanalysis. Her first monograph on the Spanish-Basque poet Ángela Figuera Aymerich was published by Tamesis in 1996, and her second, on the director Julio Medem was published by Grant & Cutler in 2007. She co-edited and contributed to the Inaugural Hispanic Visual Studies Issue: Territories of the Visual, Bulletin of Spanish Studies (March 2015). This edition will be re-issued by Routledge Books (March 2016). She is currently directing a three-year Leverhulme Trust funded research project on the Spanish-Mexican director, Luis Bunuel: A Life in Letters. As part of this project, she is co-editing, with Leverhulme Trust funded Senior Research Assistant, Dr Breixo Viejo, The Collected Letters of Luis Bunuel. These will be published in 2017 in English with Bloomsbury, and in Spanish with Catedra.

Teaching summary

Jo Evans has designed, introduced and convened more than twenty new BA and MA course modules on Spanish-language narrative, drama, poetry, and film at UCL. She currently teaches BA course units on Spanish film from the 1920s onwards, and on the work of the Spanish-Mexican director, Luis Bunuel. She convenes an MA course unit on Spanish film (1975 onwards) and contributes to MA core courses for the MA in European Studies, UCL Centre for Intercultural Studies, and for the 'Issues in Global Migration' MA.


University of Cambridge
PhD, Modern Spanish Poetry | 1994
University of Cambridge
BA, Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos | 1986


Jo Evans (BA, Cambridge University; PhD, Cambridge University) is Professor in Spanish Film, Literature and Culture. She is a General Editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Studies, and lead editor of the Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies. She was a Lecturer at Edinburgh University (1989-1994), and Guest Lecturer at Cambridge University (Spring Term 2008), and the School of Modern Languages, and Department of Media Arts, Royal Holloway (Spring Term 2009). She has been a Special Guest of the Institute for Contemporary Arts (London) and the Casa Bunuel (Instituto de la Cinematografia y de las Artes Audiovisuales (Mexico City); and an Invited Speaker at the Cervantes Institute (London); the Barbican and the British Film Institute. She was the advisor on Spanish film for the Andrew Graham-Dixon series, The Art of Spain (BBC4, 2008) and is a regular lecturer for the Prince's Teaching Institute. Since 2010, she has introduced Spanish Language films to A-level students and teachers at cinemas across London for Film Education and the National Schools Film Week.