Doctoral study in Spanish
Why study with us?
The University of Auckland enjoys strong links with Spain. We hold one of the world's five prestigious Prince of Asturias Chairs of Spanish Language and Culture.
As a doctoral candidate, you'll benefit from: financial support for research expenses through PReSS funding; high-calibre supervision practices; and the networks and expertise of our world-class academic researchers.
We welcome PhD research proposals in areas such as:
- Spanish and Latin American film studies
- Colonial/postcolonial cultural-literary criticism
- 19th/20th-century Spanish culture and politics
- Early-Modern Iberian and Colonial Latin American studies
- Spanish and Latin America women writers and gender studies
- Subaltern studies, indigenous and Amerindian cultures
- Popular culture, music and social change, detective fiction
- Mexican and Caribbean cultural-literary studies
- Catalan, Galician and Portuguese-Brazilian studies
- General Hispanic linguistics, Spanish phonetics, phonology, morphology and dialectology
- Theory and practice of Spanish translation
We study and teach Spanish and Latin American literatures and cultures as well as Spanish language.
Past research topics
- "Ibero-American intersections: constructing (trans)national imaginaries in Spain and Latin America, 1898-1938" | Supervised by Professor Christine Arkinstall and Associate Professor Walescka Pino-Ojeda
- "Narratives of otherness: Masculinity and identity in contemporary Spanish literature for children and adolescents" | Supervised by Professor Christine Arkinstall
- "Locating the mestizo: Intellectual race and class in Mariátegui, Arguedas and Gutiérrez" | Supervised by Dr Kathryn Lehman
- "Reinscribing the female historical subject: Auto/biographical voices of contemporary Spanish women writers" | Supervised by Professor Christine Arkinstall
- "Negotiating gendered discourses: Michelle Bachelet and Cristina Fernández de Kirchner" | Supervised by Dr Kathryn Lehman and Associate Professor Walescka Pino-Ojeda
- "La alegoría del viajero inmóvil: Crisis y reconstrucción de la utopía en el cine latinoamericano de la era neoliberal" | Supervised by Associate Professor Walescka Pino-Ojeda and Associate Professor Roberto Gonzalez Casanovas
Scholarships and awards
There are several scholarships you may be eligible for when you decide to pursue your PhD in Spanish:
Help and advice
For help with enrolling in your PhD you can contact the Arts Students' Centre.
If you would like to discuss your plans for your doctoral research you can contact our PhD Adviser.