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Dr Kirsty Hooper


Reader in Hispanic Studies

Head of Hispanic Studies
SMLC Director of Communications

Email: k dot hooper at warwick dot ac dot uk
Twitter: @booksonspain
CV: open as PDF

Room 1.11, Humanities Building, University Road, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Kirsty joined Warwick in September 2012, after eight years at the University of Liverpool. Between 2012 and 2015, she was holder of a Philip Leverhulme Prize.

Research interests

Kirsty is a specialist in Spanish, Anglo-Spanish and Galician cultural history since 1800. Her particular interests include the global nineteenth century; mobilities (travel, tourism, migration, commerce); relational approaches to cultural history, and the use of digital technologies for humanities research. She co-ordinates the Hispanic Liverpool Project, which works with families, history groups and arts organizations to recover the forgotten stories of Liverpool's Basque, Galician, Spanish, Filipino and Latin American communities.

Current Projects

Kirsty is Principal Investigator (PI) of the AHRC-funded project Imperial Entanglements: Transoceanic Basque Networks in British and Spanish Colonialism and their Legacy (July 2016-June 2019).

She is also a team member of the British Academy/Newton Trust/ FAPESP-Warwick funded Displacements: The Novel without Frontiers, led by Ross Forman (Warwick) and Sandra Guardini Teixeira Vasconcelos (São Paulo), and on Historia del turismo en Galicia, funded by Spain's Ministerio de Economía y Competividad and led by Rafael Vallejo Pousado of the Universidade de Vigo.

Teaching and supervision

MA/PhD supervision: Kirsty welcomes inquiries from prospective graduate students with interests in the long nineteenth century (c.1800-1914). Topics of interest might include connections between the Spanish and British empires at home and abroad; mobilities (travel, tourism, migration, commerce); port cities and oceans; cultural networks; and all areas of Galician Studies.

Administrative roles (2016-17)

  • Head of Hispanic Studies
  • SMLC Director of Communications
  • Director of Research for Hispanic Studies

Selected publications

View full list of publications (including links to open access, full text articles, where applicable)


  • PGCert in Digital Humanities, University College London, 2015
  • PGCert in Higher Education, University of Liverpool, 2009
  • DPhil in Modern Languages, University of Oxford, 2003
  • MSt in Slavonic Studies (Polish), University of Oxford, 1998
  • BA (Hons) in Modern Languages (Spanish), University of Oxford, 1997

Drop-in Hour

I'm available to see students throughout the week by appointment; please email to set up a time.