Sarah Browne


In 2014 I graduated from Lancaster University with a Ba(Hons) in French and Spanish Studies and then in 2015, I completed a Masters Degree in Professional Language and Intercultural Studies at the University of Leeds. In 2016, I qualified as a teacher of Secondary French and Spanish after completing a PGCE (MFL) at Leeds Trinity University. I then spent time working in secondary schools as a teacher before deciding to return to university and begin PhD research. 

Research interests

My current research explores the extent to which political parallelism influences how issues of national identity are framed in the Spanish digital press. This research involves both quantitative and qualitative methods of frame analysis in addition to a contextual exploration of the ideological alliances that exist between the press and political agents. Digital editions of national newspapers El PaísEl Mundo and ABC as well as regional newspapers La VanguardiaEl Correo Vasco and La Voz de Galicia have been selected for analysis beginning in August 2017 until January 2018, covering the months leading up to the referendum on Catalan independence and the months following the results. As such, my research interests are in modern Spanish history, Francoism and its impact on regional languages and cultures, nationalism and identity. 


  • Ba (Hons) French and Spanish Studies
  • MA Professional Language and Intercultural Studies
  • PGCE Secondary Education in Modern Foreign Languages