Dr Thea Pitman

Dr Thea Pitman


BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish), King's College Cambridge

MA Hispanic Studies (University College London)

PhD Latin American Literature (University College London)


Research interests

Contemporary Latin American cultural production, especially online, and more broadly digital, works: tactical media, blogs, hypertext/media narrative, social media, indigenous new media. Digital humanities. Research interests also cover more traditional works of literature and film, as well as popular cultural forms, with a particular interest in questions of race, ethnicity and gender.

For more information about current projects see the Digital Latin American Cultures Network on Wordpress, Facebook and Twitter (@latamcyber).

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • BA (Hons) in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Spanish),┬áKing's College Cambridge
  • MA Hispanic Studies (University College London)
  • PhD Latin American Literature (University College London)

Student education

Teaching and administrative duties (2018-19)

  • Director, Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies
  • Member, Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures
  • New Media in Latin America (SPPO3690)
  • Final Year Projects - Latin American cultural studies

Availability (2018019)

Advice and feedback hours: By appointment. I am on long-thin sabbatical in 2018-19 and only on campus on Tuesdays most weeks

Postgraduate research supervision

  • Latin American digital cultures / new media / cyberculture
  • Latin American literature
  • Latin American cinema, popular cultural production and cultural history
  • Race, ethnicity and gender in Latin American cultural production, particularly indigenous cultural production

Research students

  • Noha Alharbi, PhD, feminist translation studies and Saudi Arabian literature, July 2018-(June 2023).
  • Juan Jos Rodrguez Santamara, PhD, contemporary Ecuadorean and Uruguayan poetry, Oct 2015-(Sept 2018).
  • Lourdes Parra Lazcano, PhD, transcultural performativities in travel writing by Mexican women writers, Oct 2014-July 2018.
  • Catherine Morgans, MAR, the use of the internet by new social movments in Brazil, Oct 2013-Sept 2014.
  • Theresa Bean, MAR, Hip-hop as a new social movement in Medelln, Colombia, Oct 2013-Sept 2014.
  • Diana Battaglia, PhD, the representation of cultural identity in the crime fiction of Cuban writer Leonardo Padura Fuentes, Oct 2010-Feb 2016.
  • Katie Machin, MA by Research, representations of alternative female sexuality in early 20th century Spanish narrative, Oct 2011-Sept 2012.
  • Laura Rodrguez Icaza, PhD, the marketing of Latin American cinema and the role of film festivals, Oct 2008-Sept 2012.
  • Kristina Pl Fernndez, MA by Research, on key novel by Chicano writer Miguel Mndez, Oct 2008-Sept 2009.

Research groups and institutes

  • Cinema and Television
  • Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American
  • Digital cultures
  • Cultural studies
  • Network for Hispanic and Lusophone Cultural Studies
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/research-opportunities">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>