Clare Mar-Molinero


Primary position:
Director of Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration


The University of Southampton

I hold a BA from Birmingham University, a MA(Ed) in Language & Linguistics and a PhD in Politics of Language from the University of Southampton. After teaching English as a Foreign Language at Barcelona University, I came to Southampton first as a teaching assistant in EFL and Spanish, and then later as a Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Spanish in Modern Languages. I am currently Professor in Spanish sociolinguistics and have been Head of Modern Languages for two terms (2001-2003 and 2005-2011). I was a founding Director of the Southampton Centre for Transnational Studies.

I  have recently created a new Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration at the University (MexSu), of which I am currently Director. I have been fortunate in securing significant financial support in this from Santander Universities network.

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The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)


Cadier, Linda and Mar-Molinero, Clare (2012) Language policies and super-diversity in contemporary urban societies: the case of the city of Southampton. Current Issues in Language Planning, 13, (3), 149-165. (doi:10.1080/14664208.2012.722376).
Tunger, Verena, Mar-Molinero, Clare, Paffey, Darren, Vigers, Dick and Barɫóg, Cecilia (2010) Language policies and 'new' migration in officially bilingual areas. Current Issues in Language Planning, 11, (2), 190-205. (doi:10.1080/14664208.2010.505074 ).
Mar-Molinero, Clare (2008) Subverting Cervantes: language authority in global Spanish. [in special issue: Spanish as a Global Language] International Multilingual Research Journal, 2, (1-2), 27-47. (doi:10.1080/19313150701766805).
Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stewart, Miranda, Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stewart, Miranda (eds.) (2006) Language variation and change: historical and contemporary perspectives. Spanish in Context, 3, (1), 1-4.
Mar-Molinero, Clare (2004) Spanish as a world language: language and identity in a global era. Spanish in Context, 1, (1), 3-20. (doi:10.1075/sic.1.1.03mar).
Mar-Molinero, Clare (2001) Identidad nacional y educación bilingue en el mundo hispano-hablante. Revista de Educación, 326, 79-97.


Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle, Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (eds.) (2009) Discourses on language and integration: critical perspectives on language testing regimes in Europe, Amsterdam, USA, John Benjamins, 170pp. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 33).
Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (eds.) (2006) Language ideologies, policies and practices: language and the future of Europe, Basingstoke, UK, New York, USA, Palgrave Macmillan, 280pp. (Language and Globalization).
Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stewart, Miranda (eds.) (2006) Globalization and Language in the Spanish-Speaking World: Macro and Micro Perspectives, Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave MacMillan, 288pp. (Language and Globalization).
Mar-Molinero, Clare (ed.) (2000) The politics of language in the Spanish-speaking world: from colonisation to globalisation, Abingdon, GB, Routledge, 256pp. (The Politics of Language).
Mar-Molinero, Clare (1997) The Spanish-speaking world: a practical introduction to sociolinguistic issues, London, GB, Routledge (Routledge Language in Society).
Mar-Molinero, Clare and Angel, Smith (eds.) (1996) Nationalism and the nation in the Iberian Peninsula: competing and conflicting identities, Washington, US, UNSPECIFIED, 256pp.

Book Section

Paffey, Darren, Vigers, Dick and Mar-Molinero, Clare (2012) The impact of language and citizenship policies on integration: contrasting case studies of ‘new’ migration in Spain and the UK. In, Studer, Patrick and Werlen, Iwar (eds.) Linguistic Diversity in Europe: Current trends and discourse. Berlin, DE, De Gruyter Mouton, 137-155. (Contributions to the Sociology of Language [CSL], 97).
Mar-Molinero, Clare and Paffey, Darren (2011) Linguistic imperialism: who owns global Spanish? In, Diaz-Campos, Manuel (ed.) Handbook of Hispanic Sociolinguistics. New York, US, Blackwell, 747-764.
Mar-Molinero, C. (2010) Tu voz es tu voto: the role of Spanish in the 2008 U.S. Presidential Elections. In, Lorenzo-Dus, Nuria (ed.) Spanish at Work. Analysing Institutional Discourse across the Spanish-Speaking World. Basingstoke, GB, Palgrave Macmillan.
Clare, Mar-Molinero (2010) The spread of global Spanish: from Cervantes to reggaetón. In, Coupland, Nikolas (ed.) The Handbook of Language and Globalization. Chichester, GB, Wiley-Blackwell, 162-182. (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics).
Vigers, Dick and Mar-Molinero, Clare (2009) Spanish language ideologies in managing immigration and citizenship. In, Extra, Guus, Spotti, Massimiliano and Van Avermaet, Piet (eds.) Language Testing, Migration and Citizenship: Cross-National Perspectives on Integration Regimes. London, GB, Continuum, 167-188. (Advances in Sociolinguistics).
Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle, Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (2009) Testing regimes: introducing cross-national perspectives on language, migration and citizenship. In, Hogan-Brun, Gabrielle, Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (eds.) Discourses on Language and Integration. Amsterdam, USA, John Benjamins, 1-14. (Discourse Approaches to Politics, Society and Culture 33).
Paffey, Darren J. and Mar-Molinero, Clare (2009) Globalisation, linguistic norms and language authorities: Spain and the Panhispanic language policy. In, Lacorte, Manel and Leeman, Jennifer (eds.) Spanish in the United States and other Contact Environments. Sociolinguistics, Ideology and Pedagogy. Madrid, ES, Iberoamericana/Vervuert, 159-173. (Lengua y Sociedad en el Mundo Hispánico 21).
Mar-Molinero, Clare (2007) Derechos lingüísticos, política lingüística y planificación lingüística en el mundo de habla hispana. In, Lacorte, Manel (ed.) Lingüística aplicada del español. Madrid, Spain, Arco Libros, 347-375. (Bibliotheca Philologica).
Mar-Molinero, Clare (2005) The European linguistic legacy in a global era: linguistic imperialism, Spanish and the instituto cervantes. In, Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (eds.) Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices: Language and the Future of Europe. Basingstoke, UK, Palgrave Macmillan, 76-91. (Language and globalization).
Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (2005) On language, the national and the transnational in contemporary Europe. In, Mar-Molinero, Clare and Stevenson, Patrick (eds.) Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices: Language and the Future of Europe. Basingstoke, UK, New York, USA, Palgrave Macmillan, 1-13. (Language and Globalization).
Mar-Molinero, Clare (2003) The Languages of Spain and Spanish Language Education. In, Bourne, Jill and Reid, Euan (eds.) World Yearbook of Education 2003: Language Education. London, UK, Kogan Page, 189-203. (World yearbook of education, 2003).

Conference or Workshop Item

Paffey, Darren and Mar-Molinero, Clare (2011) The linguistic capital of US-Mexican migrant returnees. In, Royal Geographical Society Annual International Conference, 31 Aug - 02 Sep 2011.


Research Interests

My research interests are in the area of language policy and language and migration, transnationalism and multilingualism, in particular in the Spanish-speaking world.

Research awards and projects

I have been in receipt of a British Academy Small Award for my work on global Spanish and was coordinator of an AHRC Networks & Workshops award for a collaborative project on language, migration and citizenship in Europe, Testing Regimes (with colleagues in Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Ghent and Tilburg); and I am Work Package leader for a project on language and migration within the EU 6th Framework Network of Excellence programme on multilingualism in Europe (LINEE), of which Southampton is one of nine partners. I am currently leading a project based in San Luís Potosí, Mexico, on language and migrant return, analysing the experiences of Mexican migrants returning from the US.

Conference organisation

I have organised major international conferences including the Second Hispanic Conference in Southampton (15-17 April 2004) and (co-organiser) Language Ideologies, Policies and Practices: the Future of Language in Europe at Southampton (8-10 July 2004). I am Principal Local Organiser for the major international Sociolinguistics Symposium 18 (SS18, Southampton 1-4 September 2010) (

Recent keynotes and plenaries

  • ‘Transnational Urban Neighbourhoods: Language(s) in Southampton' at the conference 'Language & the City', Cardiff University, September 2008
  • Tu voz es tu voto: the role of Spanish in the 2008 US election campaign’ at the Biennial meeting of the International Association of Spanish in Society, University of Swansea, 2008
  • ‘Spanish Today: Linguistic Imperialism or Vox Populi? – Cervantes and Molotov’ at a conference on Language and Globalisation, Cardiff University, July 2005
  • ‘Globalisation & the Spread of Spanish: From Spain to the US’ At Regulations of societal multilingualism in linguistic policies: Language in relation to nation, identity and power in Spain, Hispanoamerica and the United States; Berlín, 2 - 4, May, 2005, Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut P.K.


I have been Chair of the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study of Spanish Society (SiS) since the birth of the association in 2004, and am a member of the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and International Journal of Iberian Studies.

Affiliate research group:  Testing Regimes

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach courses on sociolinguistics (particularly on language and migration, transnationalism and globalisation, and language policy) both at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Many of these courses focus on the Spanish-speaking world, in particular Spanish in the US, and migrants in Mexico.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome proposals for doctoral research in a wide range of sociolinguistics areas, particularly, but not uniquely, on Spanish topics. My particular interests include:

  • Language and migration / diasporas / transnationalism
  • Language ideologies
  • Language policy
  • Language and globalisation / global languages
  • The discourse of returning migrants
  • Language and popular music
  • Language and Mexican migration

Current and recent supervised thesis:

Amanda Hilmarsson-Dunn: ‘The implications of Global English on Icelandic Language Policy’ [completed May 2008]
Darren Paffey: ‘Language, discourse and ideology: the Real Academia Española and the standardisation of Spanish’ [completed April 2009]
Michael Hornsby: ‘What future for minority languages? The case of Breton’ [completed June 2009]
Dina De Sousa: ‘‘Jineterismo in Havana: Narrating the Daily Struggles of Afro-Cuban Jineteras’ [completed December 2009]
Linda Cadier: ‘The impact of translocality on the linguistic and cultural practices of migrant communities: the case of medical interpreters in Southampton’
Lisa Carroll-Davis: ‘Constructing a Nation: Evaluating the Discursive Creation of National Community under the Revolutionary FSLN Government (1979-1990)
Esteban Devis: ‘Sense of belonging and visibility of the Colombian-Lebanese in Bogotá’
Mark Muirden: ‘A Critical Evaluation of Linguistic Minorities from a Postmodern Perspective: the case of Welsh’
Anna Papanicolau: ‘Culturalism and imaginative geographies: the case of US tourism to Mexico’
Susana Sabin-Fernandez: ‘The Basque refugee children of the Spanish Civil War in the UK: memory and memorialisation’
Ted Way: ‘Talking Torture: The Public Commodification of Personal Trauma’
Michalis Sivvas: ‘Social class narratives and Aromanian language ideologies in Greece: the quest for the right story’
Akuarela Gutiérrez: ‘Voces del Barrio. Grassroots Organization and Changing Political Identities in Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela (1998-2008)’


Professor Clare Mar-Molinero
Faculty of Humanities
University of Southampton
Avenue Campus
SO17 1BF
United Kingdom

Room Number: 65/3019

Telephone: (023) 8059 3298