Clare Mar-Molinero


Primary position:
Associate Dean of Internationalisation, Faculty of Humanities


The University of Southampton
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I hold a BA from Birmingham University, an MA(Ed) in Language & Linguistics and PhD in Politics of Language from the University of Southampton. I am currently Associate Dean (internationalisation) for the Faculty of Humanities.

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 the department of 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, and more recently created the Centre for Mexico-Southampton Collaboration (MexSu), of which I am currently Director.


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 current research interests are in the area of language policy and language and migration, transnationalism and globalisation, and urban multilingualism, in particular, but not exclusively, 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 was the 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 was 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, partly funded by Santander Universities Network.  Santander has also generously supported the MeXsu Centre for the past 6 years. I am part of a WUN funded network on North-South Migration and mobility, led by University of Sheffield with 10 international partners, to run from 2014-16. 

Conference organisation

I have organised many conferences and workshops, including major international conferences such as 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 was Principal Local Organiser for the major international Sociolinguistics Symposium 18 (SS18, Southampton 1-4 September 2010) (

Selected keynotes and plenaries

  • 'Language, migration and return:  stories of returning 'home'' at the 3rd LINEE+ conference, Dubrovnik, 2014
  • ‘Returning ‘home’: Language and identity issues for returning Mexican migrants’ at the biennial meeting of the International Association for Spanish in Society, Birkbeck, 2013 
  • ‘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 for 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 International Association for the Study of Spanish in Society (SiS) since the birth of the association in 2004, and have recently been elected its first Honorary President.  I 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:

Dick Vigers: Minimalising loss in 'dead' and 'dying' languages: the last speaker and other strategies [completed 2006]

Alicia Pozo-Gutiérrez: Associationism in Spanish migrants to Southern England in the 1960s and 70s [completed 2004] 

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] 

Susana Sabín-Fernández: ‘The “Niños Vascos”: Memory and memorialisation of the Basque refugee children of the Spanish Civil War in the UK’ [completed May 2011]

Linda Cadier: ‘The impact of translocality on the linguistic and cultural practices of migrant communities: the case of medical interpreters in Southampton’ (completed April 2013) 

Lisa Carroll-Davis: ‘Constructing a Nation: Evaluating the Discursive Creation of National Community under the Revolutionary FSLN Government (1979-1990) [completed 2012] 

Esteban Devis: ‘Sense of belonging and visibility of the Colombian-Lebanese in Bogotá’ (completed April 2014) 

Mark Muirden: ‘A Critical Evaluation of Linguistic Minorities from a Postmodern Perspective: the case of Welsh’ (completed July 2011)

 Anna Papanicolau: ‘Culturalism and imaginative geographies: the case of US tourism to Mexico’ (completed August 2012) Ted Way: ‘Talking Torture: The Public Commodification of Personal Trauma’ [completed 2013]

 Anna Augustyniak: ‘Euskera for all? Migrants’ perceptions of Basque’ 

Alfredo Escandón: Language Contact along Borders: linguistic diversity in Tijuana, Mexico.

Pilar Aramayo: ‘Much ado about nothing? A critical analysis of foreign language teaching policy in the Basic Education System in Mexico’ 

Francisco Daniel Morales: Identity Construction of Latin American Immigrants living in London

Elizabeth Torrico-Avila: Discursive construction of the English Language Policy implemented in Chile (2003-2010)


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

Room Number: 65/3019

Telephone: (023) 8059 3298