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Professor Clare Mar-Molinero PhD, MA, BA

Professor, Head of Department, Academic Centre for International Students (ACIS)

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Professor Clare Mar-Molinero is a Professor within Humanities at the University of Southampton.

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 Arts and 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 at Southampton Modern Languages and Linguistics. 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.

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

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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
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