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The Centre for Transnational Studies

Our people

Learn about our academic experts, from their research interests to their contact details.

External members

In addition to the University of Southampton academics listed on this page, our membership includes:

Dr Adriana Patino

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Director of the Centre for Linguistics, Language Education and Acquisition Research (CLLEAR). I have expertise in sociolinguistic ethnography, language socialisation, narrative inquiry, and multilingualism. I have concentrated on the social processes that are produced in daily-life encounters by focusing on the intersection between language, ideology and positioning. My interests lie in the area of how young people and adults experience language issues when embarking upon life projects involving mobility. I am currently interested in Family, Language and Memory. 

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: a.patino@soton.ac.uk

Address: B65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF

Dr Aude Campmas

Lecturer in French Studies

Research interests

  • My current research interests include the representations of childfree women, trauma and discrimination, trauma and memory.

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: a.campmas@soton.ac.uk

Address: B65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF

Dr Bindi Shah PhD, FHEA

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • A key question that Bindi is interested in asking is: What shapes citizenship and a sense of belonging to the nation amongst immigrants and established ethnic minority communities?
  • Bindi is also interested in exploring the role of social capital for developing interdisciplinary solutions to climate crisis and biodiversity loss for marginalised communities.

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: b.shah@soton.ac.uk

Address: B58, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Professor Clare Mar-Molinero

Professor of Spanish Sociolinguistics

Research interests

  • Spanish sociolinguistics (global Spanish, Spain, Mexico, US Latinx)
  • Language policy, ideologies and practices
  • Language and migration

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: f.c.mar-molinero@soton.ac.uk

Address: B65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF

Professor David Owen

Professor in Politics

Research interests

  • 1) Post-Kantian social and political philosophy from Nietzsche to Foucault, and the Frankfurt School.
  • 2) The Ethics and Politics of Migration
  • 3) Democratic Theory and Practice

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: dowen@soton.ac.uk

Address: B58, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

Dr Dimitra Gkitsa

Lecturer in Curating and Cultural Leader

Research interests

  • Curatorial practices and discourse
  • Collective and cultural memory 
  • Arts infrastructure in spaces of tranisition and difficult pasts

Accepting applications from PhD students

Dr Heidi Armbruster

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • The anthropology of migration and borders
  • Race and diversity in rural and provincial spaces;
  • critical whiteness;

Email: h.armbruster@soton.ac.uk

Address: B65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF

Dr Jaine Beswick

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Sociolinguistics/sociophonetics of Portuguese, Galician, Spanish and English
  • Socio-psychological/geolinguistic spaces: borders, borderlands, diaspora, islands
  • Migrant identities: authenticity, belonging, in groups/out groups

Email: j.beswick@soton.ac.uk

Address: B65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF

Dr Jane Lavery

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Mexican Day of the Dead, Covid-19 and diaspora.
  • Latin(a) multimedia women writers and artists (i.e writers and artists whose works straddle multiple disciplines (literature, art performance, photography, video, art installation, cyberspace).
  • Latin(a) American Women writers and artists

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: j.e.lavery@soton.ac.uk

Address: B65, Avenue Campus, Highfield Road, SO17 1BF

Dr Jen Dickinson

Lecturer in Development Geographies

Research interests

  • models of diaspora mobilisation and governance, including policy at the national and international levels, the role of diaspora civil society and civil society, diplomacy & geopolitics
  • the impacts of diaspora economic and political mobilisation in origin countries, particularly on inequality, cultural heritage landscapes & tourism development
  • diaspora youth political voice & agency as active citizens

Accepting applications from PhD students

Email: j.dickinson@southampton.ac.uk

Address: B44, West Highfield Campus, University Road, SO17 1BJ

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