Dr Paul Bowker

In 1982 Spain hosted the soccer World Cup and the short spinnets of local colour that were aired between matches and during the half-time breaks were my first exposure to Spain and Spanish culture. At that point, as an impressionable nine-year old growing up in small town New Zealand, my passion for the Spanish language and the cultures of Spain and Latin America was first sparked.

A decade later I began studying Spanish by correspondence, which I kept up for three years before leaving New Zealand to go and work in Britain from 1996 to 1999. From there I was able to fund several trips to Spain, where I travelled extensively, and the Canary Islands, where I taught English privately. Upon my return to New Zealand I studied Spanish and Latin American Studies at the University of Auckland.

I completed my PhD at Auckland in 2010, where I had also been teaching Spanish and tutoring in European Studies since 2004. During my doctorate I was fortunate to have been able to travel to Chile, Mexico and Colombia. I was also an active member of the Colombian Association of New Zealand between 2006 and 2010.

In 2011 I took up a fixed-term position as a lecturer in the Spanish Program at Victoria University of Wellington, where I taught Spanish language and culture, and a second-year unit on the Spanish and Latin American short story. There I also served on the School of Languages and Cultures’ Research Committee. I joined the Spanish and Latin American Studies Program at Monash in June, 2012.


  • 2010     PhD, The University of Auckland.
  • 2005     MA in Spanish with First-Class Honours, The University of Auckland
  • 2003     BA in Spanish with First-Class Honours, The University of Auckland.

Teaching Qualifications

  • 2005     Certificate in Language Teaching to Adults (CLTA), Auckland University of Technology.