My interest in Latin American Studies began when I was living in Brazil in 1993. I then went on to do a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Spanish and Latin American Studies, before travelling extensively throughout South America. On my return I completed a Masters degree examining women writers during the dictatorships in Argentina and Brazil.I did my PhD at The University of Auckland and I moved focus to contemporary expressions of national identities in Brazilian cinema.
My discipline area is Latin American Studies with a special focus contemporary Latin American Cinema, in particular the development and representation of popular culture within film, specifically as it relates to representations of women and marginal social groups. Other areas of interest include female filmmakers in Latin America and issues of violence, gender representation and identity.
I am the Education co-ordinator in the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Arts Faculty Internship co-ordinator and I have recently been appointed the Director of Global Studies in the Faculty. I teach within the International Studies program. I am also an Honorary Associate Professor in the Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning at Warwick.
Since 2012 I have been collaborating with Dr Nick Monk and other colleagues on a cross-institutional undergraduate teaching project between Monash and Warwick using the international portal. We are currently developing a series of articles around our research with this form of teaching and our development of a ‘portal pedagogy’.