CLAS welcomes Dr Niamh Thornton as a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies. She has previously worked at the Waterford Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, Trinity College Dublin, and, since 2004 the University of Ulster in Hispanic Studies and Film.
Niamh has a particular focus on Mexican and Chicana/o film, literature and digital cultures (Internet, social networking sites, YouTube etc). Her key interest is the representations of conflict and issues of identities and belonging. She has published extensively. Her most recent monograph, Revolution and Rebellion in Mexican Film, examines Mexican films of politicalconflict from the early studio Revolutionary films of the 1930-50s up to thecampaigning Zapatista filmsof the 2000s. Also coming out in October 2013,
co-edited with Catherine Leen, NUI, Maynooth, is International Perspectives on Chicana/o Studies: This World is My Place. The book provides a survey of the field of Chicana/o Studies from a broad range of perspectives and geographical locations from Santa Barbara to Siberia via Spain and Ireland. She has contributed a chapter on the quinceañera (a party
celebrating a girl’s coming of age at fifteen) in literature and film. Her current projects include a consideration of film stars in Mexican cinema, the curation of self (selves) online and the use of films in commemorative events. She is active online and can be found on her website, where she regularly blogs on issues related to her research, or on Twitter.