Professor Catherine Davies is Professor of Hispanic and Latin American Studies and the Director, Institute of Modern Languages Research at the School of Advanced Study. Her research interests are nineteenth- and twentieth-century Spanish and Spanish American history and literature.
Professor Davies gained her PhD at the University of Glasgow in 1984 and has since taught at the universities of St Andrews, Manchester and Queen Mary. Her research interests include gender and nationalism in Cuba and Spain, particularly the formation and transmission of liberal thought in 19th-century Spanish and Spanish American literature and cultural history. She has written a number of books including on abolitionism in Cuba and co-wrote South American Independence: Gender, Politics, Text, the first book to address gender in the history of the Wars of Independence.
During her time at Nottingham, Professor Davies took the lead role on two AHRC-funded projects, Gendering Latin American Independence 1790-1830 and Women and Independence in Latin America (WILA). The WILA initiative has been instrumental in the development of an interactive, community-driven online resource for academics and non-academics to share ideas and information about women’s involvement in independence in Latin America and its relevance today.