Christopher Hull

Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Chester

Chris arrived in the Modern Languages Department at the University of Chester in September 2013. Before that he taught in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies at the University of Nottingham from 2004 to 2013.

During this time he also taught various modules at Nottingham Trent University (2008–13), the University of Warwick (2008–09 & 2005–06), the University of Leeds (2007–08), and the University of Bristol (2009). Chris has travelled very widely in Latin America. He taught English as a foreign language in Brazil for a year in 1993, studied in Cuba and Portugal in 1997–98, and more recently has presented academic conference papers in the UK, the United States, and Cuba.

At university level he has taught core modules in Spanish language at various levels, in addition to courses in Latin American history, Cuban history, and on extended essay and dissertation student projects. He has also taught on a summer course in Pre-Sessional English for Academic Purposes, and Spanish and Latin American Area Studies courses at a residential college for ‘gifted & talented’ sixth-form students near Cambridge.

He recently completed a mini-biography on Graham Greene and Cuba. It analyses the British writer’s pre- and post-revolutionary visits to the Caribbean island, his iconic 1958 espionage novel 'Our Man in Havana' (and its 1959 film version), his wartime experience in MI6 and fictional portrayal of British intelligence, and views on Fulgencio Batista’s U.S.-backed dictatorship and Fidel Castro’s Communist Revolution. He also plans to focus on Graham Greene’s other Latin America-based novels and non-fiction books.

Chris’s doctoral research focused on the subject of Anglo-Cuban relations (1898–1964), the subject of his first published book. He continues to be interested in diplomatic (or international) history, especially Anglo-American interactions concerning Latin America.

Experience

  • 2013–present
    Senior Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies, University of Chester, UK

Education

  • 2009 
    University of Nottingham, PhD

Publications

  • 2019
    Our Man Down in Havana: The Story Behind Graham Greene’s Cold War Spy Novel, Pegasus
  • 2013
    British Diplomacy and US Hegemony in Cuba, 1898–1964 , Palgrave Macmillan