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Professor in Spanish Studies, University of Leeds

Duncan read Spanish and Philosophy at Wadham College, University of Oxford (2000-2004). He continued at Oxford to complete his Masters (2004-2005) at St Catherine´s College, and his doctoral thesis (2005-2009) at Wolfson College. Following a year as stipendiary lecturer at The Queen´s College, he came to Leeds where he was awarded a 2-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship in 2010; he re-joined the Faculty as a lecturer in 2012, and was promoted to an Associate and then a Full Professorship in 2013 and 2017 respectively. Duncan has a variety of research interests but they tend to be united by a continual preoccupation with the interrelationship between cultural institutions, art, politics and memory in contemporary and Early-Modern Spain. He co-convenes the Centre for European Popular Music Studies at the University of Leeds, and has published widely on popular music in both academic and journalistic outlets. His book, "Spanish Songs of the Transition", is forthcoming with Liverpool University Press. He has published academic work on rock musicals such as "Bat out of Hell" and an article which compares Spanish superstar Raphael to Meat Loaf.


  • –present
    Associate Professor in Spanish Studies, University of Leeds