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Jennifer Nelson

Dr Jennifer Nelson

Lecturer in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies

School of Modern Languages

+44 29208 74585
66a Park Place, Room 1.24, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
Available for postgraduate supervision


I am a Lecturer in Portuguese and Lusophone Studies in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies.

My research broadly focuses on the comparative study of nineteenth century Latin American history. I'm interested in identity formation in the African Diaspora and interconnectivity and exchange between Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. My research has led me to examine the British antislavery campaign in its international context, principally in Brazil and Cuba in the nineteenth century.



I teach on a broad range of undergraduate modules, including a final year module that can be studied by students from across the school. I teach history and culture modules with a transnational scope and framework in the first and second year of the Portuguese degree programme. I am also involved in language teaching delivery across the Portuguese degree programme. 

Final year students interested in a dissertation topic related to the history and culture of the Portuguese-speaking world are welcome to enquire about supervision. 


I joined the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies Department in Cardiff at the end of 2018. I have previously taught for short periods at Queen's University Belfast, Leeds Beckett University and at the University of Bristol. I received a PhD in Latin American History from the University of Leeds in 2015. 

Before starting at Cardiff, I spent some time living in Portugal and I have also lived in Brazil as a student and as a researcher.

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