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Trained originally in Italian art history of the early modern period, I am now a specialist in Spanish visual studies, with particular interest in relations between the Spanish visual form of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the formation of the Spanish Empire. I am also interested in the interface between visual studies and discourses on slavery, human diversity and intellectual thought in early modern Spain.

My current research focuses on the overlooked area of the complex specificity of slave subjectivity in the visual form between the late fifteenth- and the eighteenth centuries in Spain and New Spain.

I have been part of three international collaborative projects at the University of Granada, Spain:

In 2009, I was interviewed for the programme Night Waves on BBC Radio 3 to review the exhibition of Spanish painting and sculpture (The Sacred Made Real) at The National Gallery in London. In 2011, I was interviewed by CNN online about the controversial case of Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, after he was found to have racially abused the Manchester United player Patrice Evra  http://edition.cnn.com/2011/12/20/sport/football/suarez-racism