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Dr Andrew Dowling

Dr Andrew Dowling

Reader in Hispanic Studies

School of Modern Languages

+44 (0)29 2087 5608
1.12, 66a Park Place, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3AS
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I am a contemporary historian working in the Hispanic Studies Department within the School of Modern Languages and joined Cardiff University in 2002 from the Department of History at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to this, I spent seven years in the city of Barcelona, where I completed my doctorate. My research has centred on Catalan history in the 20th century and in particular, the political articulation of Catalan nationalism under both the Franco dictatorship and democratic Spain. My current research is centred on the emergence of pro-independence mobilisation in Catalonia and I have completed a research monograph for Routledge on this subject.. In November 2016 I was a writer-in-residence at the Faber Residency, Olot and will be leading a residential project on Nationalism at Faber in September 2018.

I am on the Editorial Board of the journal Dictatorship and Democracies.

I teach courses on the modern and contemporary history of Spain, as well as on Basque, student and labour protest culture in Spain for a School-wide module and, co-ordinate a post-graduate pathway on ‘Nationalism in Europe’.

I am Programme Director for the Hispanic Studies Department.

I lead the School Research Unit centred on Conflict, Disaster and Development.

I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students on any area of modern Catalan history and politics, nationalism in Spain and theoretical approaches to nationalism.





  • Dowling, A. 2016. A tale of two cities. Madrid and Barcelona. In: Cole, A. and Payre, R. eds. Cities as Political Objects. Historical Evolution, Analytical Categorisations and Institutional Challenges of Metropolitanisation.. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 79-95.










  • Introduction to Spain (Year One) Coordinator
  • Politics and Society in Spain (Four)
  • Spain 1898-1975 (Year Two)
  • May 68: Marking Changes in European Politics and Culture (Year Four)
  • Business Spanish (Year Two)


  • Nationalism in Europe (Co-ordinator)
  • MA European Studies
  • MA Translation Studies
  • Research Methods and Skills