In September 2013 I joined the staff at the University of Liverpool as Senior Lecturer in Latin American Studies and, since 2015 I am Reader in Latin American Studies at Liverpool. I have taught Spanish, Latin American Cultural Studies, Film, and Digital Culture in the Higher Education sector since September 1999, at Waterford Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, University of Dublin, Trinity College and, most recently, at the University of Ulster since 2004 as a Lecturer and, from September 2010-August 2013, I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and Film at the University of Ulster.


  • Film Studies, Latin American Literature, Memory and Trauma and Cultural Production, Language Teaching, and Translation
  • Global Flows Summer School, July 2012, Bielefeld, Germany, see the blog here: http://globalflows12.wordpress.com/
  • Research Methods, Latin American Film, National and Transnational Cinema, and Cinema and the City.
  • Spanish Language (all levels), Area Studies and Film Studies.
  • Modules include: Translation studies at undergraduate and MA level, language (all levels), Latin America Culture, Politics and Society, Latin American Cinema, World Cinema, Critical Readings in Film Studies, and supervision and correction of undergraduate dissertations.

I have another blog, this one is about my various strategies to learn Portuguese: https://figuringthroughportuguese.wordpress.com/. I set it up to reflect on the process of language learning and to share on- and offline tools.



For undergraduate modules:

  • National University of Ireland, Galway 2017-2020
  • University of Glasgow 2016-2018
  • University of Leeds 2011-2015
  • University of Manchester 2011-2015
  • University of Liverpool 2007-2011

For doctoral degrees:

Helen McDonagh, “An Exploration of the Esoteric and Music in the Novels and Short Stories of Julio Cortázar”, University of Dublin, Trinity College, June 2014.

Francisca Sánchez Ortiz, “Re-Writing History, Ethnicity, Nationhood and Literary History in Nineteenth-Century California: A Study on the Works by María Amparo Ruiz de Burton”, University of Aberdeen, April 2012.

Sarah May O’Sullivan, “Ages of Masculinity. Versions of Canadian and Mexican Masculinities in Recent Cinemas”, University College Cork, 2011.

Nicole Sigl “Identity in Recent Québécois and Mexican Cinema”, Departments of Hispanic Studies and French, University College Cork, 2008.

Inmaculada Soriano García “Didáctica de la traducción y movilidad estudiantil”, Universidad de Granada, 2007.


“Blogging for Teaching and Reflection”, Histories, Languages and Cultures Teaching and Learning Symposium, Friday 11th November 2016.

Thornton, Niamh. “Going Beyond the Surface: the Function and Use of a Meta-Blog”, Centre for Higher Education Practice Annual Conference, Student Engagement: A Catalyst for Transformative Change, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus, 24th January 2013. Click here for presentation.

Thornton, Niamh. “Exploiting online video resources for vocabulary building”, Handbook of Good Practice in Multimedia Language Learning, 2008, available at: http://www.cemll.ulster.ac.uk/handbook/index.php.

“Apps, Ops and MP3s: Learning Languages on the Move”, Making Multimedia Work in the Digital Lab, University of Ulster, Belfast Campus, 18th September 2009.

“Using YouTube in the Classroom”, Centre for Excellence of Multimedia Language Learning workshop, Teaching and Learning Languages with Multimedia Coleraine and Magee campuses, 20-21 January 2009.

“Auditory Freeware”, Technology and Third Level Language Teaching Conference, University of Ulster, Coleraine, 17 May 2006.