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Ben Bollig

BA Nott, MA, PhD KCL, MA Oxf

I teach all areas of Spanish language and literature to first-year students. To second and final-years I teach modern Latin American literature and film, as well as Spanish language (in particular translation from Spanish).

About me
I studied Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Nottingham, and then took an MA in Latin American Cultural Studies and a PhD in Argentine literature at King’s College, London. I went on to work as a lecturer at universities in London and then for five years at the University of Leeds, before joining Catz in 2011. In 2016 I became Professor of Spanish American Literature. 

I work on contemporary literature and film in Latin America. In 2016, with the aid of a Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, I published Politics and Public Space in Contemporary Argentine Poetry. The Lyric and the State. My other recent books include a translation of Cristian Aliaga's The Foreign Passion (London: Influx, 2016) and, with Alejandra Crosta, a volume of new British poetry in Spanish translation, Antropófagos en las islas, published in Argentina by Espacio Hudson. I recently co-edited Latin American Cultural Studies: A Reader for Routledge. I am an editor of Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies and a member of the advisory board for the Patagonian cultural supplement El extremo sur – Confines. With Joanne Ferrari (Taylor Institution Library) I curated the exhibition Brave New Books, a display about new publishing from Latin America, in the Bodleian Proscholium. 

Graduate supervision
I have supervised graduate students at Masters and PhD level on modern and contemporary literature, culture and film in Latin America, and would welcome prospective students in these areas.

Other college responsibilities
Director of Studies, Modern Languages (from Michaelmas 2017); Director of Studies, Spanish; Director of Studies, Oriental Studies (from Michaelmas 2017).


Fellow and Tutor in Spanish
Professor of Spanish American Literature
Director of Studies for Oriental Studies
Associate Lecturer in Spanish, St John's College Oxford.


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Master of St Catherine's

Roger Ainsworth

Professor of Engineering Science

I became Master of St Catherine's in October 2002, having been a Fellow in Engineering of the College since 1985. Originally I trained as an undergraduate apprentice with Rolls-Royce Aeroengines in Derby, before attending Jesus College Oxford as an undergraduate and postgraduate, and obtaining a D.Phil in 1976.

After ten years in industry, working for Rolls-Royce and also the Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, I returned to Oxford to continue my research in the field of aeroengine thermofluid flows. My main interest has been in the development of experimental techniques for measuring flows in the transonic regime, particularly applied to gas turbines. Other areas of interest have included the development of laser velocimetry techniques, and the history of technology, particularly the role of mechanical engineers in developing and inventing new machines.

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