Dr Rhiannon McGlade

BA (Hons), MA, PhD

Special Supervisor

College Roles

  • Special Supervisor in Spanish

University Roles

  • Fellow in Modern Peninsular Spanish Literature and Culture at Robinson College, Section of Spanish and Portuguese (MMLL)


Email: rem71@cam.ac.uk


Dr Rhiannon McGlade is Fellow in Spanish and Catalan at Robinson College and Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge.

With a PhD in Hispanic Studies (University of Sheffield, 2013), Dr McGlade’s current research considers humour and identity politics in visual print media, literature, theatre, film and the press within a Hispanic context. She has published and presented broadly on these themes, including her book, Catalan Cartoons: A cultural and political history (University of Wales Press, 2016). Previous roles include: College Teaching Officer (Spanish and Portuguese, Christ’s); Research Associate of the AHRC-funded project “Multilingualism: Empowering Individuals, Transforming Societies” (University of Cambridge); and Lecturer of Catalan Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, where she was also the Director of the Centre for Catalan Studies.

Since 2019, she has been General Editor of the Journal of Catalan Studies.


Dr McGlade lectures and supervises across the MMLL Spanish and Catalan culture and language papers at UG and PG level.

Current/recent major projects include:

  • ‘In Visible Ink’: Humour, Gender and Sexual Dissidence in the Visual Print Media of Spain’s Long Transition’
  • ‘Between the Frames: Visual Print Media in Spain Since 1975’with Dr Bryan Cameron
  • ‘(Dis)articulating Identities: Multilingualism in the Catalan Countries’ with Prof Brad Epps (http://www.meits.org/project-strands/strand/strand-one)
  • ‘En català’, International impact project with Prof Dominic Keown (www.encatala.vives.org)
  • Spanish and Hispanophone coordinator: ‘The Global History and Significance of the Editorial Cartoon – From Print Revolution to Digital Dominance’

Research Interests

20th Century Spain

Catalan cultural and political history

Humour theory

Visual Print Media (Cartoons; Comics; Graphic Novels; ‘Zines)

Humour and identity