Dr Patricia Rodríguez-Martínez has both Colombian and British nationalities and has been educated at universities in both countries.

Her first degrees are in Modern Languages and in Translation and Interpretation Studies from the Universidad Pedagógica Nacional de Colombia and Universidad del Rosario in Bogotá. She also has postgraduate qualifications in Linguistics and in Contemporary Latin American Literature from the Universities of Reading and Bristol respectively. She was awarded her PhD at Swansea University in 2011.

She first joined Hispanic Studies in September 2000 as a Language Tutor teaching Business Spanish.She is currently attached to the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting, where she is Director of Interpreting Studies and teaches on both the BA and MA in Translation and Interpreting programmes.

Patricia has recently been awarded the Senior Fellowship of Higher Education Academy as well as the Award for Embedding Sustainability in Education.


Her research interests focus on Afro-Colombian Poetry. Her PhD thesis: 'Guerreros y liberadores en la poesía afrolatinoamericana. Términos, teorías y transiciones. Estudio de caso: Mundo poético de Juan Zapata Olivella', has been published in Colombia. 

Another area of interest is Translation and Interpreting theory, teaching and material development. She has been an examiner for the Institute of Linguists' Diploma in Public Service Interpreting (DPSI), and is currently a mentor and module coordinator of Swansea's PSI modules (Local Government, Law and Health Options).

She had also written several books for the Open University Diploma in Spanish, together with other teaching material, both as Author and as Consultant Author.

In Colombia she had published several English for Specific Purposes booklets (Education, Economics, Computer Science and Medicine) for Universidad Gran Colombia and Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano, both in Bogotá.

Patricia is now an Associate Director of CEPSAM, Centre for the Comparative Studies of Portugal, Spain and the Americas at Swansea and a member of LASA, Latin American Studies Association,  SLAS, Society for Latin American Studies and SCS, Society for Caribbean Studies. She is also interested in Outreach activities that impact the community as a whole, and is involved with Swansea University Open World Research Initiative (OWRI). She also played a major role in ALAS - Asociación Latinoamericana de Swansea - until its dissolution in July 2011. 


  1. Rodriguez-Martinez, P. Términos, Teorías y Transiciones en la Poesía Afrocolombiana: Mundo Poético: Juan Zapata Olivella Editorial Buena Semilla, Bogotá.
  2. Rodriguez-Martinez, P. La voz de Edelma Zapata Pérez - Poeta afrocolombiana in Hijas del Muntu - Biografías críticas de mujeres afrodescendientes de América Latina. Hijas del Muntu - Biografías críticas de mujeres afrodescendientes de América LatinaPanamericana Editorial Ltda.
  3. Rodriguez-Martinez, P. Juan Zapata Olivella, “el guerrero de lo imaginario” colombiano’, in “Chambacú, la historia la escribes tú”: Ensayos sobre cultura afrocolombiana. “Chambacú, la historia la escribes tú”: Ensayos sobre cultura afrocolombiana (pp. 103-132). Madrid & Frankfurt
  4. Rodriguez-Martinez, P. 'El niño blanco que quería ser negro y las polaridades raciales en Colombia'. In Proceedings of the XV Congreso de colombianistas: “Independencia e Independencias”Asociación de Colombianistas.
  5. Rodriguez-Martinez, P. 'Los resultados de un estudio de concordancia de Mundo poético de Juan Zapata Olivella'. In Memorias del VII Seminario Internacional de Estudios del CaribeInstituto de Estudios del Caribe.


  • MLS160BW Iaith Sbaeneg 1B

    Mae'r modiwl hwn yn gosod sylfaen ar gyfer astudio Sbaeneg ar lefel uwch, a fydd yn galluogi myfyrwyr i feithrin y sgiliau sy'n angenrheidiol i ddefnyddio Sbaeneg mewn amgylchiadau cyffredinol a phroffesiynol. Nod y modiwl yw atgyfnerthu ac ymestyn y sgiliau a ddatblygwyd gan fyfyrwyr wrth astudio am Safon Uwch (neu gymhwyster cyfwerth) ac yn MLS160A a hwyluso datblygiad eu hyfedredd ieithyddol. Mae'n canolbwyntio ar ddatblygu rhuglder a chywirdeb wrth siarad ac ysgrifennu Sbaeneg ymhellach,gan sefydlu dealltwriaeth ramadegol gadarn o'r iaith ac ymestyn geirfa'r myfyrwyr i'w galluogi i ddarllen, ysgrifennu, dehongli a siarad am faterion sy'n berthnasol i gymdeithas a diwylliant Hisbaenaidd cyfoes. Bydd y modiwl yn ceisio gwella cyflogadwyedd myfyrwyr drwy gyflwyno'r syniadau sydd ynghlwm wrth Ddatblygu Cynaliadwy iddynt yn Sbaeneg, gan ddarparu sylfaen yng ngeirfa a defnydd Sbaeneg mewn cyd-destunau sy'n ymwneud â datblygu cynaliadwy. Cynhelir y dosbarthiadau yn Sbaeneg yn bennaf. Mae'r modiwl hwn yn cael ei astudio'n aml ar y cyd ag MLS160AW. Mae fersiwn cyfrwng Saesneg o'r modiwl hwn ar gael hefyd, sef MLS160B. This module is the foundation of advanced level study of Spanish which will equip students with the skills needed to use Spanish in general and professional environments. The module aims to consolidate and extend the language skills developed by students at A level (or equivalent) and in MLS160A and to facilitate their progress in linguistic competence. It concentrates on further developing fluency and accuracy in written and spoken Spanish, establishing a firm grammatical understanding of the language, and extending students¿ vocabulary to read, write, interpret and speak about issues related to contemporary Hispanic society and culture. The module aims to enhance students¿ employability by introducing them to the ideas underlying Sustainable Development (SD) in Spanish, providing a grounding in the vocabulary and use of Spanish in SD-related contexts. Classes are mainly conducted in Spanish. It is typically taken in conjunction with MLS160A. There is also a Welsh-medium version of this module: MLS160BW.



    Other supervisor: Prof Andrew Rothwell