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.