Professorship for Wadham alum

13th June 2017

News, Alumni news

Wadham alumnus Duncan Wheeler (Philosophy and Spanish, 2000) has been promoted to the chair of Spanish Studies at the University of Leeds.

Professor Wheeler, who completed his undergraduate degree at Wadham, continued at Oxford to complete his Masters at St Catherine´s College, and his doctoral thesis at Wolfson College.

Following a year as stipendiary lecturer at The Queen´s College, he went to Leeds where he was awarded a two-year Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowship in 2010; he re-joined the Faculty as a lecturer in 2012, and was promoted to an Associate and then a Full Professorship in 2013 and 2017 respectively.

Duncan’s research interests, which range from golden age drama and prose fiction to popular music, are united by a continual preoccupation with the interrelationship between cultural institutions, art, politics and memory in contemporary and Early-Modern Spain.

In January 2016, he was awarded a University Student Education Fellowship in recognition of his innovative teaching of theatre and translation, and in order to allow him to further develop their integration into undergraduate degree programmes.

His research and teaching of theatre led him to being the first non-Hispanic academic to be inducted into the Spanish Academy of Stage Arts in September 2016. In addition to supervising individual MA and PhD students, Duncan is a former course-director of the SLCS's Postgraduate Research Training Module; has examined and supervised students from Spain studying for a European doctorate; and has been an invited postgraduate instructor at both the Universidad Carlos III (Madrid) and UCLA (Los Angeles).

Among his fond memories of Wadham is being Best Man at Wadham Chapel for his former fellow undergraduate David Matthews (French and Spanish, 2000).

“He has ended up as top tax man, so goes to show the different paths modern languages can take one”, commented Duncan.

Both Duncan and David were students of Wadham Emeritus Fellow, Robin Fiddian.