Dr Soledad Montanez

  • Lecturer in Spanish (Hispanic Studies)


Soledad works at the intersections of language, creativity and community engagement with migrant and minoritised communities in the UK.

Soledad's interdisciplinary work with the Latin American migrant communities, largely builds on her academic experience in Latin American cultural studies, visual cultures and gender studies.

Her research involves community planning, community engagement and community development, having (co)delivered several projects and research outputs, including a report for Southwark Council assessing the needs and challenges faced by the Latin American communities in the borough.

She is also the author and co-author of several scholarly pieces on Latin American cultural studies, published in such international peer-reviewed journals as Cinema Journal, Screen, Latin American Perspectives, and Studies in Hispanic Cinemas.

Before joining the University of Glasgow, Soledad lectured at the universities of St Andrews, Stirling, and the Open University in Scotland.





Research interests

  • Migrant communities
  • Multilingual communities
  • Community languages
  • Commmunity and Public Engagement
  • Civic engagement and participation
  • Grassroots organising
  • Languages and creativity
  • Language learning and teaching 
  • Inclusive language and practices
  • Latin American Communities in the UK
  • Latin American Cultural Studies
  • Gender studies


Soledad has been granted several research grants from both the public and third sector, such as The Carnegie Trust Fund, The Santander Fund, The Dorothy Sherman-Severin Research Fellowship for Early-Career Researchers in Luso-Hispanic Studies, The Gifford Scholarship (University of St Andrews), and several community funding grants, including two Big Lottery Fund grants to develop community art-based projects.


Soledad would welcome approaches from prospective doctoral students interested in developing projects related to her research interests.


Soledad has eighteen years of teaching experience at Higher Education in Scotland. Before joining the University of Glasgow, she taught at Universities of St Andrews and Stirling as well as at the Open University.

She has led the co-development of an English online course by and for Latin American women in partnership with the Latin American Women's Rights Service. Soledad has also developed a Spanish Intermediate course for Future Learn, which offers a decolonial perspective on language learning.

Additional information

For more information about Soledad's research, community work and community art projects, visit: https://mariasoledadmontanez.com/projects/