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Dr Tom Whittaker

Associate Professor and Head of Hispanic Studies

Tel: +44 (0)24 761 50650
Email: t dot whittaker at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office 417, Humanities Building, University Road
University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL


Tom joined Warwick as a specialist in Spanish film and cultural studies in 2017, after holding lectureships in Hispanic Studies at the University of Liverpool and Film Studies at Kingston University. Tom has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Georgia (US) and the University of Iceland. He is Reviews Editor of Studies in Spanish and Latin American Cinemas, co-editor of the Screen Arts issue for Hispanic Research Journal, and sits on the editorial board for the series Moving Image for Legenda. Tom is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

Tom has published widely on Spanish film, with much of his recent research focussing on sound in Spanish film and culture. He also has an interest in landscape, architecture, movement and cinematic geographies in Spanish and Latin American cinema. Tom welcomes prospective PhD students in any of these areas.

Current projects

Tom's latest monograph The Spanish Quinqui Film: Delinquency, Sound, Sensation is the first English-language study of cine quinqui, a series of popular Spanish films made in the late 1970s and early 1980s which starred real-life juvenile delinquents. Through drawing on a diverse range of materials which range from media texts to crime reports, from radio cassettes to criminological and sociological studies on delinquency, the book provides a social history of marginal communities whose voices have most often been unheard in critical studies of Spain's transition to democracy.

He has recently co-edited two special journal issues: 'Spanish Sound Studies' for Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies with Samuel Llano, and 'Contemporary Spanish Screen Media and Responses to Crisis and Aftermath' with Chris Perriam for Hispanic Research Journal.

Administrative roles

  • Head of Hispanic Studies
  • Director of Research (Hispanic Studies)

Authored and edited books

Edited journal issues


  • 'Accelerated Rhythms and Sonic Routes: Mapping the sound cultures of bakalao', Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2019, 20 (3)
  • 'Crime, Knowledge and the Photographic Object in La isla mínima', Hispanic Research Journal, 2018, 19 (1)
  • ‘Ghostly Resonance: Sound, memory, and matter in Las olas and Dies d’agost’, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2015, 15 (3)
  • ‘Of Machines and Routines: Mundane rhythms and sounds in Whisky and Párpados azules’, Journal of Film and Video, 2015, 67 (2)
  • ‘Locating ‘la voz’: The sound and space of Spanish dubbing’, Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies, 2012, 13 (3), 292-305
  • 'Between the Pretty and the Dirty: Bodies in Utopia in Pretty Dirty Things', Journal of International Cultural Studies, 2011, 14 (2), pp 121-134
  • ‘Producing Resistance: Elías Querejeta’s political landscapes’, Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, 52, Summer 2010
  • ‘Frozen Soundscapes in Control and Radio On’, Journal of British Cinema and Television, 6 (3), 2009, pp. 424–436
  • ‘No-man’s Land: The transitional time and space of the Spanish delinquent in Carlos Saura’s Deprisa, deprisa’, Bulletin of Hispanic Studies, 85 (5), 2008, pp. 679 – 694

Book chapters

  • 'Elevators and the Poetics of Vertical Mobility in Spanish Film' in (ed.) Susan Larson, Architecture and the Urban in Spanish Film (Intellect, 2020)
  • ‘Sonorous flesh: The visual and aural erotics of skin in Eloy de la Iglesia’s quinqui films’, in (ed.) Santiago Fouz-Hernández, Spanish Erotic Cinema (Edinburgh University Press, 2017)
  • ‘Woody’s Spanish “Double”: Vocal performance, ventriloquism and the sound of dubbing’ in (eds.) Tom Whittaker and Sarah Wright, Locating the Voice in Film: Critical Approaches and Global Practices (Oxford University Press, 2016)
  • ‘The Sounds of José Luis López Vázquez: Vocal performance, gesture and technology’ in (eds.) Tom Whittaker, Alejandro Melero Salvador & Dean Albritton, Performance in Spanish Cinema (Manchester University Press, 2016)
  • ‘Palimpsests of Violence, Palimpsests of Genre: La noche de los girasoles’ in (eds.) María Delgado and Robin Fiddian, Spanish Cinema 1973-2010: Auteurism, Politics, Landscape and Memory (Manchester University Press, 2014)
  • ‘Mobile Soundscapes in the Quinqui Film’ in (eds.) Lisa Shaw and Rob Stone, Screening Songs in Hispanic and Lusophone Cinema (Manchester University Press, 2013)
  • ‘Out of Place, Out of Synch: Errant movement and rhythm in Buñuel’s Mexican comedies of the 1950s’ in (eds.) Rob Stone and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla, The Companion to Luis Buñuel (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013)
  • 'The Politics of Pathos in Gary Cooper, que estás en los cielos' in (eds.), Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla and Parvati Nair, Hispanic and Lusophone Women Filmmakers (Manchester University Press, 2013)


  • PGCert in Higher Education, University of Liverpool, 2016
  • PhD in Film Studies, University of London, 2008
  • MA in Spanish Studies, University of London, 2003
  • BA (Hons) in Hispanic Studies and French, University of London, 2002

Virtual office hours


Term 1

Wednesday 9am-11am

Term 2

Tuesdays 1pm-3pm

Term 3

Wednesdays 10am-12pm