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Dr Anja Louis


Since completing my undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Hispanic Studies at Birkbeck College (University of London), I have worked in both the private and public sectors throughout Europe. My professional experience includes managerial positions in international publishing, lectureships at higher education institutions both in the UK and Spain, and running an international coaching business. During my rich and varied working life I have led cross-cultural teams, managed international projects, worked on the design of computer programmes and delivered weekly cultural talks on a Hispanic radio programme. In the classroom I frequently introduce my own professional experience to provide students with real-life scenarios. My teaching style is centred on participatory forms of learning and I actively encourage self-directed inquiry or research. I am caring, creative and gregarious; I strive to motivate students to find their own voice and achieve their own forms of success. My teaching interests include: inquiry-based learning - the interface of teaching and coaching - film as a learning tool - cross-cultural awareness and transnational identity. My research is firmly grounded in Spanish Cultural Studies in its openness to interdisciplinarity and its celebration of popular culture. Previous projects have examined the representation of gender issues in popular culture through the prism of various law-and-culture debates. My monograph entitled Women and the Law: Carmen de Burgos, an Early Feminist (2005) was the first to apply the insights and methodology of the interdisciplinary field of law and culture in a Hispanic context. It analyses the representation of law in the work of twentieth-century Spanish feminist Carmen de Burgos (1867-1932) and argues that her narratives were used as a means of political propaganda. Most recently, I have co-edited a collection of essays (Louis and Sharp 2017) that brings together leading international specialists who offer new readings of Burgos's work. Subsequent, and on-going, studies analyse the representation of professional women in Spanish film and television, and ask to what extent these on-screen professionals are indicative of wider issues of patriarchal crisis. To what degree are they personifications of progress, embodiments of social justice and epithets of powerful career women?



  • 2013: Professional Qualification, Learning and Teaching, HEA
  • 2010: Advanced Certificate in Professional Coaching, Other
  • 2003: CELTA (Cert. in English Language Teaching to Adults), University of Cambridge
  • 2002: PhD Spanish Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London
  • 1995: Bachelor of Arts, Spanish Cultural Studies, Birkbeck, University of London

Member of professional body


  • 2014: , Higher Education Academy (HEA)


Department of Management

Sheffield Business School

Spanish Cultural Studies 

Languages Studies


Louis, A. (2020). Television, Justice and National Identity in Spain. Entertainment and Sports Law Journal.

Louis, A. (2020). The Mother of All Murder Mysteries: Los misterios de Laura. Modern Languages Open.

Journal articles

Louis, A. (2018). La identidad feminista en la obra de Carmen de Burgos. Estudios Romanicos, 27 (1), 33-48.

Louis, A. (2018). La identidad feminista en la obra de Carmen de Burgos. Estudios Románicos, 27, 33-48.

Louis, A. (2018). Private pain versus public shame: González Sinde’s female lawyer in La suerte dormida/Sleeping Luck (2003). Law and Humanities, 12 (1), 17-41.

Louis, A. (2012). Whatever Next? Women's Rights in Sáenz de Heredia's Los derechos de la mujer(1962). Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 89 (1), 87-104.

Louis, A. (2005). Inferior, superior or just different? A woman's sense of justice in Carmen de Burgos's El abogado. Hispanic Research Journal, 6 (1), 13-27.

Louis, A. (2004). Whose melodrama is it anyway? Women and the law in the work of Carmen de Burgos. Bulletin of Spanish Studies, 81 (6), 765-783.

Louis, A. (2001). Equality, difference and all that jazz: the infamous debate and a Spanish take on it. Griffith Law Review, 10 (2), 211-224.;res=IELHSS;issn=1038-3441

Louis, A. (1999). Carmen de Burgos and the Question of Divorce. Journal of Iberian and Latin American Studies, 5 (1), 49-63.

Book chapters

Louis, A. (2020). Mujeres en la televisión jurídica española. In Ríos Guardiola, M.G., Esteban Bernabé, E., & Hernández González, M.B. (Eds.) Creadoras de imágenes: Mujer y transmedialidad. (pp. 35-46). Vigo: Editorial Academia del Hispanismo

Louis, A. (2019). Carmen de Burgos, la revolucionaria legal de toda la vida. In Carmen de Burgos, Colombine, Hacia la modernidad. Junta de Andalucía

Louis, A., & Grantham, H. (2019). Cultural Intelligence and Community policing. In Akhgar, B., Bayerl, P.S., & Leventakis, G. (Eds.) Social Media Strategy in Policing: From Cultural Intelligence to Community Policing. (pp. 37-60). Cham, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing:

Louis, A. (2017). In search of feminist happiness: Burgos’s La entrometida. In Louis, A., & Sharp, M. (Eds.) Multiple modernities: Carmen de Burgos, author and activist. (pp. 127-146). Abingdon: Routledge:

Louis, A., & Sharp, M.M. (2017). Introduction: Multiple modernities: Carmen de Burgos, author and activist. In Louis, A., & Sharp, M. (Eds.) Multiple modernities: Carmen de Burgos, author and activist. (pp. 1-14). Abingdon: Routledge:

Louis, A. (2016). Spain. In Robson, P., & Schulz, J. (Eds.) A transnational study of law and justice on TV. Oxford: Hart:

Louis, A. (2012). Television divorce in post-Franco Spain: Anillos de oro(Wedding Rings). In Law and Justice on the Small Screen. (pp. 347-359). Oxford: Hart:

Louis, A. (2010). Carmen de Burgos. In The Literary Enciclopedia.

Louis, A. (2009). TV Lawyers in 1980s Spain. In Asimow, M. (Ed.) Lawyers in your Living Room. American Bar Association

Louis, A. (2002). Melodramatic feminism : the popular fiction of Carmen de Burgos. In Labanyi, J. (Ed.) Constructing identity in contemporary Spain : theoretical debates and cultural practice. (pp. 94-112). Oxford: Oxford University Press:


Hall, C., Louis, A., Rawsthorne, A., & Liew, P. (2014). Bridging The Gap. [dvd, online Video]. Sheffield Hallam University:


Louis, A. (2019). Mujeres en la televisión jurídica española (invited paper). Presented at: ‘Mujer, Prensa, y Comunicación’ Conference, Murcia University, 2019

Louis, A. (2018). Success Made in Spain (invited paper). Presented at: Watching the Transnational Detectives: Showcasing Identity and Internationalism on British Television’ Conference, Institute of Modern Languages Research, London, 2018

Louis, A. (2018). Regenerating community policing: cultural intelligence as the way forward or California dreaming? Presented at: Critical Legal Conference, Milton Keynes, 2018

Louis, A. (2017). Screens of Justice: Spanish police dramas.

Louis, A. (2017). Modernidades multiples: Arte y Libertad.

Louis, A. (2017). Las modernidades múltiples de Carmen de Burgos (keynote). Presented at: Carmen de Burgos Anniversary Conference 'Arte y Libertad', Murcia University, 2017

Louis, A. (2017). A Transnational Study of Law and Justice on TV. Presented at: Annual conference of the Association of Law, Culture and the Humanities, Stanford Law School, Stanford CA, 2017

Louis, A. (2016). What Now? Modern Languages in a post-Brexit World.

Louis, A. (2016). Private Pain vs Public Shame.

Louis, A. (2016). Female Lawyers as Epithets of Powerful Career Women.

Louis, A. (2014). Burgos's 'New Women: La mujer moderna y sus derechos (1927)'.

Louis, A. (2014). Cultural Intelligence: From Theory to Practice, From Classroom to Year Abroad in the Workplace.

Louis, A. (2014). Burgos’s New Women: La mujer moderna y sus derechos (keynote). Presented at: The Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Conference, University of Kentucky, 2014

Louis, A. (2009). Imagining Divorce in Post-Franco Spain.

Louis, A. (2009). The Love of Law vs the Law of Love: Sáenz de Heredia's Female Lawyers.

Louis, A. (2009). Patriarchy in Crisis: Female Lawyers under Franco.

Louis, A. (2009). Lawyers and Democracy in Anillos de Oro/Wedding Rings.

Louis, A. (2008). Real or Imagined Loneliness of Abused Women.

Louis, A. (2008). Durmiendo con su enemigo: Representaciones de violencia doméstica en el cine español/Sleeping with the Enemy: Gender Violence in Spanish Cinema (keynote, guest lectures and workshops).

Louis, A. (2007). Women, Melodrama and the Law (invited paper). Presented at: Hispanic Studies Research Seminar, University of Cork

Louis, A. (2007). Representation of Female Lawyers under Franco (invited paper). Presented at: Modern Languages Research Seminar, University of Birmingham

Louis, A. (2007). Burgos’s New Women (invited paper). Presented at: International Symposium on ‘Women, Literature and the Public Sphere, Spain 1900-1940, Royal Holloway, University of London

Louis, A. (2005). Whatever Next? Giving Women Equal Rights in Early Twentieth-Century Spain (invited paper). Presented at: Disciplining Discourses: Conflict, Conversation and Issues of Authority in Spanish Cultural and Intellectual Life’ Conference, University of Cambridge, 2005

Louis, A. (2002). Whose Melodrama is it Anyway? Women and the Law in Burgos’s novellas (invited paper). Presented at: 'Alternative Discourses in Early Twentieth-Century Spain: Intellectuals, Dissent, and Subcultures of Mind and Body’ Conference, University of Cambridge, 2002

Other publications

Louis, A. (2009). Take my Eyes: Gender Violence in Spanish Culture. Liverpool: Iberian and Latin American Studies

Other activities


  • 1998: British Federation of Women Graduates Research Award, British Federation of Women Graduates
  • 1996: AHRC Studentship, Birkbeck, University of London

HEA fellow or senior fellow

  • 2014: HEA Fellowship, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

Research funding or grant

  • 2007: British Academy Overseas Conference Grant, British Academy
  • 1998: Central Research Fund Travel Grant, University of London

Postgraduate supervision

Completed supervisions

  • 2005:PhD supervision (5 students)

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