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Anja Louis

Dr Anja Louis FHEA, PGCLTHE, BA (Hons)

Reader in Cultural and Intercultural Studies


I am Reader in Cultural Studies (Centre for Culture, Media and Society), and the university’s REF co-coordinator for UoA34. Firmly aligning with gender studies’ inherent motivation to turn knowledge into activism, I have published widely in the fields of gender, law and culture, critically framing popular culture as a catalyst for socio-political debates. I am currently working on two book projects: a monograph on Gender and Television in Spain, and a co-edited book on Transnational Gender and TV.


My research is firmly grounded in Cultural Studies in its openness to interdisciplinarity and its celebration of popular culture.  My monograph Women and the Law: Carmen de Burgos, an Early Feminist is a seminal study on the Spanish feminist. I have also co-edited a collection of essays that brings together world-leading and internationally emerging scholars who offer new readings of Burgos’s pivotal position in European feminist thought (Multiple Modernities: Carmen de Burgos, Author and Activist). 
Subsequent studies analysed the representation of professional women in Spanish film and television and asked 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?



Department of Management

Sheffield Business School


Lived interculturality in HE 

Subject Area 

Spanish Cultural Studies


Courses Taught 

BA Languages & Cultures with International Business
BA Languages & Cultures with TESOL
BA Languages & Cultures with Tourism

Modules Taught

DBA taught modules: cross-cultural research
Contemporary European Studies
Spanish Contemporary and Professional Studies
Intercultural Development
Interculturality in Practice


Current Research 

I am currently working on two book projects: a monograph on Gender and Television in Spain, and a co-edited book on Transnational Gender and TV.



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. (2022). Transnational success made in Spain. Modern Languages Open, 1 (7).

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

I am on the editorial board of the International Journal of Law and Society.
I am external examiner at the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies, University of Nottingham.


Postgraduate supervision

I invite PhD/DBA applications in the following areas: Cultural Studies; the intersection of law and culture;  gender and leadership; interculturality.
I currently supervise four PhD/DBA candidates who work on issues of female leadership.
Past supervision has included PhDs on female writers and artists. 


Completed supervisions

  • 2005:PhD supervision (5 students)

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