Dr Marina Pérez de Arcos
Marina is Coordinator of Spanish Studies at Oxford, a multidisciplinary programme that brings together all Spain-related research at the University of Oxford. She read History (First) and Economics, and holds an MPhil and a DPhil in International Relations (IR) from the University of Oxford.
Marina is a also Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford, and a Research Fellow at the Rothermere American Institute, an institution of the University of Oxford dedicated to the interdisciplinary and comparative study of the United States, and a Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford. She has convened several seminars and invited top speakers, including former Vice President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia and President of Spanish National Heritage, Alfredo Pérez de Armiñán.
Marina straddles two disciplines: IR and International History. She currently teaches several IR papers at Oxford and several International History undergraduate courses at the LSE, where she started teaching International History since 1890, European Integration and the Cold War last year. Marina won the 2018 LSE International History Faculty Best Teacher Award.
Marina was among other awards, winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Osma Studentship, the Santander Humanities Award, the Rothermere American Institute’s Politics Scholarship - she was the first Hispanic to ever win the scholarship, the Charterhouse Scholarship, the Cyril Foster Studentship, the Department of Politics and International Relations Studentship, as well as the St Cross College Award during the doctorate.
Her DPhil thesis looked at Spain’s key foreign policy challenges during the late Cold War, namely: Spain’s continued NATO membership, negotiations to join the European Economic Community, and the rebalance of US-Spain relations. She is currently working on turning the thesis into a successful book.
Marina is currently involved in several research projects, including ‘Letters to the King’, which looks at King Alfonso XIII of Spain’s humanitarian policy during WWI, a comparative study of former West German Chancellor Willy Brandt and former President of Spain Felipe González, as well as a piece comparing the 2016 EU referendum in Britain with the 1986 NATO referendum in Spain, and has just finished writing a piece on Spanish diplomat, politician, and philanthropist Guillermo de Osma, who established almost a century ago the first Spanish Studentship at Oxford .
Marina is co-founder and co-convenor of the Global Thinkers of the International Discussion Series, which seeks to emphasise the ‘global’ dimensions of International Relations thought, and highlight the importance of history and intellectual diversity in IR.
In addition to her commitment to research and teaching, Marina has also a keen interest in policy making, and has worked in the French local government and at the Presidency of Spain, where she was presidential advisor on G20 matters.
She sits on the BritishSpanish Society Executive Council (Alumni Officer), an over century-old charity that promotes links between Britain and Spain.
Marina is regularly asked to comment on European politics and foreign affairs related matters for English and Spanish-speaking media outlets, including the BBC, RTVE, El Clarín and La Nación (Argentina).
Marina is fluent in Spanish, French, and English, understands academic Italian and German (B2 level) and learnt Portuguese over the summer in Lisbon (and can now pass off as Portuguese) for her research on current UN Secretary General, António Guterres. Thanks to her many trips to India, including a British Council scholarship in Delhi and Bombay, and the many Bollywood movies she’s seen over the years, she also has some knowledge of Hindi.
Marina has been a visiting researcher at several academic institutions, including Sciences Po-Paris, Humboldt University-Berlin, the Willy Brandt Foundation, and the New University of Lisbon, and has presented at several prestigious academic conferences. Most recently, she was asked to deliver the Blanco-White Series inaugural address on British-Spanish relations in London, while her paper on the origins of the British Council in Spain during the Second World War was nominated for the 2018 Best Paper Award at ISA (International Studies Association) in San Francisco.