Matt Hilborn BA (Oxon) MA (Dunelm) PhD (Dunelm) recently completed his AHRC-funded doctorate in Spanish at Durham University, exploring the influence of humour in Spanish cinema. More concretely, his research examined how comedic language can reshape national and political identity within countries ravaged by dictatorship.
Passionate about the power of rhetoric and oracy in both politics and education, he has led full-day workshops on presentation skills and wellbeing at Durham and Oxford universities, has lectured on Undergraduate modules for three years running, and has taught both Spanish and Debating part-time at all educational levels across the past five years.
An enthusiastic, bilingual debater and public speaker who has competed regionally in both languages, Matt’s passion for the ESU was kindled when leading a teenage team to the Schools’ Mace, and thereafter when debating and judging for the Oxford Union, and when coaching various teams to our three main public speaking competitions.
During his PhD, Matt co-ran the London Spanish Film Festival and interviewed several comedians including the entire cast of Gavin & Stacey, Catherine Bohart, Joe Wilkinson, Alexander Armstrong, and Paco León.
In his free time Matt enjoys watching cricket, catchy musicals, classic film (particularly Billy Wilder), and is a keen pool and snooker player.