Research Affiliates

The following international academics in Sexuality and Gender Studies work in collaboration with researchers at Birmingham and enjoy a special relationship with our research network:

  • Dr Andrew Asibong, Senior Lecturer in French, Birkbeck, University of London, UK
    Keywords: spectral kinship, 'blank' subjectivities and sexualities, queer object relations
  • Dr Meg Barker, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, The Open University, UK
    Keywords: openly non-monogamous relationships; BDSM (bondage and discipline, dominance and submission, sadism and masochism); bisexuality; sex and relationship therapy; self-help literature; communication and consent; non-binary gender
  • Dr Heike Bauer, Senior Lecturer in English and Gender Studies Birkbeck, University of London, UK
    Keywords: histories of gender and sexuality since the nineteenth century; cultural and critical theory; sexology; translation; queer, lesbian and women’s writing & graphic narratives
  • Dr Lara Cox, Postdoctoral Researcher, Université Paris VII (Diderot)
    Keywords: "French feminism"; gender and French cinema stardom; feminism, irony, and American stand-up comedy; psychoanalytic approaches to gender and sexuality (Lacanian and Freudian)
  • Prof. Peter Cryle, Emeritus Professor, Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, Australia
    Keywords: history of sexuality; Michel Foucault; frigidity; normality
  • Dr Oliver Davis, Associate Professor of French, University of Warwick, UK
    queer theory (AHRC-funded project with Hector Kolias on Queer Theory in France); homosexuality in modern and contemporary French literature; continental philosophy
  • Prof. Tim Dean, Professor of English and Comparative Literature, SUNY-Buffalo, USA
    Keywords: barebacking; queer theory; psychoanalysis; Michel Foucault; pornography; sexual practice; consent; disgust
  • Prof. Dennis Denisoff, Professor of English, Ryerson University, Canada
    Keywords: aesthetics and politics of Decadence; gay male prose; sexual visuality
  • Alex Dymock, Doctoral candidate, School of Law, University of Reading
    Keywords: crimino-legal status of sex and its representations; feminist theory; queer theory; history of genders and sexualities; constructions of the sex offender.
  • Dr Bart Eeckhout, Associate Professor of English and American Literature, University of Antwerp, Belgium
    Keywords: representations of sexuality and gender in English and American literature; queer theory; transnational LGBT and queer activism; queer interdisciplinarity
  • Dr Noreen Giffney, psychoanalytic psychotherapist and Research Coordinator, Humanities Institute, University College Dublin, Ireland
    Keywords: queer theory; clinical and theoretical psychoanalysis; discourses of desire in the writings of Wilfred Bion; feminist theory
  • Dr Lesley Hall, Senior Archivist, Wellcome Trust, and author, London, UK
    Keywords: history of gender and sexuality in the UK in the modern era; women in medicine and science
  • Dr Owen Heathcote, Honorary Visiting Reader in Modern French Studies, University of Bradford, UK
    Keywords: representations of sex, sexuality, gender, and violence in the work of Honoré de Balzac and Éric Jourdan; gender and violence in French women's writing, esp. Chantal Chawaf, Anne Garréta and Jeanne Hyvrard
  • Dr Scott Herring, Associate Professor of English, Indiana University, USA
    Keywords: queer theory; American studies; studies of sexuality  and space (especially region and ruralism); material culture and object studies
  • Michael O'Rourke, Faculty of Arts and Psychotherapy, Independent Colleges, Dublin, Ireland
    Keywords: critical sexuality studies; queer theory; continental philosophy; speculative realism
  • Dr Alexandra Petrescu, Department of Political Science, University of Bucharest, Romania
    Keywords: twentieth-century women's movements and feminisms in Western and Eastern Europe; comparative research of citizenship in Europe; gender and political representation in francophone countries; comparative politics; role of women in authoritarian regimes
  • Dr Denis Provencher, Associate Professor, French Studies and Intercultural Communication, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), USA
    Keywords: gender and sexuality studies; contemporary French civilization and cultural studies; Islam and Maghrebi cultures in France
  • Dr Emma Rees, Senior Lecturer in English, University of Chester, UK
    Keywords: gender; sexuality; representation; vagina; FGM; transgender; identity; embodiment; vagina dentata myth
  • Dr Nick Rees-Roberts, Lecturer in French, University of Bristol, UK
    Keywords: French queer cinema and queer theory; fashion, gender and visual culture with particular emphasis on fashion film and men's fashion imagery
  • Dr Elizabeth Stephens, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for the History of European Discourses, University of Queensland, Australia
    Keywords: queer theory, feminism, histories of the body, history of normality
  • Dr Nikki Sullivan, Associate of Professor Cultural Studies, Macquarie University, Australia
    Keywords: trans* kinship; the work of John Money; somatechnics; queer theory
  • Dr Helen Vassallo, Senior Lecturer in French, University of Exeter, UK
    Keywords: women's autobiography, women and war, gender and Islam