Staff

Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies

  • On Research Leave in the 2015-16 academic year

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality

Department of Modern Languages

I am Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality. My work is located at the intersection of sexuality and gender studies, cultural studies, and critical theory. My research has a European, especially French, bent and also focuses on comparative European and North American contexts. My most recent publications have been on the gendering, sexualization, and othering of the figure of the murderer, ...

Academic staff with interests in sexuality and gender studies

Dr Michele Aaron

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Department of Film and Creative Writing

I am particularly interested in death and the moving image, and the ethical and aesthetic potential of film to effect social, political or personal change.

Dr Amy Brosius

Lecturer in Music and Director of Performance

Department of Music

I specialize in seventeenth-century Italian singers, singing culture, vocal music and early modern gender construction. My approach to research is interdisciplinary, employing methodologies from art history, critical theory, gender studies, and performance studies.

Professor Leslie Brubaker

Professor Leslie Brubaker

Professor of Byzantine Art
Director of Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

I am Professor of Byzantine Art History, with particular interest in the cult of the Virgin, ‘iconoclasm’, the relationship between text and image, manuscripts, and gender.  I am also Director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies, which is a unique research cluster with an international reputation, a thriving postgraduate community, and its own ...

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Dr. Shelley Budgeon is a Senior Lecturer in Sociology who specializes in gender and feminist theory. Her research concentrates on how various forces of social change impact on the constitution of gender relations and processes of gender identification. Contemporary gender equality discourses and their specific manifestation in ‘modernized’ state sanctioned approaches to gender issues ...

Dr Emma Foster

Lecturer in International Politics and Gender

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Emma Foster is a lecturer in international politics and gender. Emma’s research interests include Queer Theory, international sustainable development policy and development studies more broadly. She is currently researching the dynamics of constructions of gender in international environmental policy in relation to the economic crisis.

Professor Marie Fox

Professor of Socio-Legal Studies

Birmingham Law School

Marie’s research focuses on how law regulates human and animal bodies. She is a co-ordinating editor of Social and Legal Studies, is on the advisory board of the Journal of Law Society and an associated editor of Somatechnics.

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

Department of Modern Languages

My main research interests are in German literature of the period 1750-1815, with a particular interest in literary responses to political and social change. I am currently working on a monograph on the German idyll during this period. I have also published on the development of German literature in the context of the unification of Germany in 1871. I teach widely across the German ...

Dr Deryn Guest

Dr Deryn Guest

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics

Department of Theology and Religion

Deryn is interested in contemporary biblical hermeneutics, specifically in the ways gender theory and queer theory is utilized in the interpretation of scriptural texts. Her work currently engages with the disciplinary boundaries of feminist biblical scholarship, problematising its agenda, methodologies and politics by pioneering a lesbian-identified hermeneutic. Her interest in theories of ...

Dr Dave Gunning

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Department of English Literature

I teach and research contemporary Anglophone literature and postcolonial studies.

Professor Rosie Harding

Professor Rosie Harding

Professor of Law and Society

Birmingham Law School

Professor Rosie Harding's research explores the place of law in everyday life. Her primary interests are in family law, particularly the regulation and recognition of caring and intimate relationships. She uses social science methods including both qualitative and quantitative approaches to empirical research to investigate the place of law in everyday life, including everyday understandings of ...

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor of Cultural History

Department of History

I work on the cultural history of modern Britain, with particular interests in histories of gender, sexuality and selfhood. I blog about the 1920s and the practice of history from behind the scenes at https://tricksterprince.wordpress.com/

Dr Kate Ince

Reader in French Film and Gender Studies

Department of Modern Languages

My work focuses on French, European and women's film-making, on film theory and aesthetics, and on twentieth-century French and feminist thought.

Dr Conrad James

Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Department of Modern Languages

Conrad James teaches a range of courses on the literature, culture and social history of the Spanish Caribbean and its diasporas. His work focuses mainly on Cuban, Dominican and Dominican-American writers.

Dr Monica Jato

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I came to the University of Birmingham in September 2007. I previously worked at Michigan State University, The University of New Hampshire and The University of North Texas.

Dr Imogen Jones

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Imogen’s teaching and research concentrates on the areas of criminal law and criminal evidence law. She is particularly interested in the theoretical, political and philosophical debates regarding these areas. Her work on these areas is published in international peer reviewed journals.

Dr Iain Law

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and also Head of Education for the School of Philosophy, Theology & Religion. My main interests are in meta-ethics, applied ethics and ethical theory, and I’m currently working on papers in moral theory, moral psychology, the philosophy of medicine and applied ethics.

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Lecturer in History of Art

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

My work focuses on the art and culture of the late medieval and early modern period, especially illuminated manuscripts, French and Burgundian court art, text-image relations, and women as subjects and consumers of visual cultures.

Dr Deborah Longworth

Senior Lecturer

Department of English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 1998, having received my Ph.D. from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a thesis on women, the city and the concept of the flâneusein nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American literature. Previously I studied at the University of Reading, where I took a BA in English Literature & Philosophy, and the MA Literature and the ...

Dr Ita Mac Carthy

Senior Lecturer in Italian Studies

Department of Modern Languages

My research lies mainly in the renaissance period and focuses on the connections between literature, art and society, on questions of literary genre and aesthetic practice, and on women's studies. I am currently writing a book, provisionally called The Grace of the Italian Renaissance, that examines the notion of ‘grace’ in renaissance culture, literature and art; developing the ...

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture

Department of English Literature

My scholarship focuses on Victorian literature and culture broadly defined, and I’m especially intrigued by the study and depiction of the creative process, the self/other relationship, and the textual/visual interface; these interests also drive my work in textual editing. I teach across the long nineteenth century.

Dr Miriam Muller

Lecturer in Medieval History
Welfare Tutor Department of History

Department of History

My area of interest is social and economic history of later medieval England, although I tend to lean more towards the social than the economic. I am endlessly fascinated by peasants of all periods, but especially of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Professor Erika Rackley

Professor Erika Rackley

Professor of Law

Birmingham Law School

Erika Rackley's research focuses on judicial diversity, the nature of judging, gender equality in the legal profession and the legal regulation of pornography. Her research has shaped and informed policy and public debate and has been discussed by the UK and Scottish governments, in The Guardian , and on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour and Law in Action. In 2015, she will be a British Academy ...

Dr Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Senior Lecturer
Programme Lead for Italian Studies

Department of Modern Languages

Programme Lead and Admissions Tutor for Italian Studies; School Quality Officer.

Main research interests and areas of PG supervision: gender, sexuality and embodiment in modern and contemporary Italian culture.

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Birmingham Fellow

Department of Modern Languages

Dr. Ryan joined the University of Birmingham in January 2012.

She will be a visiting fellow to the IMLR (Institute of Modern Languages Research Institute) in the University of London for the academic year 2015-2016.

This year, she has been commissioned by the Georg Eckert Institute for School Textbook Research in Leipzig, Germany to provide professional expertise on counter-memory and its ...

Dr Joanne Sayner

Dr Joanne Sayner

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Theory and German Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I am based in GermanStudies and also teach media and cultural studies. I have been at the University of Birmingham since 2004.

Dr Camilla Smith

Dr Camilla Smith

Lecturer

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

I specialise in eighteenth–century Swiss, and to a lesser extent, British visual cultures, with a growing interest in German visual cultures in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I gained my research council funded PhD from the University of Birmingham in December 2007 and was appointed lecturer at Birmingham in 2008. My research into Anglo-Swiss relations has been awarded ...

Dr Nicola Smith

Dr Nicola Smith

Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Nicola Smith is a political economist working on a variety of areas including the intersections between feminist political economy and queer theory; neoliberal discourses of globalization; and the global sex trade.

Dr Nicki Ward

Dr Nicki Ward

Lecturer

School of Social Policy

Nicki is a Lecturer in the School of Social Policy. Her primary role, as a social work lecturer, enables her to combine her interests in social work, social care and social justice. Nicki is particularly interested in issues diversity, intersectionality and care ethics. Along with Nicola Gale she is currently advancing work around the development of an LGBTQ inclusive curriculumin higher ...

Dr Ruth Whittle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies
Distinguished Fellow (TA)

Department of Modern Languages

As a student you are most likely to know me in my role as Chair of the School’s Year Abroad Committee. I teach courses on 19th- and 20th-century German literature as well as language classes, particularly business German.

I have widely researched and published in the areas of language study and internationalisation, and women in German literature and literary history.

In my latest ...

Dr Jessica Woodhams

Dr Jessica Woodhams

Reader in Forensic Psychology

School of Psychology

Jessica is a chartered psychologist and an HCPC registered forensic psychologist. Her primary areas of research are policing and sexual offending. She is the founder of the international academic-practitioner C-LINK network (Crime Linkage International NetworK, www.crimelinkage.org).

Dr Simon Yarrow

Dr Simon Yarrow

Senior Lecturer in Medieval History

School of History and Cultures

I teach the history of religion and society in the early and central middle ages, and research on the cult of saints’ relics, miracles and religious cultures from the tenth to the thirteenth century in England.