Staff

Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality

Department of Modern Languages: French Studies

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 ...

Academic staff with interests in sexuality and gender studies

Dr Michele Aaron

Dr Michele Aaron

Senior Lecturer in Film Studies

Department of Film and Creative Writing

Dr Amy Brosius

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, 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 ‘iconoclasm’, the relationship between text and image, 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 journal and two monograph series.

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 Shelley Godsland

Dr Shelley Godsland

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies
Head of Education, School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Department of Modern Languages: Hispanic Studies

Dr Shelley Godsland is Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies and joined the department in April 2007.  She previously worked at the University of Liverpool, Royal Holloway University of London, and Manchester Metropolitan University where she established and directed the Crime Fictions Research Centre and founded and managed the Crime Fictions Research Series of monographs and edited ...

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

Department of Modern Languages: German Studies

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 ...

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 ...

Dr Rosie Harding

Dr Rosie Harding

Senior Lecturer
Acting Head of School

Birmingham Law School

Rosie'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. Her current research is focused on mental capacity, care, and dementia. Her broader research interests are in the gender, sexuality and law field, and also include human rights, discrimination and ...

Dr Louise Hardwick

Dr Louise Hardwick

Lecturer in French Studies

Department of Modern Languages: French Studies

Lecturer in French, specialising in Francophone Postcolonial literature, film and culture.

 

Dr Monika Hennemann

Visiting Lecturer in Music and Honorary Research Fellow

Department of Music

I am a musicologist with a strong interest in interdisciplinary studies, especially in regard to late-18th to early 20th-century cultural issues in German- and English-speaking countries.

Dr Kate Ince

Dr Kate Ince

Reader in French Film and Gender Studies

Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies

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 Monica Jato

Senior Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Department of Modern Languages: Hispanic Studies

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 Helen Laville

Dr Helen Laville

Head of School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies
Senior Lecturer in American Studies

Department of History

The focus of my research is on post-war American history. I have published on women’s history, the cold war, civil rights and gender and international relations. 

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, Film 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

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 ...

Laura Zahra McDonald

Research Fellow

Applied Social Studies

Laura is currently working with the inter-disciplinary Securities, Communities & Global Justice Grouping, on research funded by the AHRC Religion and Society Programme to explore engagement and partnership between police and Muslim communities in relation to counter-terrorism, including the role of Muslim women and young people in this area.

Dr Miriam Muller

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.

Dr Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Senior Lecturer
Programme Lead for Italian Studies

Department of Modern Languages: Italian Studies

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 Joanne Sayner

Dr Joanne Sayner

Senior Lecturer in Cultural Theory and German Studies

Department of Modern Languages: German Studies

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

Professor Christine Skelton

Professor of Gender Equality in Education

School of Education

Christine Skelton is Professor of Gender Equality in Education.

Dr Camilla Smith

Dr Camilla Smith

Lecturer

Department of Art History, Film 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 whose work is broadly concerned with debates about globalisation and social justice.

Dr Jill Steans

Senior Lecturer in International Relations Theory
Academic Lead Professional Development Module, College of Social Sciences

Department of Political Science and International Studies

Dr Nicki Ward

Dr Nicki Ward

Lecturer

Applied Social Studies

Nicki is a Lecturer at the School of Social Policy, Institute of Applied Social Studies.  Her role now, as a social work lecturer, enables her to combine her interests in social work, social care and social justice.

Dr Ruth Whittle

Dr Ruth Whittle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies

Department of Modern Languages: German Studies

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 ...

Professor Heather Widdows

Professor Heather Widdows

John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics
Head of Research for Philosophy, Theology and Religion

Department of Philosophy

Heather works on Global Ethics, Bioethics, Virtue Ethics and Feminist Theory. She is particularly interested in the ethical issues which arise in the context of globalization, including those of technological development, war and terrorism, poverty and development as well as bioethical issues; particularly, those of reproductive, research and genetic ethics. Her current focus is on ...

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.