Meet the team - Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Our Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences team is drawn from across the University's wide-ranging disciplinary expertise. Our academics are developing innovative solutions to big issues across the arts and sciences.

Professor Diana Spencer

Dr Diana Spencer

Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
Professor of Classics

Diana’s research explores the nature of individual and collective identity in ancient Rome during the late Republic and 1st century CE. This puts her in regular conversation with intellectual and political luminaries: Cicero, Caesar, Horace, Vergil and Varro.

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Shelley Budgeon

Vice-Dean of Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Shelley is a Senior lecturer in Sociology. Her expertise is in the field of gender studies. She specialises in theorising the relationship between gender and various forces of social change focusing on their impact upon key social institutions, as well as, individual identities. 

Professor Frank Lough

Frank Lough

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Professor of Hispanics Studies

Frank’s main interests are in forms of narrative –  especially Spanish novels, comics and films of the 20th and 21st centuries – and the philosopher María Zambrano. Currently, his focus is on narratives of the Spanish Civil War and the Franco regime.

Dr Julia Myatt

Julia Myatt

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Lecturer in Behavioural Ecology and Morphology 

Julia's research interests have focused on the morphology-behaviour-habitat interface in non-human Great Apes and the collective behavior of group-living animals. 

Dr Emil Toescu

Emil Toescu

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience 

Emil leads the LANS core modules for Year 1 and runs the LANS Cultural Programme and Cafe Culturel. He is interested in expanding interdisciplinary approaches between Science and Arts/Humanities. 

Dr Iestyn Williams

Iestyn Williams

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Reader in Health Policy and Management

Iestyn is a Reader in Health Policy and Management at the Health Services Management Centre (School of Social Policy) where he is also Director of Research.  His research relates to decision-making in health care, including how to allocate scarce resources on NHS treatments and services. 

Dr David Galindo

David Galindo

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Lecturer in Computer Security

David's expertise is in the design and analysis of cryptographic primitives and protocols, both from a theoretical and applied perspective. He is interested on the societal impact of computer-based technologies and how they might influence individuals' privacy and democracy. 

Dr Gillian Wright

Gillian Wright

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Gillian’s research is on English-language literature between about 1580 and 1720, focusing on women’s writing and poetry about Ireland.

Professor Fiona de Londras

Fiona de Londras

Liberal Arts and Sciences Tutor
Professor of Global Legal Studies

Fiona is the Professor of Global Legal Studies and Deputy Head of School in Birmingham Law School. Her research is primarily about the impacts of crises on law, with a particular focus on both security crises (e.g. terrorist attacks) and moral crises.

Dr Simon Scott

Photograph of Dr Simon Scott

Simon's research has focused ancient and continental philosophy, particularly the trajectory of Plato, Nietzsche and Deleuze. He is currently working on 'Deleuze's strategy for overcoming ressentiment in his reading of Nietzsche', and 'Shame and erotic love in Plato's Symposium and Phaedrus'.

Dr Anna Brown

Anna Brown

Operations Manager

Ruth Johnson

Ruth Johnson

Programme Manager and Welfare Tutor

Mary Ann Clarke

Mary Ann Clarke

Programme Administrator

Jennifer Bainbridge

Jennifer Bainbridge

Social Media Coordinator

Jen has a wide range of interests including healthcare, medicine and sport and enjoys finding links between her major subjects.  She enjoys engaging with LANS students as a Rep and Ambassador.  Jen manages our Twitter and Instagram accounts (@lans_unibham).