Staff

Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies

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 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 Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures
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
Deputy Dean, Liberal Arts and Natural Sciences

Department of Social Policy, Sociology and Criminology

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 the performance of gendered identities. Her expertise encompasses theories of gendered subjectivity; embodiment; feminist politics; theories of new materialism; gender, postfeminism ...

Dr Emma Foster

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.

Dr Nicola Gale

Dr Nicola Gale

Director of Doctoral Research / Senior Lecturer in Health Sociology

Health Services Management Centre

Nicola Gale, MA, PhD, is a health sociologist, with a track record in both single-discipline sociological research and interdisciplinary health research where she has brought her sociological perspective and skills to projects in fields of health services research, public health, primary care, community-led and complementary health care. Dr Gale is committed to theoretically-informed empirical ...

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

Department of Modern Languages

I teach widely across the curriculum in German Studies, including  language, literature and cinema. My research interests include social and political writing of the 18th and 19th centuries, women’s writing and the pastoral.

Dr Deryn Guest

Dr Deryn Guest

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics

Department of Theology and Religion

Deryn is interested in two main areas of research. First: contemporary biblical hermeneutics, specifically in the ways gender theory, queer theory and psychological can inform the interpretation of scriptural texts. Much of her work to date attends to lesbian, transgender and queer interpretations of scripture and she remains interested in ways in which masculinities and femininities are ...

Dr Dave Gunning

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 ...

Dr Louise Hardwick

Dr Louise Hardwick

Reader in Francophone Postcolonial Studies
AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Department of Modern Languages

I am a specialist of Francophone Postcolonial Cultures. The majority of my research focuses on the literature, film and visual art of the Francophone Caribbean, and interrogates the international legacies of slavery, colonialism and postcolonialism, working at the intersection of culture, history and politics. I have also undertaken comparative work on African, Canadian and Indian contexts. My ...

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

Dr Kate Ince

Reader in French Film and Gender Studies

Department of Modern Languages

My work is on French, women’s and artists’ film-making, on film philosophy, and on 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 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, mainly in Northern Europe. I work in particular on illuminated manuscripts, especially books of hours, as well as on French and Burgundian court art more generally. I have a particular interest in women as subjects and consumers of visual cultures and my research addresses questions of maternity, power, gender ...

Dr Deborah Longworth

Dr Deborah Longworth

Senior Lecturer
Head of English Literature

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

Dr Ita Mac Carthy

Senior Lecturer

Department of Modern Languages

I received my BA and PhD from University College Cork, and moved from a post at Durham University to the University of Birmingham in 2007 where I became Senior Lecturer in 2013.

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Senior 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 and image-based sexual abuse. Her scholarship 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. She is author ...

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

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Birmingham Fellow

Department of Modern Languages

Dr Lorraine Ryan is an international researcher in the fields of Spanish literature, memory studies, and gender. She has been a visiting fellow to the IMLR (Institute of Modern Languages Research Institute) in the University of London, and the Georg Eckert Institute for School Textbook Research in Leipzig. Dr. Ryan  has published extensively in the world’s leading journals, such as the

Dr Gregory Salter

Dr Gregory Salter

Lecturer in History of Art

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

I am a specialist in British art after 1945. My research to date has focused on home and masculinity in this period, and I am developing a new project on queer migrations in British art after 1945.

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

Department of Social Work and Social Care

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

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 the School’s Senior Tutor. I teach courses on 19th- and 20th-century German literature as well as Translation in Practice and 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 ...

Dr Jessica Woodhams

Dr Jessica Woodhams

Director of the Centre for Applied Psychology
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 Director of the Centre for Applied Psychology, founder of the international academic-practitioner C-LINK network (Crime Linkage International NetworK), and Co-Director of the Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing at the ...

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. I am also the Director of Birmingham Research Institute for History and Cultures.