Staff

Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies

Professor Downing is on leave from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021. Dr Elliot Evans is the Acting Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies in 2020-21.

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality

Department of Modern Languages

I am Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality and a specialist in interdisciplinary sexuality and gender studies, critical theory, and the history of diagnostic and cultural concepts. My enduring research interest is in questions of exceptionality, difficulty, and (ab)normality as they are represented and understood in cultural, medical, and political fields. My most recent work has been on ...

Dr Elliot Evans

Dr Elliot Evans

Lecturer in Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

Dr Evans is the author of numerous publications on gender and sexuality, and has been invited to speak on these areas at academic conferences, cultural and activist events both in the UK and internationally. They are particularly engaged in debates around feminist, queer and transgender theories. 

Academic staff with interests in sexuality and gender studies:

Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay

Professor Siddhartha Bandyopadhyay

Professor of Economics

The Department of Economics

Siddhartha is an internationally recognised economist in the field of political economy and public policy. He was the recipient of the Duncan Black prize awarded by the Public Choice Society in 2015 for his work on the electoral incentives of prosecutors with Bryan McCannon. His work on political coalitions has been published in internationally leading journals and has been widely cited by ...

Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Dr Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Professor of Gender Based Violence and Health

School of Nursing

Caroline is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. Her research interests lie broadly within the scope of addressing inequalities and more specifically are focused on issues of family violence and child abuse and neglect. She has led or been actively involved in securing funding for a number of research projects relevant to these areas. She has undertaken research or engaged in scholarly ...

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

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 analyses the impact of various forces of social change on the constitution of gender relations and the performance of gendered identities. Her expertise encompasses theories of gendered subjectivity; feminist politics; gender, postfeminism and neoliberalism; sexuality and personal ...

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Lecturer in Latin American History

Department of History

I am an historian of Latin America. My research focuses on nineteenth- and twentieth-century Brazilian cultural and social history. My current research interests are regional identity, race and representation, gender and representation, transnational consumer culture, popular culture movements, movement and migration, language-based movements, and spatial understandings of regional culture.

Dr Meghan Campbell

Dr Meghan Campbell

Senior Lecturer in Law

Birmingham Law School

Meghan Campbell is a Lecturer in Law at the University of Birmingham. Her research explores how the international human rights system can best respond to gender inequality and poverty. Her monograph Women, Poverty, Equality(Hart Publishing, 2018) explores how the concept of equality in the UN Convention on the Discrimination on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women can be ...

Dr Michell Chresfield

Dr Michell Chresfield

Lecturer in United States History

Department of History

My research interests include cultural and intellectual history, the history of science and medicine, and the history of racial formation and identity making in twentieth century America.

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

Reader in Health Sociology and Policy
College Director of Postgraduate Research

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 Luis-Manuel Garcia

Dr Luis-Manuel Garcia

Lecturer in Ethnomusicology and Popular Music Studies

Department of Music

I research electronic dance music scenes (e.g., house, techno, etc.), with a special focus on issues of affect, sexuality, tourism, and the creative industries. My ethnographic fieldwork focuses primarily on Berlin, Germany.

Dr Deryn Guest

Dr Deryn Guest

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics

Department of Theology and Religion

I am interested in two main areas of research. First: contemporary biblical hermeneutics, specifically in the ways gender theory, queer theory and psychological theory can inform the interpretation of texts. Much of my work to date attends to lesbian, transgender and queer interpretations of scripture and I remain interested in ways in which masculinities and femininities are constructed in ...

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.

Dr Sarah Hall

Dr Sarah Hall

Senior Lecturer in Religious Education
Senior Tutor and Senior Fellow of the HEA

School of Education

Sarah is passionate about the role that outstanding Religious Education has in shaping young people lives and equipping them for the modern world as reflective and tolerant thinkers. She has an extensive vocabulary of teaching and learning strategies which inspire teacher trainees and pupils in school to enquire and respond to religion in a creative and reflective way whilst developing religious ...

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 social justice, disability and family law. Her work has a particular focus on 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 ...

Dr Louise Hardwick

Dr Louise Hardwick

Professor of Francophone Studies and World Literature
AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge

Department of Modern Languages

I am a specialist of Francophone Studies and World Literature, with a particular interest in the global reception, adaptation circulation and translation of Francophone literature. A published translator, with a growing body of work in Translation Studies, I am fluent in French and German, and am currently learning Spanish.

The majority of my research focuses on the postcolonial literature, film ...

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor of Cultural History
Head of Department of History

Department of History

I work on the cultural history of modern Britain, with particular interests in histories of gender, sexuality and selfhood.

Professor Kate Ince

Professor Kate Ince

Professor of French and Visual Studies

Department of Modern Languages

My work is on French cinema and women’s cinema, film and feminist theory and philosophy, and film and the visual arts, sexuality and gender.

Dr Monica Jato

Reader 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 Katharina Karcher

Dr Katharina Karcher

Senior Lecturer in German

Department of Modern Languages

My work focuses on protest movements and political violence in the 20th and 21st centuries. In this context, I am particularly interested in questions of gender, race, class, dis/ability, and political ideology. My research transgresses disciplinary boundaries and draws on a range of theoretical frameworks including feminist theory, cultural studies, and critical security studies.

Dr Iain Law

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
Head of Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

My teaching and research focuses on the art and culture of the late medieval and early modern period, especially illuminated manuscripts and book culture, and French and Burgundian court art. Within these areas, I work specifically on women as subjects and consumers of visual cultures, text-image relations, and the querelle des femmes. My research addresses, for instance, questions of maternity, ...

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor Deborah Longworth

Professor of English Literature
Head of English Literature
Deputy Head of School of English, Drama and Creative Studies

Department of English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 1998, having received my PhD 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 Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Reader in Victorian Literature and Culture
Head of Research, EDACS

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 Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Reader in Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies

Department of Modern Languages

Head of Section and Admissions Tutor for Italian Studies; Head of PGT for the School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music.

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

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Dr Lorraine Ryan

Lecturer in Hispanic Studies

Department of Modern Languages

Dr Lorraine Ryan is an award-winning 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 (2014-2015),  and the Georg Eckert Institute for School Textbook Research in Leipzig (2015-16). Dr. Ryan was a Birmingham Fellow from ...

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 Emanuelle Santos

Dr Emanuelle Santos

Lecturer in Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

I am a Lecturer in Modern Languages at the Department of Modern Languages, where I also coordinate the Portuguese Studies programme and the Instituto Camões’ Cátedra Gil Vicente. 

My research focuses on the intersections between the cultures of the Portuguese-speaking world, postcolonial studies, and theories of world literature, drawing attention to the global-local ...

Dr Manu Sehgal

Lecturer in South Asian History

Department of History

I am historian of colonial South Asia with particular interest in the political and social history of the British empire. My work explores the critical importance of territorial contestation in shaping colonial rule during the long eighteenth century and articulations of sovereignty in colonial South Asia. I am also interested in gender history and law across the British empire

Dr Camilla Smith

Dr Camilla Smith

Lecturer

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

I specialise in early twentieth-century German and Austrian culture and intellectual history. I gained my research council funded PhD from the University of Birmingham in December 2007 and was appointed lecturer at Birmingham in 2008. Before this, I spent several years in Germany teaching English. I was also a teaching assistant in the Art History Department at the University of Warwick. My ...

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 feminist and queer theory, neoliberalism and austerity, sex work and reproductive labour, and the history of the British body politic.

Dr Zoë Thomas

Dr Zoë Thomas

Lecturer in the History of 19th Century Britain and the Wider World

Department of History

I am a historian of the 19th and 20th centuries with particular specialisms in the history of work, artistic culture, and women’s lives. My first book Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movementwas published by Manchester University Press in 2020. My other publications span the history of the suffrage campaigns, the Arts and Crafts movement, historical pageantry, global feminisms, ...

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 ...

Professor Jessica Woodhams

Professor Jessica Woodhams

Director of the Centre for Applied Psychology
Professor of 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.