Staff

Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies

Professor Downing is on Leverhulme Trust-funded leave from 1 September 2021 to 31 August 2022. Dr Elliot Evans is the Acting Convenor of Sexuality and Gender Studies in semester 1; Dr Gregory Salter is the Acting Convenor in semester 2.

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

Senior 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. 

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.

Academic staff with interests in sexuality and gender studies:

Dr Michela Baldo

Dr Michela Baldo

Lecturer in Translation Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I am a Lecturer in Translation Studies at the University of Birmingham and I teach across the provision of core and optional modules for the MA programme in Translation Studies. My research interests revolve around Italian-Canadian writing and its translation into Italian and around the role of translation in Italian queer feminist activism. In addition to teaching, I have been working as a ...

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 ...

Professor Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Professor Caroline Bradbury-Jones

Professor of Gender Based Violence and Health

School of Nursing

Caroline is a registered nurse, midwife and health visitor. Since joining academia she has developed research expertise in the field of domestic violence and abuse.  Specifically, within the scope of addressing inequalities, focused on issues of family violence and child abuse and neglect. Caroline has led or been actively involved in securing funding for several research projects relevant ...

Dr Amy Brosius

Lecturer in Music

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.

Dr Hilary Brown

Dr Hilary Brown

Senior Lecturer in Translation Studies

Department of Modern Languages

I joined the Department of Modern Languages in 2011 and teach in Translation Studies and German. I am currently Convenor for Postgraduate Research Programmes in Translation and Interpreting.

Professor Leslie Brubaker

Professor Leslie Brubaker

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

Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies

I am Professor Emerita 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 ...

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

Reader in International Human Rights Law

Birmingham Law School

Meghan Campbell is Reader in International Human Rights 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 ...

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 Benjamin Dalton

Dr Benjamin Dalton

Teaching Fellow in French, Sexuality and Gender

Department of Modern Languages

Dr Benjamin Dalton is a Teaching Fellow in French, Sexuality and Gender. His research lies at the intersections of French studies and the medical humanities. In particular, he is interested in how contemporary French thought, literature and film can dialogue with medical science to help us understand how bodies transform and metamorphose throughout life. He is also interested in how French ...

Professor Fiona de Londras

Professor Fiona de Londras

Chair of Global Legal Studies

Birmingham Law School

Professor de Londras’ research concerns constitutionalism, human rights and transnationalism. She is particularly interested in the role and function of rights in contentious policy fields, enquiring about whether—and if so how—rights shape the making of law and policy in complex contexts of, for example, counter-terrorism, the European Court of Human Rights, and abortion law in ...

Mairead Enright

Mairead Enright

Reader in Feminist Legal Studies

Birmingham Law School

Máiréad Enright’s research is in feminist legal studies and critical legal theory, with a particular focus on law and religion. She has written on issues including reproductive justice, law reform and grassroots organising, illegality in social movements, responses to historical injustice and obstetric violence.  She often works with and advises groups campaigning around ...

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 Emma Foster is also a part of the Birmingh ...

Professor Nicola Gale

Professor of Health Policy and Sociology
College Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (Impact and Engagement)

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.

Professor Gale is committed to theoretically-informed ...

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

Honorary Senior Lecturer

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

Reader in English Literature

Department of English Literature

I teach and research contemporary Anglophone literature and postcolonial studies.

Dr Sarah Hall

Dr Sarah Hall

Reader 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's 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 ...

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 film and the visual arts, film and feminist theory and philosophy, and 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.

Professor Sabine Lee

Professor in Modern History

Department of History

Having graduated from the University of Düsseldorf with a degree in mathematics, history and philosophy I completed an M.Phil in International Relations and PhD in Modern History at the University of Cambridge. I took up a lectureship in European history at the University of Hull in 1993 before joining the Department of Modern History here at Birmingham in 1994.

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Senior 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
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Academic Experience)

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 ...

Professor Rebecca N Mitchell

Professor Rebecca N Mitchell

Professor 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 Insa Nolte

Dr Insa Nolte

Reader in African Studies
Head of Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Monday 13:00 - 14:00, Tuesday 11:00 - 12:00 (term time only), on Zoom.
For details please contact me at m.i.nolte@bham.ac.uk

Dr Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Head of the Department of Modern Languages.

Department of Modern Languages

Head of the Department of Modern Languages.

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
Birmingham Fellow

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 has published extensively on ...

Dr Emanuelle Santos

Dr Emanuelle Santos

Senior Lecturer in Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

I am a Senior 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 ...

Dr Manu Sehgal

Lecturer in South Asian History

Department of History

I am a historian of modern South Asia (present day India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka). My research interests range from the early colonial period with the coming of the East India Company’s rule to the late colonial period – the mobilization of Indian soldiers transforming the First World War into a global conflict. I am particularly interested in histories of gender based ...

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

My research focuses on the dynamics and trajectories of gender in Islam within the context of contemporary diasporic and transnational Muslim women’s spaces. I work on Muslim women communities in Europe and their transnational links to the Middle East. I also have a particular research interest in the authority and leadership of Muslim women and the changing nature of women’s ...

Dr Kate Skinner

Dr Kate Skinner

Reader in the History of Africa and its Diasporas

Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Dr Camilla Smith

Dr Camilla Smith

Senior 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, and Senior Lecturer in 2021. Before this, I spent several years in Germany teaching English. I was also a teaching assistant in the Art History Department at the ...

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

Senior 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, ...

Professor Jessica Woodhams

Professor Jessica Woodhams

Head of Research
Professor of Forensic Psychology

School of Psychology

Jessica is a chartered psychologist and an HCPC registered forensic psychologist. She is the School of Psychology’s Head of Research. Her primary areas of research are policing and sexual offending and much of her research is co-produced with practitioners from UK and international policing and law enforcement. She is the founder of the international academic-practitioner C-LINK ...

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.