Dr Michelle Devereaux

Dr Michelle Devereaux

Department of Film and Creative Writing
Teaching Fellow in Film Studies

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My current research examines contemporary American independent film in the context of Romantic philosophy and literature and their relation to modernity. I focus on the aesthetics of the sublime and beautiful and theories of identity, authenticity, and intersubjectivity. I am also interested in feminist film theory and phenomenology, film and emotion, cultural studies, and animal studies/eco-criticism.


  • PhD Film Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • MSc Film Studies, University of Edinburgh
  • Bachelor of Journalism, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film and Video, York University, Toronto, Canada


Originally from Quebec, Canada, I am a dual Canadian–American citizen who has been living and working in the UK for several years. I received my PhD from the University of Edinburgh in 2017, after receiving a master’s degree in film studies from the same institution in 2008. Previously I worked as a writer-editor and film critic after earning an honours journalism degree from Toronto’s Ryerson University in 2003. My writing has been published internationally in newspapers, online, and in magazines including Wired and Paste. I have also worked in programming and administration for several high-profile film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival and the San Francisco International Film Festival. I received a BFA (Hons) in film production and screenwriting from Toronto’s York University in 2000.


  • Film Theory and Criticism 
  • Film Genre – Established Genres
  • Romanticism and Film
  • American and World Cinema