Find a research supervisor in French studies

Staff in the Department of Modern Languages who supervise PhD/MA by Research in the area of French studies.

Professor Helen Abbott

Professor Helen Abbott

Professor of Modern Languages

  • words/music relations (including aesthetics, translation, adaptation, and performance)
  • poetry and poetics (especially nineteenth-century French, and metre, accentuation, versification)
  • voice/performance in relation to literary texts
  • the role of digital media in researching texts and performances (music, theatre, readings)

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Lecturer in French

  • Nineteenth-century French poetry (Baudelaire, Mallarmé)
  • Word and music studies
  • Digital humanities (sound and song analysis)
  • Poetry and fashion journalism
  • Inter-art networks

Professor Martyn Cornick

Professor Martyn Cornick

Professor of French Cultural History

  • French cultural history, especially of the 20th century
  • The Nouvelle Revue Française and Jean Paulhan
  • Franco–British cultural relations

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor Lisa Downing

Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality

  • Sexuality, gender, and feminist studies
  • Medicine and the humanities
  • Modern critical theory (especially ethics, psychoanalysis, queer theory)
  • Criminality and culture
  • Death and culture
  • 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century French thought.

Dr Elliot Evans

Dr Elliot Evans

Lecturer in Modern Languages

  • Visual Art
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Queer, Feminist and Transgender Theories
  • 20th and 21st Century Literature and Critical Theory
  • Activism and Art/Literature
  • Technologies and Biotechnologies

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

  • Literature
  • Film
  • Visual culture
  • Postcolonial
  • Francophone

Dr Kate Ince

Dr Kate Ince

Reader in French Film and Gender Studies

  • Film
  • Women's studies
  • Feminist thought
  • Philosophy
  • Twentieth century and contemporary France.

Dr Berny Sèbe

Dr Berny Sèbe

Senior Lecturer in colonial and post-colonial studies

  • Colonial and Postcolonial Studies
  • British and French imperial history
  • Decolonisation and the End of Empire
  • Colonial memory
  • Nineteenth and Twentieth French History

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Dr Emma Wagstaff

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

I came to Birmingham in 2006, and am based in the Department of Modern Languages. Among a range of teaching and research interests, I am particularly keen to promote the study of French literature and the visual arts, and the interactions between them.

Dr Andrew Watts

Dr Andrew Watts

Senior Lecturer in French Studies

Adaptation theory and practice; French cinema; contemporary European cinema.

Modern languages staff research supervision areas