Staff in the College of Arts and Law who supervise PhD/MA by Research in the area of sexuality and gender studies.
Enquiries about PhD Sexuality and Gender Studies in the Humanities (e.g. Cultural Studies, History, Literary/ Film Studies, etc.) should be addressed to Prof. Lisa Downing:
Enquiries about PhD Sexuality and Gender Studies in the Social Sciences (e.g. Politics, Sociology, Psychology, etc.) should be addressed to Dr Emma Foster.
- French modernist art, design and visual culture 1850-1940
- Magazines, exhibitions and mass culture in France 1900-1940
- Art, the interior and domesticity
- Edouard Vuillard and the Nabis
- Femininities and Feminisms
- Parisian modernisms and modernity
Lecturer in Music
- Singers and Singing Culture, especially Early Modern
- Early Modern Italian Vocal Music
- Modal and Rhetorical Analysis of Early Modern Music
- Feminism and Gender Studies
- Performance Theories
Honorary Senior Lecturer
Dr Shelley Budgeon is an Honorary Associate Professor 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 ...
Senior Lecturer in Arabic and Translation Studies
Language Co-ordinator for Arabic
- Translation and new media, with particular reference to the Arabic-speaking region
- Translation and popular culture
- Gender and language use in the context of translation
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.
Lecturer in International Politics
College Director of Postgraduate Research
Dr Emma A. Foster is a lecturer in international politics. Emma’s research interests include gender and sexuality studies, (de)politicisation and anti-politics, international sustainable development policy and development studies more broadly.
Emma co-convenes the Gender and Feminist Theory Group, a vibrant research group hosted in POLSIS and bringing together academics and students across ...
Reader in Modern Languages
- German literature, history and culture of the 18th and 19th centuries
- Pastoral and utopian writing
- German-language cinema, all periods
Honorary Senior Lecturer
- Biblical Hermeneutics
- Sexualities and religion
- Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex theologies
- Ecological hermeneutics
Professor of Law and Society
- Mental Capacity and Disability Law, especially research involving questions of everyday decision-making, dementia, intellectual disability, powers of attorney, advance directives and end of life decision making.
- Gender, Sexuality and Law, particularly issues to do with care, family law, discrimination, equality and human rights.
Professor of Francophone Studies and World Literature
AHRC Early Career Leadership Fellow
Associate Fellow, Homerton College, University of Cambridge
- French and Francophone Literature
- World Literature
- Postcolonial Studies
- Translation in Academia
- Women's Writing
- Environmental Humanities
Professor of Cultural History
Head of Department of History
- Cultural history of modern Britain
- Histories of gender
- Sexuality and selfhood
Professor of French and Visual Studies
- Women's studies
- Feminist thought
- Twentieth century and contemporary France.
Reader in Hispanic Studies
- The invention of America in the Spanish culture of the exile of 1939
- Women's personal narratives
- 19th- and 20th-century Spanish literature
- Modern Spanish poetry
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
- Applied ethics
- Philosophy of medicine
- Ethical theories
Senior Lecturer in History of Art
Head of Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies
- Manuscripts and early printed books, especially Books of Hours
- Art at the French and Burgundian Courts c. 1400-1600
- Women as patrons and consumers of late medieval early modern art
- Text-image relations
- The querelle des femmes in art and literature
Professor of English Literature
Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Student Academic Experience)
- Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Women Writers
- The Novel 1880-1940
- Literature and Visual Arts 1840-1940
- The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century City
Head of the Department of Modern Languages
- Gender and sexuality in Italian culture.
- Twentieth-century and contemporary Italian culture and society.
- Sexuality and gender in Weimar Germany
- Women artists in interwar German art
- Eighteenth-century Swiss intellectual history and culture;
- Erotica and censorship
- Early twentieth-century German intellectual history and culture
- Text-image relations
Associate Professor in Political Science
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.
- Narratives of (personal, gendered, professional, national)
- Pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning
- The role of mindset and reflection in deep learning.
Professor of Forensic Psychology
Head of Research
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 ...
Senior Lecturer in Medieval History
Religion and society in the early and central middle ages, religious and political culture, gender and identity.
Modern languages staff research supervision areas