Find a research supervisor in sexuality and gender studies

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.

Dr Francesca Berry

Dr Francesca Berry

Senior Lecturer

  • 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

Dr Amy Brosius

Lecturer in Music and Director of Performance

  • 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

Professor Leslie Brubaker

Professor Leslie Brubaker

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

  • Byzantine art history and cultural production
  • Gender (women, men and eunuchs) in Byzantium.

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Dr Shelley Budgeon

Senior Lecturer

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 ...

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 Emma Foster

Dr Emma Foster

Lecturer in International Politics and Gender

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 Elystan Griffiths

Dr Elystan Griffiths

Senior Lecturer in German

  • German literature, history and culture of the 18th and 19th centuries
  • Pastoral and utopian writing
  • German-language cinema, all periods

Dr Deryn Guest

Dr Deryn Guest

Senior Lecturer in Biblical Hermeneutics

  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Gender
  • Sexualities and religion
  • Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex theologies 
  • Ecological hermeneutics

Professor Rosie Harding

Professor Rosie Harding

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.

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

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor Matt Houlbrook

Professor of Cultural History
Head of Department of History

  • Cultural history of modern Britain
  • Histories of gender
  • Sexuality and selfhood

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 Monica Jato

Senior Lecturer 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

Dr Iain Law

Dr Iain Law

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

  • Meta-ethics
  • Applied ethics
  • Philosophy of medicine
  • Ethical theories

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

Dr Elizabeth L'Estrange

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 Deborah Longworth

Professor Deborah Longworth

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

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Women Writers
  • Modernism
  • The Novel 1880-1940
  • Literature and Visual Arts 1840-1940
  • The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century City

Dr Miriam Müller

Dr Miriam Müller

Lecturer in Medieval History

Social and economic history of later medieval England.

Dr Charlotte Ross

Dr Charlotte Ross

Reader in Gender, Sexuality and Cultural Studies

  • Gender and sexuality in Italian culture.
  • Twentieth-century and contemporary Italian culture and society.

Dr Camilla Smith

Dr Camilla Smith

Lecturer

  • 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 

Dr Nicola Smith

Dr Nicola Smith

Senior Lecturer in Political Science

Nicola Smith is a political economist working on a variety of areas including the intersections between feminist political economy and queer theory; neoliberal discourses of globalization; and the global sex trade.

Dr Nicki Ward

Dr Nicki Ward

Lecturer

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 ...

Dr Ruth Whittle

Dr Ruth Whittle

Senior Lecturer in German Studies
HeFI Fellow

  • Narratives of (personal, gendered, professional, national)
  • Pedagogical aspects of teaching and learning
  • The role of mindset and reflection in deep learning.

Professor Heather Widdows

Professor Heather Widdows

John Ferguson Professor of Global Ethics
Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Research (Impact)

  • Global ethics
  • Virtue ethics
  • Bioethics

Professor Jessica Woodhams

Professor Jessica Woodhams

Director of the Centre for Applied Psychology
Professor of Forensic 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

Religion and society in the early and central middle ages, religious and political culture, gender and identity.

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