New staff profiles for academic year 16/17

Below is a list of all new staff profiles that we have created for the academic year 2016-2017.

If you are a member of College of Arts and Law academic staff and don't yet have a public profile, please contact the web team (artswebteam@contacts.bham.ac.uk).

You can also view a simplified version of this list without the research interests.

Professor Helen Abbott

Professor Helen Abbott

Professor of Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

My current major research project, the Baudelaire Song Project (baudelairesong.org, @BaudelaireProj) has one main aim: to research all the song settings ever of the poems by famous ...

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Dr Caroline Ardrey

Lecturer in French

Department of Modern Languages

Caroline’s research focuses on nineteenth-century French literature, in particular poetry, and its intersections with other art forms. She is especially interested studying the links which poetry during this period had ...

Dr Henriette van der Blom

Dr Henriette van der Blom

Senior Lecturer in Ancient History

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

I specialise in the political life and oratorical culture of the Roman republic and early Empire, especially the history of the late Roman republic, patterns of political careers, all ...

Dr Lloyd Brown

Dr Lloyd Brown

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Lloyd has a growing, national reputation – commensurate for an academic of his age and experience – for undertaking research in the area of environmental law. His specialist research interests ...

Dr Emily Buffey

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

My doctoral research (2012-16) stemmed from a combined interest in medieval dream vision poetry and early modern women’s writing. This led to my AHRC-funded doctoral research project (completed 2016), entitled ...

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Dr Courtney J. Campbell

Lecturer in Latin American History

Department of History

I am currently finishing my book Region Out of Place: The Brazilian Northeast and the World (1924-1968), which examines how groups within a marginalized region of Brazil asserted their ...

Professor Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Professor Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll

Professorial Fellow
Chair of Global Art History

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Khadija is a leading international expert on contemporary and colonial art history. Recent research has focused on two main strands, firstly that of confinement, imprisonment, detention and surveillance, and the other ...

Dr Rebecca Catto

Dr Rebecca Catto

Assistant Professor, Kent State University, USA
Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

Department of Theology and Religion

My research is sociological in approach and framed by an overarching interest in religious-secular relations: how religious individuals and groups in Britain and beyond engage across boundaries, with those of ...

Dr Jennie Challinor

Dr Jennie Challinor

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

My particular research interests are Restoration drama and literature, early modern culture, and manuscript studies. My AHRC-funded doctoral thesis focused on the 1670-71 theatrical season, examining the cultural, political, and ...

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Department of English Literature

My first book, Samuel Richardson and the Art of Letter-Writing (Cambridge University Press, 2016), examined the links between the novelist’s correspondence and his epistolary novels. As a result of this ...

Dr Tom Cutterham

Dr Tom Cutterham

Lecturer in United States History

Department of History

Tom’s current work focuses on the Atlantic World in the late-eighteenth century Age of Revolutions. He is writing a biography of Angelica Schuyler Church, which explores the processes of ...

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature

Department of English Literature

My first monograph (currently under consideration for publication) examines the mutual influences of Egyptology and literary culture across the closing decades of the nineteenth century and the opening decades of ...

Mairead Enright

Mairead Enright

Reader in Feminist Legal Studies

Birmingham Law School

I have a range of research interests, grounded in feminist legal theory, and critical theoretical approaches to legal agency, legal pluralism, law-breaking, resistance and disobedience. My research to date has ...

Dr Catriona Fallow

Dr Catriona Fallow

Research Fellow

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

Broadly, my research interests lie in in contemporary British and European playwriting, and Shakespeare and early modern performance (both historically and their contemporary iterations and significance). Specifically, my work focuses ...

Dr Victoria Flood

Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

I have published on English political literature, prophecy, and poetry, Arthurian literature, and manuscript studies, with a particular focus on comparative perspectives; and have produced a number of articles and ...

Dr Salvatore Florio

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

My current research focuses on philosophical issues concerning the nature of logic and the foundations of semantics. Together with Øystein Linnebo, I am writing a monograph on the logic and ...

Laura Ford

Laura Ford

Postgraduate Teaching Associate

Birmingham Law School

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the execution of juveniles, the intellectually disabled and the insane is in violation of the Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution. ...

Professor Andrew Ginger

Chair of Spanish
Head of School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Department of Modern Languages

In my research, I have explored political, aesthetic and scientific thought, painting, photography, cinema, and literature. I have had a strong interest in nineteenth-century studies, as a focus for debate ...

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Lecturer in Romanticism

Department of English Literature

I have written essays on a range of English poets from Gray to Larkin and have a monograph on individualism in nineteenth and twentieth century lyric (particularly Clare, Hopkins, Edward ...

Dr Jessica Johnson

Dr Jessica Johnson

Lecturer in the Anthropology of Africa

Department of African Studies and Anthropology

I have conducted more than two years’ fieldwork in Malawi, 2009-10 and 2015. My doctoral work concerned gender relations and marital dispute resolution in a matrilineal context. My more recent ...

Dr Toria Johnson

Dr Toria Johnson

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

My areas of expertise include drama, early modern culture, the history of emotions, and the work of Shakespeare and his contemporaries. My research interrogates the impact of the Reformation on ...

Dr Jeremy H. Kidwell

Dr Jeremy H. Kidwell

Senior Lecturer in Theological Ethics

Department of Theology and Religion

I currently have three research projects underway:

  • An AHRC funded study titled “finding common ground” which seeks to investigate religious environmental groups in Britain and finds ways of connecting up ...

Dr Natasa Mavronicola

Dr Natasa Mavronicola

Reader in Law
Deputy Head of Research

Birmingham Law School

Dr Mavronicola is chiefly interested in the theory and interpretation of human rights. Her research has focused on pursuing dynamic coherence in the interpretation of human rights. With this overarching ...

Dr Trish McTighe

Dr Trish McTighe

Lecturer in Theatre

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

My current research involves two distinct strands. One emerges from my work on Beckett and seeks to examine the relationship between the arts and the economy in the latter half ...

Dr Ben Mechen

Dr Ben Mechen

Teaching Fellow in Modern British History

Department of History

I am currently working on turning my doctoral research into a book, provisionally entitled Responsible Pleasures: Reframing the Sexual Subject in Seventies Britain. I am also preparing an article ...

Dr Lydia Morgan

Dr Lydia Morgan

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

As a research fellow on Joseph Rowntree Foundation funded project Counter-Terrorism Review with Professor Fiona de Londras (Birmingham) and Dr Jessie Blackbourn (Oxford) (2017-2019), Lydia is researching the legal accountability ...

Dr Mo Moulton

Dr Mo Moulton

Senior Lecturer in the History of Race and Empire

Department of History

Both of my current research areas take the first decades of the twentieth century as a moment of intense experimentation and transformation around ideas of community and identity.

The ...

Dr Chris Mourant

Dr Chris Mourant

Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century English Literature
Co-Director of the Centre for Modernist Cultures

Department of English Literature

My research focuses on early twentieth-century literature. I’m particularly interested in the print cultures of modernism. My first book, Katherine Mansfield and Periodical Culture (2019), returns to the magazines and ...

Dr Amy Myshrall

Dr Amy Myshrall

Research Fellow

Department of Theology and Religion

  • Contributor to COMPAUL – investigating the earliest Greek commentaries on the Pauline Epistles as sources for the biblical text.
  • Contributor to the Museum of the Bible Greek Paul Project  - ...

Dr Saima Nasar

Dr Saima Nasar

Teaching Fellow in the History of Race and Culture in Twentieth Century Britain and America

Department of History

I am a social and cultural historian who works on race, empire and Britain’s diasporic communities. Committed to multi-archival and interdisciplinary research, my previous and future work contributes to developing ...

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Professor Jorgen Nielsen

Emeritus Professor of Contemporary European Islam

Department of Theology and Religion

Currently I am mostly active in managing reference works and a journal on Muslims in Europe. I keep up with work in this area but have withdrawn from active research.

Dr Terri Ochiagha

Dr Terri Ochiagha

Honorary Research Fellow

Department of African Studies and Anthropology

My research interests include colonial whiteness, the history and literary representations of British colonial education, first-generation Nigerian Writing, Nigerian Print Cultures, and Life-Writing.

My first book, Achebe and Friends at ...

Dr Pablo Pakula

Dr Pablo Pakula

Teaching Fellow

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

As a professional performance-maker and live artist, I chose to frame my creative output as Practice-Research, which means both elements are entirely co-dependent and have equal value and importance. Rather ...

Dr Georgi Parpulov

Dr Georgi Parpulov

Research Fellow, CATENA Project
Guest Lecturer, CBOMGS

Department of Theology and Religion

As a member of the CATENA Project research team, I am preparing a union catalogue of commentary manuscript of the Greek New Testament.



Dr Amanda Patten

Dr Amanda Patten

Lecturer in Historical Linguistics

Department of English Language and Linguistics

I am interested in the analysis of grammatical constructions and how they change over time.

Much of my work has focused on English information packaging constructions. In my 2012 monograph, ...

Dr Merten Reglitz

Dr Merten Reglitz

Lecturer in Global Ethics

Department of Philosophy

  • Global justice
  • Egalitarianism
  • Internet ethics
  • Political authority
  • Intergenerational justice
  • Kant's practical philosophy

Dr Olivia (Liv) Robinson

Dr Olivia (Liv) Robinson

Lecturer in Late Medieval Literature

Department of English Literature

My major research specialisms are in Anglo-French literary interrelationships, cultures and exchanges; and in medieval theatre. 

My first book, Contest, Translation and the Chaucerian Text (Brepols, forthcoming) brings a study ...

Dr Asha Rogers

Dr Asha Rogers

Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature

Department of English Literature

My AHRC-funded thesis examined how the modern state intervened to support literary culture after 1945, thereby becoming an integral, though conflicted, guardian of literary autonomy in the postcolonial world. This ...

Dr Gregory Salter

Dr Gregory Salter

Lecturer in History of Art

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Dr Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin

Dr Mohammad (Shahab) Shahabuddin

Reader in International Law & Human Rights

Birmingham Law School

Shahab’s research is a part of a vibrant line of critical historical projects, in which the assumptions inherent in international law’s conceptual foundations are being scrutinised. His research interests include ...

Canon Dr Andrew Smith

Canon Dr Andrew Smith

Director of Interfaith Relations for the Bishop of Birmingham
Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

Department of Theology and Religion

Dr Simon Smith

Dr Simon Smith

Lecturer in Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare Institute

I am interested in all aspects of early modern culture, but work particularly on drama, music, playhouse culture, and historical sense-scapes. One common thread is my interest in overlooked or ...

Dr Will Smith

Dr Will Smith

Visiting Lecturer in Canadian Studies

Department of English Literature

My current research work builds on my PhD thesis, exploring the history of Toronto’s depiction in literature. This has drawn me to focus on early twentieth-century writers of popular Toronto ...

Dr Katharine Sykes

Dr Katharine Sykes

Lecturer in Anglo-Saxon History

Department of History

My research focuses on the creation and regulation of communities and institutions in the early and central middle ages. In particular, my work focusses on double monasteries – religious communities ...

Dr Rachel Sykes

Dr Rachel Sykes

Lecturer in Contemporary American Literature

Department of English Literature

My first book, The Quiet Contemporary American Novel, was published with Manchester University Press in 2017. It is the first study to develop a theory of quiet as a ...

Dr Zoë Thomas

Dr Zoë Thomas

Lecturer in the History of 19th Century Britain and the Wider World

Department of History

I am currently writing my first monograph titled Women Art Workers and the Arts and Crafts Movement which will be published by Manchester University Press in the ‘Gender and History’ series. ...

Dr Richard Todd

Dr Richard Todd

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Department of Theology and Religion

  • Medieval philosophy, especially Arabic Aristotelianism and critiques of Avicennan thought
  • Ashʿari and Muʿtazili theology
  • Sufism and its interaction with philosophy: I am working on two new projects in this connection: ...

Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Dr Bosko Tripkovic

Senior Lecturer in Law
Director of Postgraduate Research

Birmingham Law School

Dr Tripkovic’s research focuses on the philosophical foundations of judicial review. His book ‘The Metaethics of Constitutional Adjudication’, which explores the metaethical foundations of value-based arguments in constitutional adjudication, is ...

Dr Sophia Vasalou

Dr Sophia Vasalou

Birmingham Fellow in Philosophical Theology

Department of Theology and Religion

My current research interests include:

  • Islamic ethics
  • Philosophical and theological approaches to the virtues
  • Philosophy of religion, esp. the relationship between morality and religion, the problem of evil
  • Schopenhauer; pessimism, ...

Professor Wolfgang Vondey

Professor Wolfgang Vondey

Professor of Christian Theology and Pentecostal Studies
Director, Centre for Pentecostal and Charismatic Studies

Department of Theology and Religion

My research interests include:

  • Pentecostal and Charismatic theology
  • Theological method and hermeneutics
  • Pneumatology
  • Ecclesiology
  • Ecumenical studies
  • Theology and Science
  • Ritual and Liturgical Studies

Dr Matthew Ward

Dr Matthew Ward

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Department of English Literature

Current work involves developing my first monograph about the place of laughter in the long Romantic period. This will be a revised and expanded version of my PhD thesis on ...

Dr Ben Warwick

Dr Ben Warwick

Lecturer in Law

Birmingham Law School

Ben’s research interests lie within the broad field of human rights law. A primary strand of this research are the issues surrounding resource constraints and the implementation of economic and ...

Michael Wear

Michael Wear

Founder, Public Square Strategies LLC
Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

Department of Theology and Religion

Dr Michael Wilkinson

Dr Michael Wilkinson

Distance Learning Instructor

Department of Theology and Religion

Research Interests include the relationship between religion and globalization, religious diversity and public life, immigration and ethnic congregations, culture and embodiment.