New staff profiles for academic year 17/18

Below is a list of all new staff profiles that we have created for the academic year 2017-2018.

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).

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Dr Victoria Anker

Dr Victoria Anker

BRIHC Research Impact Fellow

Department of History

I am currently working on two research projects. The first project investigates how early modern urban centres adapted and operated as sites of conflict, in particular the experience of ...

Dr Nicholas Attfield

Dr Nicholas Attfield

Lecturer in Music

Department of Music

I would welcome applications from students interested in the following research areas: the symphony in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries; opera (particularly German-language opera) in the same period; ...

Dr Peter Auger

Dr Peter Auger

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

In my doctoral thesis and numerous shorter pieces, I examined case studies in the reception history of James VI and I’s favourite poet, Guillaume de Saluste Du Bartas (1544-90). This evidence supports ...

Dr Charlotte Bendall

Dr Charlotte Bendall

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Charlotte’s doctoral thesis explored how civil partnerships and same-sex marriage can help to challenge social and legal constructions about the gendered nature of roles in relationships.  More specifically, it looked ...

Dr Jakub Beneš

Dr Jakub Beneš

Lecturer in Modern European History, 1800-1950

Department of History

So far my research has focused on the popular—even populist—appeal of ideologies such as nationalism and socialism. Why did nationalism seem attractive to industrial workers who considered themselves to be ...

Dr Gianna Bouchard

Dr Gianna Bouchard

Senior Lecturer

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

My research focuses on exploring specific medical discourses and practices, such as anatomical dissection, in order to analyse contemporary performance practice. My work has examined constructions of power and knowledge, ...

Dr Sheldon Brammall

Dr Sheldon Brammall

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

Department of English Literature

My research focuses on early modern poetry, and particularly its relationship to classical and European contexts. So far, I have undertaken two major lines of research, both centred upon the ...

Dr Joanna Bucknall

Dr Joanna Bucknall

Lecturer

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

My primary research interests are in the following areas: production and reception theory of experimental contemporary performance; specifically, immersive, one on one, micro performance & participative dramaturgies. I am interested ...

Dr Luke R. A. Butler

Dr Luke R. A. Butler

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

The overarching theme of Luke’s research concerns the phenomenon of “government by contract” and the role of which might be termed “government contract law” within it. Luke is interested in ...

The Rt Hon. Liam Byrne

Member of Parliament for Birmingham Hodge Hill
Distinguished Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

Department of Theology and Religion

Liam’s policy and academic interests include:

  • Economic history
  • Inclusive Growth
  • Enterprise and Innovation
Foreign affairs; fighting extremism and UK-Asia political and economic engagement.

Dr Meghan Campbell

Dr Meghan Campbell

Lecturer in Law

Birmingham Law School

Meghan Campbell pursues several harmonious strands of research. Her research investigates how the normative content and accountability mechanisms of human rights can break entrenched cycles of gender disadvantage. At ...

Dr Alexander M. Cannon

Dr Alexander M. Cannon

Lecturer in Music

Department of Music

Dr Cannon’s research over the past decade has investigated the changing nature of traditional music practice in southern Vietnam. He primarily studies the genre đờn ca tài tử, ...

Dr Megan Cavell

Dr Megan Cavell

Birmingham Fellow

Department of English Literature

My research has focused on literary representations of material culture, constructed objects and textiles, as well as theoretical approaches to non-human animals and the natural world. My first book, Weaving ...

Dr Anna Cermakova

Dr Anna Cermakova

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellow

Department of English Language and Linguistics

My main research interests are in corpus linguistics and particularly in corpus stylistics. I am currently working with Professor Michaela Mahlberg on a EU-funded project GLARE that looks at gender ...

Dr Michell Chresfield

Dr Michell Chresfield

Lecturer in United States History

Department of History

My current research examines how Americans of Native, Black, and White descent have used social science, medicine, and the law to negotiate multiracial identities during the regime of Jim Crow. ...

Dr Alice Corr

Dr Alice Corr

Lecturer in Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

I specialise in comparative Ibero-Romance linguistics and dialectology, with a focus on the morphosyntactic variation of Spanish, Portuguese, Galician, Catalan and other understudied Romance varieties which descend from the Latin ...

Dr Lorenzo Costaguta

Teaching Fellow in U.S. History

Department of History

My research interests include ideas of race and ethnicity, labour history, radicalism and migration studies. My first monograph, under completion and provisionally titled The Origins of Colorblind Socialism: Race and ...

Dr Ben Curry

Dr Ben Curry

Lecturer in Music

Department of Music

My research focuses upon musical meaning and music analysis. In the study of musical meaning I have worked extensively on the philosophy and semiotic theories of Charles Sanders Peirce. This ...

Professor Ewa Dąbrowska

Professor Ewa Dąbrowska

Professor

Department of English Language and Linguistics

My research is focused around three main themes:

1. Formulaic language

I am interested in the role that lexically specific units (fixed phrases and frames with slots that can be ...

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Teaching Fellow in English Literature

Department of English Literature

My primary specialism is in late twentieth-century and twenty-first-century North American and British fiction, and my research takes place at the intersection of literary studies and philosophy to interrogate the ...

Dr Melissa Dickson

Dr Melissa Dickson

Lecturer in Victorian literature

Department of English Literature

My doctoral thesis, entitled Under Its Spell: The Arabian Nights in Early Nineteenth-Century Culture, investigated the proliferation and reception of the Arabian Nights in the print and material culture of early ...

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 ...

Dr Andrew Duncan

Dr Andrew Duncan

Teaching Fellow in Military History

Department of History

My research interests include the British Army of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, particularly military education. I am also interested in the scientific and organisational development of military medical ...

Dr Jamie L Edwards

Teaching Fellow in Renaissance and Early Modern Art

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

To date, my research has focussed on visual culture in the sixteenth-century Netherlands. My PhD thesis examined more closely innovative approaches to pictorial narration that were pioneered by Netherlandish artists ...

Dr Elliot Evans

Dr Elliot Evans

Lecturer in Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

My research interests lie in 20th and 21st Century literature, visual art and theory, particularly the intersections of feminist, queer and transgender theories. My work has focused on questions of the ...

Cristina Fernández Recasens

Cristina Fernández Recasens

Catalan Language and Culture Teaching Fellow

Department of Modern Languages

As a student of the PhD programme in the didactics of literature and interdisciplinary arts pedagogy at the University of Girona, my research is focused on the teaching of poetry. ...

Dr Isabel Galleymore

Dr Isabel Galleymore

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Department of Film and Creative Writing

I am a poet and critic publishing on contemporary poetry, environmental writing and ecocriticism, with a focus on interdisciplinarity. Critical works of mine have focused on metaphor, anthropomorphism and comedy ...

Dr Matthew Geary

Dr Matthew Geary

Teaching Fellow in Twentieth-Century Literature

Department of English Literature

My research has a maternal bias and focuses on the role of the mother as not only central to the development of the child but also to the production of ...

Dr Fernando Gómez Herrero

Dr Fernando Gómez Herrero

Teaching Fellow

Department of Modern Languages

Historical interactions between the Americas and Europe, with a focus on the Hispanic world expansively understood; legacies of the Early Modern/Colonial period (1500-1800); Colonial Studies and Postcolonial Theories; Cultural Studies ...

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor Rebecca Gould

Professor and Professorial Research Fellow, Islamic World and Comparative Literature

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

My primary expertise is in the literatures and cultures of the Caucasus, for which I have been awarded an ERC Starting Grant, research grants from the The Harry Frank Guggenheim ...

Dr Jason Grafmiller

Dr Jason Grafmiller

Lecturer in corpus-based sociolinguistics

Department of English Language and Linguistics

My research aims to better understand the nature of syntactic variation in the context of natural language use. Most recently I have been investigating grammatical alternations in World Englishes, e.g. ...

Professor Jack Grieve

Professor Jack Grieve

Professorial Fellow in Corpus Linguistics

Department of English Language and Linguistics

My main research interests are in corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, and dialectology. I am especially interested in grammatical and lexical variation in the English language across time, space and communicative context. ...

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Birmingham Fellow

Department of English Literature

My main research interests lie in what was known as 'criticism' in the late Renaissance and early Enlightenment; its relationship to humanistic, literary and religious culture; and its larger ...

Professor Alexandra Harris

Professor Alexandra Harris

Birmingham Professorial Fellow

Department of English Literature

Much of my research has been focussed on Modernism, especially the work of Virginia Woolf, but I have written about literature from the tenth century to the present and ...

Professor Karen Harvey

Professor Karen Harvey

Professorial Fellow and Professor of Cultural History

Department of History

I am a cultural historian of the British long eighteenth century, with a special interest in gender. I have ongoing interests in the body and sexuality, masculinity, print culture (both ...

Dr Sophie Hatchwell

Dr Sophie Hatchwell

Lecturer in History of Art

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

My research centres on visual culture in Britain and Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries, with a particular focus on the relationships between art writing, display and aesthetic experience. ...

Christiane Hoyer

Christiane Hoyer

DAAD-Lektorin

Department of Modern Languages

I’m interested in ways of integrating literary texts into language teaching, theories of language acquisition and intercultural differences.

Dr Ailsa Hunt

Lecturer in Ancient History

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

My major research interests are in Roman religion and in questions about how Romans thought about the world around them. At present I am particularly interested in Roman conceptions of ...

Professor David James

Professor David James

Professorial Research Fellow

Department of English Literature

I’m currently working on a sequence of books revolving around the politics and poetics of affective forms in contemporary fiction and life-writing. Each will reflect my longstanding commitment to ...

Dr Claus Jurman

Lecturer in Egyptology

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

My research activities focus on history, arts and society of Egypt during the first half of the 1st millennium BC – a time when Egypt was subjected to different ...

Dr Ioanna Katapidi

Dr Ioanna Katapidi

BRIDGE Research Fellow (Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Economic Development)

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

My main research interest lies on the idea of heritage as a social construct. I am particularly interested in the way people perceive and ‘construct’ heritage, especially in living heritage ...

Dr Aneta Mancewicz

Dr Aneta Mancewicz

Lecturer

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

I am currently working on a monograph which proposes a deconstructive approach to study postwar adaptations of Hamlet in Europe. The provisional title is “Hamlet” After Deconstruction (under contract with ...

Dr Laura S Martin

Dr Laura S Martin

Global Challenges Research Fellow

School of History and Cultures

My research interests include transitional justice, peacebuilding, transitions and the everyday, conflict and humour, social impacts of the West Africa Ebola epidemic, rumours and politics and local courts and chieftaincy ...

Dr Maeve McHugh

Dr Maeve McHugh

Teaching Fellow in Classical Archaeology

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Participant in the Mazi Archaeological Project, Attica http://www.maziplain.org/

Dr Anna Metcalfe

Dr Anna Metcalfe

Lecturer in Contemporary Writing

Department of Film and Creative Writing

I write prose fiction with an intercultural slant. My first novel, The Asteroid Hotel, follows a group of international artists inhabiting an abandoned hotel in central China. In my ...

Professor Candida Moss

Professor Candida Moss

Edward Cadbury Professor of Theology

Department of Theology and Religion

I am currently completing a book, based on the 2017 Cadbury Lectures, on Resurrection on the New Testament, Ancient Medicine, Disability, and Constructions of the Bodies.

Other ongoing projects ...

Dr Yoana Fernanda Nieto Valdivieso

Research Fellow in Gender and Transitional Justice

Birmingham Law School

Yoana co-authored with Luz Maria Londoño Mujeres no Contadas: Procesos de Desmobilisacion y retorno a la vida civil de mujeres excombatientes en Colombia. 1990-2003, a ground-breaking study of insurgent ...

Dr Matthew Parrott

Dr Matthew Parrott

Birmingham Fellow

Department of Philosophy

Presently, I am working on the following complimentary research projects:

My first project aims to understand delusional cognition and the nature of belief formation. More precisely, I am interested in ...

Dr David Pattie

Dr David Pattie

Senior Lecturer

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

I’ve got a long-standing interest in the work of Samuel Beckett. I’ve published a book, book chapters and articles on all aspects of his work, and I’ve been asked ...

Dr Marcus Perlman

Dr Marcus Perlman

Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics

Department of English Language and Linguistics

My research is driven by two big questions. What is language? and Where did it come from? My main angle into these questions is through iconicity – resemblance between the ...

Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran

Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran

Senior Lecturer in North American Literature

Department of English Literature

My first book of poems, Grun-tu-molani (Bloodaxe, 2014), was shortlisted for a number of prizes, and poems towards my next, The Million-Petalled Flower of Being Here, won a Northern ...

Dr Ellen Redling

Dr Ellen Redling

Lecturer

Department of Drama and Theatre Arts

I am currently working on a post-doctoral book project that has the working title ‘Theatre in Times of Uncertainty: Politics, Ethics and Aesthetics in British Big Issue Plays After 2000’. ...

Dr Nina Rolland

Research Associate

Department of Modern Languages

My current research, within the context of The Baudelaire Song Project, focuses on the analysis of song settings of poems by Baudelaire.

My broader research interests lie in 19th ...

Dr Chris Rose

Dr Chris Rose

Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing

Department of Film and Creative Writing

My research interests include parafiction, the uses of time and memory in short fiction, representations of voice in writing, the history of early photography and sound recording, and creative writing ...

Dr Emanuelle Santos

Dr Emanuelle Santos

Lecturer in Modern Languages

Department of Modern Languages

Through the analysis of crucial local and transnational historical, political, economic, social and aesthetical circumstances underpinning the richness inherent to the many cultures across the Portuguese-speaking world, my research critically ...

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor Oliver Scharbrodt

Professor of Islamic Studies

Department of Theology and Religion

 

Trained as an historian in modern Islamic thought, I initially worked on the influential 19th century Egyptian reformer Muhammad ‘Abduh and his relationship towards mystical and esoteric ...

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

Department of English Literature

My book, Nineteenth-Century Settler Emigration in British Literature and Art is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2018. This monograph explores the relationships between text and mobility in the context ...

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Dr Yafa Shanneik

Lecturer in Islamic Studies

Negotiating Relationships and Redefining Traditions: Syrian and Iraqi Women Refugees in Jordan

Funded by British Academy Sustainable Development Programme

This project focuses on the changing nature of family structures, ...

Professor Tiffany Stern

Professor Tiffany Stern

Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Drama

Shakespeare Institute

My work mingles literary criticism, editing, theatre history and book history. I specialise in the dramas of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, particularly Jonson, Brome, Middleton and Nashe, but also write ...

Dr Henry Taylor

Dr Henry Taylor

Birmingham Fellow

Department of Philosophy

I am interested in the intersection of philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind and metaphysics. Currently, I work on colour, and in bringing insights from both the metaphysics ...

Dr Milena Tripkovic

Dr Milena Tripkovic

Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Dr Tripkovic’s current research focuses on a variety of criminal sanctions which go beyond traditional forms of punishment in that they seek to undermine offenders’ citizenship status. Her original ...

Professor Bryan S. Turner

Professor Bryan S. Turner

Honorary Professor at Potsdam University
and Director of the Centre for Social Citizenship, Religious Diversity and Social Pluralism at Potsdam
Distinguished Honorary Fellow, Edward Cadbury Centre

Department of Theology and Religion

Dr Rob Waters

Dr Rob Waters

Lecturer in Modern British History

Department of History

My research is concerned with how global race politics and the struggles of decolonization have shaped the modern history of Britain.

My first book, Thinking Black: Britain, 1964–1985, looked ...

Dr Emma West

Dr Emma West

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Department of English Literature

Research projects

To date, my research has been guided by a single question: How did modernism reach the British public? For my AHRC-funded PhD thesis, I examined how magazines, fashion ...

Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Birmingham Fellow

Department of English Literature

My first monograph, Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book (Cambridge, 2017) was a study of the eighteenth-century editions of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser. It reflects my interests in the ...

Dr Enea Zaramella

Dr Enea Zaramella

Lecturer in Latin American Studies

My interest in the relationship between music and literature began with a MA thesis on Argentinean writer Julio Cortázar and his fascination with jazz. In my PhD thesis I went ...

Dr Emma Zimmerman

Dr Emma Zimmerman

Teaching Fellow in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature

I am currently working on my first monograph, titled Architexture: Space, Place, and Form in the Modernist Novel. The book examines the connections between the twentieth-century built environment and ...