New staff profiles for academic year 18/19

Below is a list of all new staff profiles that we have created for the academic year 2018-2019.

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.

Dr Nicola Astudillo-Jones

Dr Nicola Astudillo-Jones

Teaching Fellow in Spanish

Department of Modern Languages

Research interests

My research focuses on the production and consumption of Latin American culture in the UK. My doctoral thesis examined the discourse of Latin American magical realism in the UK press ...

Dr Kate Ballantyne

Dr Kate Ballantyne

Teaching Fellow in US History

Department of History

Research interests

I am a historian of race and power in the twentieth century United States, with specialisation of the civil rights movement and student activism.  My PhD dissertation evaluated student radicalism ...

Dr Matteo Barbato

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Classics and Ancient History

Research interests

My research investigates Athenian democracy, public discourse and ideology through an interdisciplinary approach based on the New Institutionalism in political science.

I am currently involved in three projects:

  1. A study ...

Professor Kate Bedford

Professor Kate Bedford

Professor of Law
Deputy Head of School (Research)

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Kate’s research focuses on how law, regulation, and governance shape economies, societies, and subjectivities, especially in terms of gender and sexuality.

In 2009 she published a book exploring the impact ...

Dr James E Bennett

Dr James E Bennett

Teaching Fellow in Egyptology

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Research interests

My research focuses on the development of Egyptian urbanism and material culture during the Third Intermediate Period, Late Dynastic Period, and the Ptolemaic-Roman Period. I currently have three main research ...

Dr Verity Burke

Dr Verity Burke

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of English Literature

Research interests

I received my PhD for my thesis, “Intermedial Anatomy: Nineteenth-Century Literature and Collections Culture in the Cole Library of Early Medicine and Zoology” (July 2018). The project adopted an interdisciplinary ...

Dr John Child

Dr John Child

Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

John’s research interests centre on criminal law theory, and particularly the internal structuring of offences and defences within the general part, where he has published widely.

John has contributed to ...

Professor Sylvie Delacroix

Professor Sylvie Delacroix

Professor in Law and Ethics

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Much of Sylvie Delacroix’s current work calls for renewed attention to be paid to habits and their relationship to normative agency. Mostly neglected in moral and legal theory (and rarely ...

Dr Marco Di Nunzio

Dr Marco Di Nunzio

Lecturer in African Studies and Anthropology

Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Research interests

As a social and political anthropologist, I am concerned with documenting how development produces marginality as well as exploring how anthropological research on the ordinary and the everyday life can ...

Jessica Fay

Teaching Fellow in Eighteenth-Century and Early Nineteenth-Century English Literature

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My monograph, Wordsworth’s Monastic Inheritance (Oxford University Press, 2018), is the first comprehensive study of Wordsworth’s engagement with the material and cultural legacies of the medieval monastic system. While offering ...

Dr Leslie Fesenmyer

Dr Leslie Fesenmyer

Lecturer in the Anthropology of Africa

Department of African Studies and Anthropology

Research interests

Through various research projects, I am pursuing two strands of interest:

1) Kinship and care

Drawing on multi-sited fieldwork in Kenya and London, I am completing a book manuscript titled ...

Dr Richard Graham

Dr Richard Graham

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and the Digital

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My research explores the intersection of technology, language and culture in contemporary media forms within a global context. I am currently working on my first monograph, which explores historical and ...

Dr Alan Greene

Senior Lecturer

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Alan's research focuses on the limits of constitutionalism, judicial review, and the role of courts in vindicating the rule of law. He explores these themes in the context of emergency powers, ...

Dr Vendula Hnídková

Dr Vendula Hnídková

Marie Sklodowska-Curie Research Fellow

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Research interests

I am currently researching Garden Cities Movement in the project Idea, Ideal, Idyll: Garden Cities in Central Europe 1890s-1930s, funded by the ERC (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship). This project ...

Dr J. Cale Johnson

Dr J. Cale Johnson

Senior Lecturer in Assyriology

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Research interests

I am finishing up two projects, a new edition of Babylonian medical treatments for gastrointestinal disease, Gastrointestinal Disease and Its Treatment in Ancient Mesopotamia, and an edition of Middle ...

Dr Anne-Laura Kraak

Dr Anne-Laura Kraak

Teaching Fellow

Ironbridge International Institute for Cultural Heritage

Research interests

Intersection of: World Heritage, living heritage, human rights, social justice, heritage destruction, development, conflict

Dr Atina Krajewska

Dr Atina Krajewska

Senior Birmingham Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

In her research Dr Atina Krajewska focuses on the developments of human rights law in the area of health and biomedicine. Underpinning her research is the attempt to investigate the ...

Dr Joseph Lambert

Dr Joseph Lambert

Teaching Fellow in French and Translation

Department of Modern Languages

Research interests

Joseph’s research takes the innovative step of synthesising ideas from ethical theory, hermeneutics and translation studies, bringing them into critical conversation and exploring the questions of representation and intervention that ...

Dr Catherine Lester

Dr Catherine Lester

Lecturer in Film and Television

Department of Film and Creative Writing

Research interests

My primary research area is horror films for children in Hollywood cinema. This was the basis of my PhD thesis (available here) and I am developing this into a ...

Dr Georgina Lucas

Dr Georgina Lucas

Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare Studies

Shakespeare Institute

Research interests

My most recent and forthcoming publications explore the intersection between rape and massacre  on the early modern stage, the relationship between on and off-stage violence, domesticity in early modern contemporary ...

Dr Panagiotis Manafis

Dr Panagiotis Manafis

ITSEE Research Fellow

Department of Theology and Religion

Research interests

Codex Zacynthius Project - a new edition, transcription and translation of the earliest New Testament catena manuscript using multispectral images.

CATENA - a five-year project on Greek New Testament commentary ...

Paul McConnell

Paul McConnell

Senior Lecturer
Director of Careers and Employability

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Paul is interested in research relating to the legal profession, as well as pedagogic research relating to the Employability and professional skills of Law students.

Dr Margarida McMurry

Teaching Fellow in Portuguese

Department of Modern Languages

Research interests

I am currently working together with Doctor Virginia Pigniagnoli, University of Turin, and Doctor Malcah Efron, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, on an article based on our panel for the Narrative ...

Dr Fiona Mitchell

Teaching Fellow in Greek Language and Literature

Classics, Ancient History and Archaeology

Research interests

I am currently converting my doctoral thesis, ‘Monsters in Ancient Greek Cosmogony, Ethnography and Biology’, into a monograph.

I am also developing a project on conceptions of time in ancient ...

Immaculate Motsi-Omoijiade

Immaculate Motsi-Omoijiade

Research Associate

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Immaculate’s research focus is on Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology with an emphasis on the legal, regulatory, governance and operational considerations in the application of this technology in financial services ...

Dr Akira Murakami

Dr Akira Murakami

Birmingham Fellow

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

My main research interests are in second language acquisition, corpus linguistics, and quantitative data analysis. I am particularly interested in systematicity and individuality in second language development. To characterize language ...

Richard O'Brien

Richard O'Brien

Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare and Creativity
Birmingham Poet Laureate 2018-2020

Shakespeare Institute

Research interests

The development of verse drama in Britain from the 16th century to the present day, particularly as understood in dialogue with Shakespeare; fictional depictions of Shakespeare and especially Shakespeare’s contemporaries, ...

Dr Gerardo Ortega

Dr Gerardo Ortega

Lecturer

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

His research explores how iconicity and gesture may influence different aspects related to the acquisition and processing of sign languages by deaf children and hearing adults. He has used behavioural ...

Dr Nicolò Palazzetti

Teaching Fellow in Music

Department of Music

Research interests

My doctoral thesis focused on the cultural reception of Béla Bartók in Italy (1900-1960).

My current research project focuses on Italian musical migration to London from Italian unification (1861) to ...

Dr Angie Pepper

Lecturer in Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Research interests

Much of my current research is concerned with the place of nonhuman animals in contemporary theorising about global justice. Specifically, I am interested in what including nonhuman animals within a ...

Dr Garry Plappert

Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

Department of English Language and Linguistics

Research interests

My main research interests are in corpus linguistics, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and discourse analysis. I am particularly interested in exploring the ways in which the methods of corpus ...

Professor Muireann Quigley

Professor of Law, Medicine, and Technology

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Professor Quigley’s recent research has focused on three main areas: (1) bodies and biomaterials, (2) bodies and (bio)technologies, and (3) the use of the behavioural sciences in law and policy. ...

Dr Hany Rashwan

Dr Hany Rashwan

Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Arabic rhetoric leader)

School of Languages, Cultures, Art History and Music

Research interests

My research focuses on both Arabic balāghah (literary poetics) and khitābah (oral public speech and philosophical argumentation); and how to establish fruitful dialogues between various interrelated disciplines, such as: ...

Dr Rebecca Roach

Dr Rebecca Roach

Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

Department of English Literature

Research interests

My research straddles twentieth and twenty-first century Anglophone literatures. I am particularly interested in the relation of literature and literary studies to wider culture. Research interests include digital cultures, life ...

Dr Maria Roca Lizarazu

Dr Maria Roca Lizarazu

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Department of Modern Languages

Research interests

Maria’s doctoral research investigated representations of the Holocaust and the Second World War across a range of German- and Austrian-Jewish writers who belong to the second or third generation born ...

Dr Julia Secklehner

Dr Julia Secklehner

Research Fellow

Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies

Research interests

I work on the ERC-funded project ‘Continuity or Rupture? Art and Architecture of Central Europe: 1918-1938’ (CRAACE) with Professor Matthew Rampley, Dr Marta Filipová and Dr Nóra Veszprémi. Within this ...

Elizabeth Speakman

Research Fellow

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Elizabeth’s research interests lie at the intersection of law, public health and ethics. She has a particular interest in public health law and governance, particularly relating to patient safety.  In recent ...

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge

Professor Lyndsey Stonebridge

Interdisciplinary Chair
Professor of Humanities and Human Rights

Department of English Literature

Research interests

Professor Stonebridge’s research focuses on twentieth-century and contemporary literature and history, Human Rights, and Refugee Studies, drawing on the interdisciplinary connections between literature, history, politics, law, and social policy. She ...

Professor Lorraine Talbot

Professor Lorraine Talbot

Professor of Company Law in Context
Deputy Director of Research (environment)

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Professor Talbot researches in contextual and critical approaches to company law, corporate governance and business organisations; approaches which include issues around political economy, theory, power, gender and history. Her work ...

Antonio Terron-Barroso

Antonio Terron-Barroso

Assistant Tutor in Modern Languages – Spanish

Department of Modern Languages

Research interests

My current research focus is on the linguistic construction of the Spanish national identity through the discourse of transnational cinema in English and Spanish.

As part of my PhD I ...

Professor Lisa Webley

Professor Lisa Webley

Chair in Legal Education and Research
Head of Birmingham Law School

Birmingham Law School

Dr Antonia Wimbush

Dr Antonia Wimbush

Teaching Fellow in French

Department of Modern Languages

Research interests

Antonia’s PhD research explored issues of mobility, identity, displacement, and exile as expressed in contemporary autobiographical narratives written in French by women writers from across the Francophone postcolonial world. Analysing ...

Dr Harris Wiseman

Dr Harris Wiseman

Research Associate

Department of Theology and Religion

Research interests

My research interests surround the ethics of enhancement technologies, the effects of emerging technology on society, and religious implications of such emerging technologies; also, I am interested in the way ...

Professor Karen Yeung

Professor Karen Yeung

Interdisciplinary Professorial Fellow in Law, Ethics and Informatics

Birmingham Law School

Research interests

Karen’s research expertise lies in the regulation and governance of, and through, new and emerging technologies.  Her work has been at the forefront of nurturing ‘law, regulation and technology’ as ...