Liberal Arts Staff Profiles

Dr Michael Finn Senior Lecturer and Director of Liberal Arts
Lead Academics
Dr Fiona Cox Senior Lecturer (French) (Module convenor for The Art of Reading and Writing. Research interests are reception of classical literature, especially Virgil and Ovid, in literature and culture since the nineteenth century; contemporary women’s writing in French )
Professor Sarah Hamilton Professor of Medieval History (Professor of Medieval History, Associate Dean for Education in the College of Humanities and module convenor for Think Tank. Her research interests include medieval religion and exploring the relationships between ecclesiastical institutions and rites and medieval society)
Dr Tim Rees Senior Lecturer (Senior Lecturer in the History department, and module convenor for Food, Famine and Feast. His research interests include; the history of Spanish communism, international communism in 1920s and 1930s France, the Spanish Civil War, and British visual culture in the First World War)
Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion (Module convenor for Body and Culture. Her research lies in social, anthropological, and cultural constructions of the body in ancient religions and the present-day West, with a particular interest in death, body modification, sexuality, and gender)
Academic Community
Des Atkinson Research Student in Medieval History (Researching late medieval England and France, especially the fifteenth-century church, its administration, institutions and personnel)
Dr Susannah Cornwall Senior Lecturer in Constructive Theologies (Advanced Research Fellow in Theology and Religion. Her research interests are in postcolonial, queer and feminist theologies; theologies of the body, including gender, sexuality and disability; and medical ethics)
Dr Norman Dandy Senior Lecturer in Politics (His research focuses on wildlife conservation and management, primarily in northern forest environments. He specialises in qualitative research and has a particular interest in the use of photography and images within these methods)
Florence Gomez Lecturer (E&S)
Professor Joe Kember Associate Professor (His research addresses the development of popular and visual entertainments throughout the Victorian period and early twentieth century, including traditions of performance and representation in early and silent film, magic lantern shows, music hall, and fairground)
Professor Louise Lawrence Associate Professor in New Testament Studies (Senior Lecturer in Theology and Religion. Her major research interests are anthropological approaches to New Testament texts and cultural and contextual implications of reading scripture)
Professor Morwenna Ludlow Professor (Professor of Theology and Religion. Specialises in the history of Christianity, the use of rhetoric in Christianity, and Christian concepts of heaven, hell and the end of the world)
Dr Richard Mansell Senior Lecturer in Translation (Hispanic Studies) (Specialises in translator strategies and translation history)
Professor Richard Toye Professor (Professor of Modern History; specialist in late-Nineteenth and Twentieth Century British history in its international context; author of Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (2013))
Professor Jane Whittle Professor of Economic and Social History (Historian of late medieval and early modern rural England, with particular interest in food, agriculture, consumption, work and everyday life)
Professor Michael Winter Professor & Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research (Co-leader of Defra's Sustainable Intensification Platform. He is a social scientist specialising in agriculture and food)
Professor Matthew Wright Professor of Greek (Specialist in literature and drama of ancient Greece and the early development of literary criticism; his most recent work has centred on fragmentary and lost literature)
Honorary Academics
Professor Adrian Thatcher Honorary Professorial Research Fellow (Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in Theology and Religion)
Support Staff
Susan Margetts Administrator (Programme Support)