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Most of my teaching on the History of Art degrees is in the modern period and, specifically, on nineteenth-century art, however, I also teach classes on approaches to art history and methodology. On the BA History of Art I teach two blocks on the Level 5 course, Art and Society in the Nineteenth Century. The first block is about Art and the City and examines some of the major cultural and artistic themes that emerged from the growth and modernisation of London and Paris during the nineteenth century. Classes topics include: urban improvement and the visual arts; health and the city; moral respectability and urban identity; the times of day and the development and representation of commercial entertainment in the period. The second block is on The Body and the Visual Arts and considers key debates and modes of representing the body in the nineteenth century, looking at topics such as: the nude and the academy; the body in motion; the male nude; Degas, Gauguin and the female nude.

On the MA History of Art, I contribute to the MA Core Course Current Approaches to the History of Art and also offer two Option Courses: Inventing the Victorians, which examines how artists today engage with Victorian themes and motifs; and Gender, Modernity and the City, which looks at the ways in which visual artists represented the new gendered identities that emerged in cities in the second half of the nineteenth century.

I am currently Director of Postgraduate Studies in History of Art and coordinate the curriculum for research students, which includes Study Skills, Writing the Image/Object/Space, and the Postgraduate Visiting Speakers seminar series. I currently supervise PhD students working on a range of subjects such as: Trading Victorian Femininity, Transitory Spaces of the Home in Nineteenth-Century Art, Paper Peepshows, and Post-War Housing and Visual Culture. I welcome proposals for research on nineteenth-century and twentieth-century British art and culture, gender and representation, art and the city, art and film.