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STAFF CATEGORIES 

These are our Birkbeck staff categories within the Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing. 

Head of department 

Academic staff  

EMERITUS STAFF 

  • Isobel Armstrong: Fellow of the College
    • Isobel Armstrong is a Fellow of the British Academy, Senior Research Fellow of the Institute of English Studies and Professor Emeritus of what is now the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair. During her time at Birkbeck, she founded the London Seminar for Nineteenth-Century Studies and the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies. During retirement she has taught at the universities of Harvard and Johns Hopkins and spoken at international conferences. She is also a published poet.
  • Laurel Brake: Professor Emerita of English Literature and Print Culture
  • Sandra Clark
    • After retiring from Birkbeck in 2006, Sandra Clark became Acting, Deputy Director and then Director of the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London until 2012. Her special interest is in Shakespeare and early modern drama and popular literature. She is the author of six books and numerous articles and chapters in books and is also the Series Editor of the Arden Shakespeare Dictionaries.
  • Hilary Fraser
    • Hilary Fraser came to Birkbeck in 2002 to take up the Geoffrey Tillotson Chair of Nineteenth-Century Studies. As Director of the Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies, Hilary was the founding editor of its online journal, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century. She is a published author and has written monographs on the Victorians and Renaissance Italy, aesthetics and religion in Victorian writing, nineteenth-century non-fiction prose, and gender and the Victorian periodical. She has been President of the British Association for Victorian Studies since 2015.
  • Barbara Hardy
  • Tom Healy
  • Russell Celyn Jones
    • Russell Celyn Jones set up the MA Creative Writing course at Birkbeck in 2003 and was its director for 12 years. His short fiction has been anthologised around the world and Soldiers and Innocents was serialised on BBC Radio 4. He has been a freelance feature writer for the Observer, Guardian, Independent, Time Out and Sunday Times, and a book reviewer for The Times for 15 years. Prizes he has judged include the Man Booker Prize, The Royal Society of Literature Ondaatji Prize and the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. He also chaired the annual Man Booker event at Birkbeck.
  • Peter Mudford
  • Michael Slater: Fellow of the College
    • Michael Slater is one of the most highly regarded scholars of nineteenth-century literature. From 1958 to 1977 he edited The Dickensian and he served as president both of the International Dickens Fellowship and of the Dickens Society of America. He has always been actively involved in the affairs of Dickens House Museum. Michael worked and taught continuously at Birkbeck for 36 years and has taught and lectured in the US, across Europe, Australasia and the Far East.
  • Colin Teevan

RESEARCH FELLOWS AND VISITING PROFESSORS

  • Sophia Brown, Associate Research Fellow
  • David Gillott, Associate Research Fellow
  • Hallvard Haug, Associate Research Fellow
  • Sarah Lightman, Honorary Research Fellow 
  • Rosie Miles, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Christopher Norris, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Sean O'Brien, Associate Research Fellow
  • Laura Seymour, Associate Research Fellow and Lecturer in Seventeenth-Century Literature

Study skills and learning support advisEr 

Administrative staff 

  • , Assistant School Manager for English, Theatre and Creative Writing
  • , Team Leader for English, Theatre and Creative Writing
  • Esther Ranson, Programme Administrator for the BA English, BA Arts and Humanities, MA Medieval Literature and Culture, MA Renaissance Studies, MA Victorian Studies, and MA Applied Medical Humanities
  • Annmarie Shadie, Programme Administrator for the BA Creative Writing, BA Creative Writing and English, MA Creative Writing, MFA Creative Writing, and MA Creative and Critical Writing
  • Isobel Alexis (Wednesday-Friday), Programme Administrator for MFA Theatre Directing, BA Theatre Studies, BA Theatre and Drama Studies, MA Text and Performance, MA Dramaturgy, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, MA Cultural and Critical Studies and MA Contemporary Literature and Culture
  •  (only Monday-Tuesday), Programme Administrator for MFA Theatre Directing, BA Theatre Studies, BA Theatre and Drama Studies, MA Text and Performance, MA Dramaturgy, MA Modern and Contemporary Literature, MA Cultural and Critical Studies and MA Contemporary Literature and Culture
  • Anthony Shepherd, Team Leader for the MPhil/ PhD Research
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