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Our staff

Staff categories

These are our Birkbeck staff categories within the Department of History of Art. 

Head of department

Academic staff 

Associate lecturers 

Emeritus academic staff 

  • Professor Francis Ames-Lewis
  • Professor Peter Draper: Honorary Life Member of the College
    • Peter Draper is Visiting Professor in the History of Architecture, having been both a lecturer and senior lecturer in the History of Art Department. He was Honorary Editor of Architectural History, the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain from 1985 to 1992, and served as president of the society from 2000 to 2004. He was Chairman of the Fabric Advisory Committee at Southwark Cathedral from 1995 to 2008 and was a member of the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England from 2001 to 2011.
  • Dr Tag Gronberg: Reader Emerita in the History of Art and Design
    • Tag Gronberg's research interests include gender and modernism, particularly across art, design and architecture. Her books on late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century visual culture in France and Austria extend the study of gender and urban modernity to incorporate debates on architecture, craft and consumption. She has published on issues to do with memory, including the recent retrieval and display of Titanic artefacts. Her current projects explore gender and 1920s visual culture in France, Austria and Britain, including fashion, photography, film and interior design.
  • Professor John Steer
  • Professor William Vaughan: Emeritus Professor of History of Art

Research Fellows and visiting professors 

Departmental administrators: for general queries about our courses and studying 

  • You can the History of Art administrative team.
    • Diana Bogatu: Programme administrator for all BA programmes, Certificate of HE in History of Art & History of Art and Architecture, and Graduate Certificate in History of Art and Architecture
    • Shirley van de Polder: Programme administrator for all Postgraduate (MA & MRes) programmes
    • : Team Leader
    • : Assistant School Manager
    • Anthony Shepherd is the Administrator for all MPhil/PhD programmes in the School of Arts.