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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
  • Adrian Babbage: Honorary Reader in History of Art
    • Adrian Babbidge has long experience in the museums and heritage sector as a curator, manager and consultant, latterly specialising in governance, financial, legal and strategic management issues. He has published practical guidance in these areas, and contributed reports for both local and national government. His current research interests are in museums policy and the use of data to inform the study of the historical development of museums. He has published several papers on these topics, especially in the journal Cultural Trends. He continues to develop his statistical observatory with the aim of helping the development of a longitudinal perspective on changes in UK museums. Read his full biography and details of his publications.
  • 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 

  • Susanna Avery-Quash, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Juliana Barone, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Allison Deutsch, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
  • Frances Hatherley, Associate Research Fellow
  • Anita Klesch, Honorary Research Fellow
  • Dr Gabriel Koureas, Honorary Research Fellow and Life Member of the College
  • Lucy Peltz, Honorary Research Fellow 
  • Rebecca Sykes, Associate Research Fellow
  • Sean Willcock, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow
  • Colette Wilson, Honorary Research Fellow

Departmental administrators: for general queries about our courses and studying 

  • You can the History of Art administrative team.
    • : 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
    • : Team Leader
    • : Assistant School Manager
    • Anthony Shepherd is the Administrator for all MPhil/PhD programmes in the School of Arts.