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Staff categories

These are our Birkbeck staff categories within the Department of Psychosocial Studies. 

Head of department 

Academic staff 

Teaching and Scholarship staff 

Graduate Teaching Assistant

  • Matt Oakes
  • Sharon Tugwell

Research Fellows 

Emeritus staff

  • Miriam Zukas, Professor Emerita of Adult Education
    • Miriam Zukas was the first Executive Dean of SSHP from 2009 to 2016, and Birkbeck's Public Engagement Champion between 2016 and 2018. She was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship in 2008 and a Fellowship of Birkbeck in November, 2016. Miriam's research interests include academics and academic work and learning, professional workplace pedagogies, doctors' learning in transition, professional learning in transitions, and adult higher education.
    • Visit Miriam Zukas' website
  • Dr Gail Lewis, Reader Emerita of Psychosocial Studies
    • Gail Lewis joined the Department in 2013 and was Assistant Dean between 2015 and 2017. She is a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Gender Department at LSE and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Essex/Tavistock and Portman Clinic. Her research interests focus on three areas: the history and character of black feminism in Britain; how modes of colonial thought are entangled in contemporary practices of citizenship and social welfare in ways that mark the latter as postcolonial; and the ways in which processes of racialisation and gender formation shape or impact the dynamics of social interaction in everyday practice.
  • Lynne Segal
  • Avtar Brah 

Visiting and affiliated academics 

  • Professor Judith Butler, Maxine Elliot Professor of Comparative Literature, UC Berkeley, USA.
  • Nicola Dahrendorf
  • Marcela Lopez Levy
  • Belinda Mandelbaum
  • Sharon Sliwinski, Western University, Canada.
  • Efrat Even-Tzur

Professional and support staff: Administrative