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Staff in the School of Creative Arts, Culture and Communication


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Academic 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. Visit Isobel Armstrong's fellows page.
  • Laurel Brake, Professor Emerita of English Literature and Print Culture: Visit Laurel Brake's fellows page or .
  • 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.
  • Alison Finlay, Honorary Life Member of the College: Alison's research interests are primarily in Old Icelandic. She has worked on the Icelandic poets’ sagas and other sagas of Icelanders, and is currently engaged on a translation of the historical text Heimskringla, in collaboration with Anthony Faulkes. Alison is also involved in re-editing the corpus of Old Norse skaldic poetry, and is editing verses for Volume 1 of Skaldic Poetry of the Scandinavian Middle Ages. She is currently editing, with Martin Arnold, a collection of articles on the fornaldarsögur. She is also writing a book provisionally called Skalds and Sagas, about the characterisation and function of poets in the Norse-Icelandic Kings’ sagas and the sagas of Icelanders.
  • 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. .
  • 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
  • Mpalive-Hangson Msiska, Reader in English and Humanities: Mpalive has previously studied in Malawi, Canada, Germany and Scotland and has taught at the Universities of Malawi, Stirling and Bath Spa. External responsibilities include being examiner or joint-supervisor of PhD theses, BA and MA Programmes at other Universities in Britain and abroad. He is a member of the Wole Soyinka Society, The Royal African Society and the Association of the African Studies in the UK (ASAUK) and a Board Member of The Canon Collins Trust, dedicated to sourcing scholarships to enable qualified students from Southern Africa undertake higher education either in Africa or the United Kingdom.
  • 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: Professor of Playwriting and Screenwriting, Colin teaches writing for stage screen and radio at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Colin's stagework has been performed all over the world. He is a long term collaborator with many of the world’s foremost theatre practitioners including Kathryn Hunter, Sir Peter Hall, Hideki Noda, Walter Meirjohann and Dalia Ibelhauptaite. Colin has written more than ten full-length plays for BBC Radios 3 and 4 including the award-winning Glass Houses (2007). 
  • Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Reader Emerita in Memory and Cultural Studies. Dr Arnold-de-Simine's work is concerned with (trans-)media aesthetics and ethics, tracing the pathways and following the transnational flow of commemorative practices across a range of different media forms and contexts such as screen media, (digital) archives, museums and heritage sites. She is the co-director of the BIRMAC research centre (Birkbeck Interdisciplinary Research in Media and Culture) and is currently working on a book entitled Memory in 3D: Holograms and Digital Afterlives
  • Jean Braybrook, Honorary Life Member of the College
  • Penelope Gardner-Chloros: Professor Emerita of Sociolinguistics and Language Contact. Penelope specialised in Code-switching and is the author of the 2009 volume ‘Code-switching’ (CUP), as well as another monograph on language in Strasbourg, a co-edited volume on Vernacular Literacy and over 60 peer-reviewed articles in journals and books. Since her retirement, she has been working on a biography of El Greco. An ‘Essential Knowledge’ volume for MIT Press on Bilingualism is also in preparation. She lives in Oxford and in Greece.
  • Professor Robin Howells: Robin Howells specialises in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century French literature and culture (classicism and, principally, Enlightenment). He also uses paradigms from Bakhtin (carnivalesque, dialogism, polemical stupidity) to examine aspects of literature generally. His main research interests are Bernardin de Saint-Pierre and the writing and visual arts of the late eighteenth century. 
  • Professor John Kraniauskas: Professor Emeritus in Latin American Studies: John Kraniauskas is a specialist in Latin American literary and cultural studies, cultural theory and political philosophy with particular interests in relations between state and cultural forms. John was a founding co-editor of the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies 
  • Professor Patrick Pollard: Patrick Pollard is professor of French, nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, Gide, the classical tradition, and gender. His research interests include the history of ideas (with an emphasis on nineteenth- to twentieth-century France), history of literature, history of homosexuality and the classical tradition in France, specifically the history of the translation of Greek and Latin authors into French, the modern reuse of ancient myths, and gender and sexuality. He has been a member of the Association des Amis d’André Gide since its inception, and is currently Honorary Treasurer of the Emile Zola Society, London. 
  • Mme Madeleine Renouard: Emerita Reader in French: Madeleine Renouard's most recent co-edited book Barbara Wright Translation As Art was published in 2013 by Dalkey Archive Press. She is currently editing the poet Lorand Gaspar's hospital diaries and notes. Madeleine was for many years Editor of La Chouette journal.
  • Dr Martin Shipway
  • Professor Ian Short: Emeritus Professor of French: Ian Short's research interests include medieval studies, in particular French vernacular literature, Anglo-Norman, and the epic. 
  • Dr John Walker: Emeritus Reader in German Intellectual History. Dr Walker's research has been chiefly in the field of nineteenth-century German literature and philosophy. His current research interest is in the relevance of German and German-Jewish philosophy to intercultural and interfaith dialogue, in which he has a personal as well as an academic interest. His book Wilhelm von Humboldt and Transcultural Communication in a Multicultural World will appear in October 2022 with Boydell and Brewer (Rochester, NY). He continues to be involved with a number of research projects in this field and welcomes enquiries from like-minded scholars. 
  • Professor David Wells: 


  • Professor Daniel Brown, Visiting Professor
  • Dr Laura Cushing-Harries, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Tom Dillon, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Dickon Edwards, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr David Gillott, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Tobias Harris, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Hallvard Haug, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Paul Ingram, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Robyn Jakeman, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Professor Kyoung Hee Joung, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Professor Douglas Kerr, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Janette Leaf, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Professor Michael Lewis, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr James Machin, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Sean O'Brien, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Professor Zoe Playdon, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Professor Michael Robertson, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Henghameh Saroukhani, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Steven Spencer, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Robert Stearn, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Michael Warren, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Marcos Centeno, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Daniela Cerimonia, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Sally Cook, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Beverley Costa, Senior Practitioner Fellowship
  • Professor John Flowerdew, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Lynne Flowerdew, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Carles Fuster, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Simon Jarrett, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Professor Adam Jaworski, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Bronwen Martin, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Sharona Moskowitz, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Professor Martha Pennington, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Louise Rolland, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Maria Sanz Ferrer, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Kit Yee Wong, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Jian Xu, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Professor Christine Geraghty, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Professor Catherine Grant, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Dr Chris Horrie, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Professor Ana Laura Lopez de la Torre, Honorary Research Fellowship
  • Professor Lance Pettitt, Associate Research Fellowship
  • Dr Sue Short, Honorary Research Fellowship

Associate lecturers 

Senior practitioner fellow

  • Dr Beverley Costa: After training as an individual counsellor and psychotherapist, Dr Beverley Costa set up Mothertongue multi-ethnic counselling service (2000-2018) to meet a gap she observed, in services for multilingual clients. In 2009 she created a pool of mental health interpreters within Mothertongue and in 2010 she formed the national Bilingual Therapist and Mental Health Interpreter Forum. In 2013, she established “Colleagues Across Borders”: a project in which professionals offer peer support, pro bono and via remote platforms, to refugee psychosocial workers and interpreters based mainly in the Middle East and Eastern Europe. She founded The Pásalo Project in 2017 to disseminate learning from Mothertongue. With Professor Jean-Marc Dewaele, she won the 2013 British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Equality and Diversity Research Award. Beverley has delivered training and supervision to statutory and voluntary sector health and social care organisations for the past two decades. She received funding from the National Lottery and the Arts Council to produce two anthologies of interpreters’ stories and a play about a couple in a cross-language relationship, for the Soho Theatre, London. She co-founded the performance group of interpreters, Around the Well, in 2018. In 2020, she received funding from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to create an e-learning resource on multilingualism and mental health. Her book Other Tongues - psychological therapies in a multilingual world was published in 2020 by PCCS Books. 

Study skills and Learning support advisor