Staff Profiles: Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Dr. David Webster

Dr. David Webster

Head of Learning & Teaching Innovation / Principal Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy & Ethics

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

English and Creative Writing

My role allows me to switch from collaborating with colleagues on enhancing learning and teaching in the university, to working with students on topics as diverse as Satanist activism, Buddhism, existentialism & also leading our Cordoba field trip.

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a Senior Lecturer in American history, teaching courses on democracy and slavery in the 19th century, reconstruction and the South after the Civil War, major themes in 20th century US history, and the long civil rights movement.

Hilary Smith

Hilary Smith

Academic Course Leader for Professional Studies in Children’s Play

Performing Arts and Play

Leisure Industries Management

My career began on an open-access adventure playground in Cardiff where my passion for play was ignited.

Prof. Philip Esler

Prof. Philip Esler

Portland Chair in New Testament Studies

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I specialise in the interpretation of biblical and extra-biblical texts and ancient legal papyri using social-scientific ideas and perspectives to open up new lines of enquiry and to help understand the results.

Dr. Angela France

Dr. Angela France

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

I write and teach poetry and have published four poetry books, Occupation (2009), Lessons in Mallemaroking (2011), Hide (2013). and The Hill (2017). I also have an interest in writing for well-being and run writing workshops in the community.

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I teach Russian and Soviet history and historical research methods.

Dr. Paul Innes

Dr. Paul Innes

Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

English and Creative Writing

I'm a specialist in Shakespeare studies and I'm particularly interested in what his plays meant at the time they were written and how they were performed on his own stage.

Dr. Roy Jackson

Dr. Roy Jackson

Reader in Philosophy of Religion, Academic Course Leader for MA in Philosophical and Religious Thought

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a Reader in the Philosophy of Religion, teaching courses on Islam, Nietzsche, Greek philosophy, and philosophy of religion.

Dr. Lania Knight

Dr. Lania Knight

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

I've wanted to be a writer since the fifth grade. I love story, whether it's made up or true-to-life. My family is chock-full of storytellers, and I'm glad to be continuing the tradition.

Dr. William Large

Dr. William Large

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I teach and write philosophy. In a world of cynicism, opportunism and anxiety, I hope, by the end of the course, my students have the courage to be themselves.

Dr. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Biblical and theological perspectives offer sometimes surprising, sometimes problematic insights on what it means to be human. I’m fascinated by the hard questions they provoke for understanding who we are and how we might live.

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Prof. Nigel McLoughlin

Professor of Creativity and Poetics

English and Creative Writing

I teach the craft of writing poetry, and modules related to my other areas of interest, including cognitive stylistic methods of analysing texts; the creative processes involved in writing; and how language is processed in the brain.

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

I love the way in which literature and creative writing allows us to explore ourselves and the world around us.

Dr. Vicky Morrisroe

Dr. Vicky Morrisroe

Senior Lecturer in History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I have a specialist interest in European Intellectual History, and am particularly interested in the relationship between race, religion and historiography in the nineteenth century.

Dr. Erin Peters

Dr. Erin Peters

Lecturer in Early Modern History

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

I am a lecturer in early modern history with research interests in seventeenth-century Britain and interdisciplinary expertise in memory, commemoration and post-conflict studies in early modern Europe.

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Senior Lecturer in Liberal and Performing Arts

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

My main area of specialisation is the study of the sacred texts of Christianity (Old Testament/Hebrew Bible) in the context of the ancient world from a number of perspectives including archaeology, sociology and anthropology.

Dr. Martin Randall

Dr. Martin Randall

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

English and Creative Writing

Film, Radio, Television and Media

I teach prose on all three undergraduate levels and my specialisms include the American short story, experimental writing, theories of the novel, historical fiction and transgressive writing.

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Prof. Melissa Raphael

Professor

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Religion gets a mixed press these days and it seems ever more important to be well-informed about it as both a conceptual system and a way of living.

Dr. Emily Ryall

Dr. Emily Ryall

Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy of Sport and Exercise

Sport and Exercise

I love thinking deeply about sport and so am honoured to be able to share my passion teaching. There are always lots of interesting philosophical questions about sport, e.g. should drugs ever be allowed?

Arran Stibbe

Arran Stibbe

Professor of Ecological Linguistics

English and Creative Writing

In my teaching and research I focus on how language makes us who we are as people, and the role of language in building the kind of society we live in, using discourse analysis and ecolinguistics.

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

English and Creative Writing

As a former medievalist I know that where we begin may not be where we find ourselves eventually. My road took me from a bookshop in London to an academic career via several years living, working and studying in the USA.

Dr. Martin Wood

Dr. Martin Wood

Lecturer in Hinduism and Buddhism

History, Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

My love of religion stems from several years spent with a backpack, travelling through Australasia, East Asia and India encountering Maoris, Buddhists and Hindus, sharing food and exchanging thoughts and experiences.