Staff Profiles: History and Philosophy

Prof. Paul Innes

Prof. Paul Innes

Professor of Shakespeare Studies & Academic Subject Leader in Literary and Critical Studies

Literary and Critical Studies

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. Adrian Long

Dr. Adrian Long

Senior Lecturer in Theology and Biblical Studies

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

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.

Dr. Roy Jackson

Dr. Roy Jackson

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

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

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

Literary and Critical Studies

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. Jonathan Marshall

Dr. Jonathan Marshall

Senior Lecturer in English Language

Literary and Critical Studies

I completed a BA and MA in Linguistics, before doing a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Reading. My research area is Sociolinguistics and Dialectology. I specialise in developing theoretical models of the diffusion of language change.

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Dr. Christian O'Connell

Academic Course Leader in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

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.

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Dr. Pekka Pitkänen

Senior Lecturer in Humanities

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

My main area of specialisation is the study of the sacred texts of Christianity and Judaism in the context of the ancient world together with considerations of how these texts have been appropriated more recently.

Dr. Martin Randall

Dr. Martin Randall

Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

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.

Dr. Martin Wood

Dr. Martin Wood

Course Leader in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

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.

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Senja Andrejevic-Bullock

Lecturer in Dramatic Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I’m a playwright and a prose writer, whose work has been performed at The Everyman Studio in Cheltenham and published in The Lampeter Review, The Wrong Quarterly, Scrutiny Journal, Storgy Literary Magazine, The Dawntreader, Literary Mama, Brain, Child, and other magazines. My research interests include migrations, displacement and identity.

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Dr. Duncan Dicks

Lecturer in Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I am a writer with special interest in crime fiction as a reflection of contemporary society.

Dr. David Howell

Dr. David Howell

Lecturer in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

Dr. Howell teaches on the history of revolution, nationalism and fascism. His wider research activities consider contemporary migration, intangible heritage and modern historical protest graffiti.

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Prof. Melanie Ilic

Professor of Soviet History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

I teach Russian and Soviet history and historical research methods.

Dr. William Large

Dr. William Large

Reader in Continental Philosophy

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

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. Rowan Middleton

Dr. Rowan Middleton

Lecturer in English Literature and Creative Writing

Literary and Critical Studies

I teach a wide variety of modules across English and Creative Writing. My research interests include: literature and the environment, literature and spirituality, poetry, and creative writing pedagogy.

Dr. Erin Peters

Dr. Erin Peters

Lecturer in Early Modern History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

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. Vicky Randall

Dr. Vicky Randall

Senior Lecturer in History

Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies

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. Hilary Weeks

Dr. Hilary Weeks

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Literary and Critical Studies

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.