People

All staff are active researchers and these publications reflect the work that we do in the Department of English and Film, spanning North American and transatlantic literature back to the nineteenth century, as well as film, television, popular music, critical theory, video games, and comics and graphic novels.


Dr Jason Baskin

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature

Research interests: modern and contemporary literature, especially 1945 to present; American literature; African American, multiethnic, and contemporary global literature; phenomenology and philosophies of embodiment; Marxism and critical theory; cultural geography and critical urban studies


Dr Abram Foley

Lecturer in Literature and the Creative Industries

Research interests: fiction and poetry since 1945; editorial theory; creative practices of editing and publishing; media history; African American experimental writing; practices of organising in the arts


Dr Joanna Freer

Lecturer in American Literature

Research interests: literature and counter-communities; literary representations of gender and sex; intersections between politics and economy in fiction


Professor Jo Gill

Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature

Research interests: American literature and culture; modern poetry; life writing; suburbs


Professor Helen Hanson

Associate Professor in Film History

Research interests: film history; film style and technology; film sound and music; adaptation; gender issues


Professor James Lyons

Associate Professor of Film Studies

Research interests: contemporary American film and television; American indie culture (especially film, comics, and music); theories of popular culture and taste


Dr Ellen McWilliams

Senior Lecturer

Research interests: contemporary women’s fiction; the Bildungsroman; Irish, American, and Canadian literature; writing and diasporic identity


Professor Sinéad Moynihan

Associate Professor in American and Atlantic Literatures

Research interests: twentieth-century literature; American literature; Irish literature; race; transnationalism


Professor Vike Martina Plock

Professor in Twentieth-Century Literature

Research interests: literary modernism; medicine; James Joyce; interwar women’s writing; consumer culture; fashion


Dr Debra Ramsay

Lecturer in Film Studies

Research interests: war, memory, and media, with particular focus on paratexts, audiences, technologies, and industries; contemporary theories of media and memory


Dr Mark Steven

Senior Lecturer in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature

Research interests: narrative responses to capitalism, socialism, and the possibility of communism; modernism; the aesthetics of horror; Marxism


Dr Rob Turner

Lecturer in Twentieth- and Twenty-First-Century Literature

Research interests: American literature; postmodernism; the epic; (in)authenticity; African American utopian and speculative fiction; the poetics of hip-hop


Professor Paul Williams

Associate Professor of Twentieth-Century Literature and Culture

Research interests: comics and graphic novels; the United States in the long 1970s; cultural responses to alternative psychotherapies; race and ethnicity; postapocalyptic fictions


Photo of Professor Linda Ruth WilliamsProfessor Linda Ruth Williams

Professor in Film Studies

Research interests: post-classical American cinema; British cinema; classical Hollywood; psychoanalytic critical and cultural theory; gender and culture; representations of sexuality and the history of censorship; children and childhood in Spielberg; contemporary women filmmakers; film exhibition and curation