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Dr David Ellis was educated at Hatfield Polytechnic before
completing his master’s degree and PhD in Black British Literature at the
University of Essex.
He has been the Associate Dean for Student Experience in the
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Oxford Brookes University since
In 2005, Dr Ellis received an award for Excellence in
Teaching and Learning at University of Derby and has contributed funded project
reports and pedagogic articles for the English Subject Centre.
Dr Ellis's research focuses on the emergence and
establishment of black British writing, beginning with the Windrush generation
of Caribbean writers such as Sam Selvon and George Lamming, through to
contemporary writers such as Courttia Newland and Alex Wheatle.
In both his research and his teaching, Dr Ellis challenges affective
barriers that publish, read and teach such writers as of, and for, an
ethnically defined audience. His most recent publication discusses new urban
affiliations of locality and style that supplement traditional identity markers
of origin and place. His book, Writing Home, tracing the development of
black writing in Britain since the war, was published in 2007.
Dr Ellis's teaching includes modules such as Nation and
Identity, Critical Theory in Action and The Research Project. He is the
Programme Lead for the Foundation Year in Humanities award designed to open new
routes into higher education for students from non-traditional backgrounds.
He has supervised undergraduate and MA dissertations on a
range of topics including post-colonial literature and theory, postmodern
literature, contemporary literature and film, 1950s neo-realism and Caribbean
and black British writing. He has also run Applied Studies modules designed to
bring workplace learning into the undergraduate framework.
David is currently a member of the Executive Committee of
University English and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.