• Pro Vice-Chancellor, Dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (Interim)

    Dr David Ellis

    Dr David Ellis

    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 2016.

    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.