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This directory lists the key contacts for the School in alphabetical order. Clicking on the name or photograph of any staff member will take you to a detailed staff profile page which includes contact details, publications, and teaching interests of academic staff.
Paul Whitty is a composer, sound artist and field recordist whose work has featured at the Venice Biennale, Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, ICA and Huddersfield Festival. Recent BBC broadcasts include This is what happens when nothing happens (Hear & Now); and Love (Late Junction). Paul is a founder of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) and co-directs audiograft, an annual festival of Experimental Music and Sound Art. At present Paul is working on two field recording projects: somewhere a field - a close study of the sonic conditions of a field in Devon; and Get Rid! - an investigation of the sound of grassroots football. Both projects are part of the Sound Diaries project developed with artist Felicity Ford. AHRC funded research includes the sonic archaeology project Vauxhall Pleasure created in collaboration with artist Anna Best.
Tiffany Black is a collaborating visual artist working with Leora Brook as brook & black. As artists, researchers and creative facilitators their work develops through a process of shared investigation, dialogue and making. They have undertaken year-long residencies and commissions with international art institutions in which process and artwork respond to specific historical works within the collections and museum context. They also work in partnership with local people, planners and architects to undertake permanent and temporary works for the public realm. brook & black have received awards from Arts Council England, The National Heritage Lottery Fund, The Paul Hamlyn Trust, London Development Agency, Banque Populaire de France, Architecture Week, London, and various local authorities. See her portfolios on
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Pete Boss has taught Film Studies at a variety of institutions for over twenty-five years as well as having been involved in different capacities in various kinds of TV and film production. His interest in many aspects of World Cinema goes hand in hand with a longstanding engagement with popular cinema and film genres. Pete has sought to balance his academic career with that of professional musician, having received acclaim for his blues guitar playing with his own band as well as having recorded on sessions with a number of distinguished blues and R&B artists. He has acted as a film and video reviewer on BBC Radio Oxford for many years as well as contributing music reviews for Blueprint.
Warren Buckland is Reader in Film Studies in the School of Arts. He studied photography (Derby, 1987) before moving into film studies (Ph.D. Film Studies, University of East Anglia, 1993). His areas of Research include: (1) film theory; (2) narratology; (3) contemporary cinema (Hollywood blockbusters; puzzle films; new sincerity). He is author/editor of eleven books, including: (ed.) Hollywood Puzzle Films (2014); Film Theory: Rational Reconstructions (2012); (ed.), Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema (2009); Directed by Steven Spielberg (2006); Studying Contemporary American Film: A Guide to Movie Analysis (2002) (with Thomas Elsaesser); The Cognitive Semiotics of Film (2000); and the introductory textbook Film Studies: An Introduction (fifth edition, 2015).
Jan Butler studied Music at Nottingham University, from BA to MA through to the completion of her AHRC-funded PhD exploring the origins of authenticity in 60s rock music. She specialises in the study of rock in the context of its surrounding institutions, exploring how musicians negotiate the expectations of their audience, the industry and the media and analysing the resultant sounds and visuals. Jan also has a related interest in popular music in and on film. She has presented her work at international conferences, organised events exploring music publishing and journalism, and has published several aspects of her work.
I support modules on the Digital Media Production. I also run modules on TV News production and do a large amount of lecturing and running practical workshops mostly with a focus on digital media production practices including cinematography, sound engineering, editing, motion capture, effects and live show production/direction.I am a certified Avid Media Composer Professional level Instructor and main liaison for Brookes as an Avid Learning Partner.I also won 'Best Support Staff Member' in the 2017 Student Union Teaching Awards and was shortlisted in 2014 for 'Best Module'.
David Carugo is a Senior Lecturer and Subject Coordinator for Creative Music Production. He has a long background in the music and audio industry, having worked as a touring sound engineer, professional musician, electronic engineer, acoustic consultant, music producer, and recording/mixing/mastering engineer. His teaching work includes many aspects of music and sound production, and concentrates on the application of technical theory to professional practice. He holds a BSc(Hons) in Applied Physics and an MSc in Music Technology, and is a member of the Audio Engineering Society and the Institute of Acoustics. He has been awarded a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in recognition of his excellence in teaching.
Dr James Cateridge is a Senior Lecturer and the Subject Coordinator for BA Film. Both his teaching and his research are driven by a critical engagement with the creative industries and cultural policy in the UK and internationally. He previously worked for Sony Pictures, The Arts Council of England and Screen East, and he recently advised Creative England on film tourism research. He has led student field trips to New York, Berlin and the Cannes Film Festival, and he curates an annual season of classic films chosen by Brookes staff and students at the Ultimate Picture Palace in Oxford.
Govind Chandran is an award-winning producer and filmmaker, specialising in digital filmmaking. His work has been showcased in festivals around the world, with his most recent work including a pilot episode for a new show on Amazon Prime. He has fostered strong ties with the industry and has also worked producing video content in the corporate sector for a number of high profile clients including the NHS.
Clair’s practice includes sculpture, photography, drawing, video, sound, performance and artist’s books. Her research stems from an interest in the roles that institutions occupy in individual and collective consciousness. Recent projects focus on the historic interrelationships of human and animal subjects using ‘mimicry’/’imitation’ and ‘hybridity’ to explore and critique strategies of European colonialism. This research utilises resources and methodologies of scholarship from across disciplinary divides. The results of this conceptually unusual approach can be seen in Clair’s extended project Cuculus Prospectus (2011-present), and her giant ‘human nest’ sculptures, the forth of which was recently commissioned for Wytham Woods' 75th anniversary.
Stephen joined Brookes in 2009 as an Early Career Research Fellow and now predominantly teaches BA Fine Art. His artistic practice spans media installation and audiovisual performance. He has had solo exhibitions in Tokyo, Bergen, Berlin, Brighton and London, and group exhibitions at the ZKM Center for Art & Media (Karlsruhe) and ICC (Tokyo) among many others. Several of his works are included in the forthcoming MIT Press catalogue of Sound Art. Stephen studied at the Slade and Dartington. He is a PhD candidate at Winchester School of Art where he is researching the materiality and operation of digital image sensors.
Caroline Davis is Senior Lecturer in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, where she teaches courses in book history, print culture and publishing studies. Her research focuses on publishing in Africa, and she is the author of Creating Postcolonial Literature: African Writers and British Publishers (Palgrave, 2013) and the co-editor of The Book in Africa: Critical Debates (Palgrave, 2015). Her articles have appeared in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Journal of Southern African Studies and Book History. She was Principal Investigator of the British Academy project ‘Print Culture and Publishing in C20th South Africa’.
Jon is subject Coordinator for the Digital Media Production course. With a strong background in the film industry he brings great experience to the students as well as developing links with industry and with world-leading media companies.
Paul Dibley is a composer and sonic artist, and is also Principal Lecturer in Music and Programme Lead for Music and Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is Co-Director of the Sonic Art Research Unit and founder of the Audiograft festival. Paul studied at Oxford Brookes University for his first degree, where he studied computer science alongside music. He gained a distinction for his MA in Digital Music Technology from Keele University, supervised by Professor Rajmil Fischman and Professor Mike Vaughan. In 2003 Paul completed a PhD in Musical Composition at the University of Birmingham, where he studied with Professor Jonty Harrison. As well as composing electroacoustic compositions (often specializing in using the human voice), he creates compositions for instruments and live electronics (MAX and Pure Data). Recent projects include working with Okeanos, Jane Chapman and Jos Zwaanenburg. His work has been performed in Europe, Australasia and in America.
Barbara Eichner is an internationally recognised music historian, whose research focuses on nineteenth-music and (national) identity, opera (especially the works of Wagner and Strauss), and sacred music in nunneries and monasteries in the early modern era. Her monograph History in Mighty Sounds(Boydell 2012) was published to critical acclaim, and she regularly engages with wider audiences through appearances on BBC Radio 3, public talks and programme notes for international ensembles. Together with Dr Alexandra Wilson she co-directs the opera research group OBERTO. Barbara’s teaching is inspired by a passion for the music of the European past and a strong interest in historiography.
Sarah Franklin is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing with a degree in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge. She has lived and worked in publishing in the UK, the US and Ireland. Her particular areas of expertise and focus are marketing and PR and consumer non-fiction and fiction. Sarah is a published novelist whose debut, Shelter, came out in 2017. Her non-fiction has appeared, inter alia, in the Guardian, the Irish Times, the Seattle Times and the Sunday Express. Sarah runs the popular Oxford literary night Short Stories Aloud and is a judge for the Costa Short Story Award.
Dai Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in Music, has contributed to the academic study of popular music for over thirty years. His first published article was on Bruce Springsteen’s ‘The River’, his latest on Lorraine Feather’s ‘The girl with the lazy eye’. Songs have been at the heart of this labour, their words increasingly so: published in 2003, the essay ‘From lyric to anti-lyric: analysing the words in popular song’ prompted many avenues of attention. Two books were published: on Radiohead’s album OK Computer, and on Elvis Costello. He has taught popular-music related topics to undergraduates and postgraduates at Oxford Brookes since 1990. Doctoral students covered topics as varied as jazz history, film music, newspaper journalism, the cross-disciplinary art work, and the travails of genre appellation. For the journal Music Analysis he gave two state-of-the-nation addresses: ‘The high analysis of low music’ and ‘After relativism’. Elsewhere, papers on Welsh popular music, including one on John Cale. Dai is currently book reviews editor for the journal Popular Music.
Janice is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art teaching students on the MFA and BA (Hons) Fine Art programmes and supervising PhD by practice (Fine Art) in the School of Arts. She is also Liaison Manager for the School of Arts collaborative Art and Design programmes. Janice's practice based research spans video installation, sound, photography, performance, drawing and text. Her research contributes to a field of contemporary art which is informed by feminism and focusses on critical questioning with regard to representation. Her research draws on a wide range of disciplinary knowledge and engages in methods of autoethnography and video making to blur boundary concepts of public and private, natural and cultural. Her work has been shown internationally at the Whitworth Gallery Manchester, The Hepworth Gallery Yorkshire, Oriel Mostyn, The Serpentine Gallery London, Cambridge Darkrooms, Stills Gallery Edinburgh, Collar Works New York, Flood Gallery Fine Arts, North Carolina and Czong Institute of Contemporary Art South Korea, as well as at many international festivals.
Prior to joining the School of Arts, Sally Hughes worked for museums in the United States and southern Africa. Her research focuses on book production by art galleries, particularly the writing, design and readers of publications for temporary exhibitions. She is currently writing a book on museum and art gallery publishing which includes case studies from Singapore, US, Korea, Australia and UK. For the MA Publishing Media, she addresses the economically important area of children’s publishing. Students taking this module visit the annual Bologna Book Fair where international rights to children’s books are bought and sold.
Chris is particularly interested eBook development and has produced a number of eBooks. His special interest is in eBook Typography and he has published an eBook distributed in the Apple iBookstore 'eBook Typography for Flowable eBooks'.He has also published 'From Print Book to eBook: Design and Production Techniques Where Both Print Book and eBook Are Required'.
Senior Lecturer in Fine Art working part-time on the Foundation Art & Design and periodically on the Fine Art Degree course. An artist practitioner and lecturer teaching all disciplines within Fine Art including painting, print, sculpture, performance, film and photography. She encourages students to become independent imaginative artists to professionally enter the world of contemporary Fine Art. Myfanwy achieved a Doctorate in 2005 researching the significance of digital print and its relationship to the functional and ornamental, with specific reference to architecture. She has exhibited Nationally and Internationally, her work can be followed on:
Dr Paul Kilsby is Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, specialising i n Fine Art photography. He has exhibited internationally including Russia, Turkey, Bulgaria, France and has work in many public and private collections in Fran ce, America, Italy, Russia as well as the UK. His work has featured in many international magazines and books. Paul Kilsby’s work is largely concerned with e xploring hierarchies of perception, often conflating imagery from seventeenth century paintings in reproduction with actual three dimensional objects, creatin g photographs which seamlessly blend these sources into trompe l’oeil images. In other works, again often alluding to seventeenth century painters both in their iconography and aesthet ic, Kilsby revisits the genre of still life painting but as a vehicle for contemporary anxieties about genetic modification and cloning.
Dr Matt Lawson is Lecturer in Music and acting Subject Coordinator for Undergraduate Music. A film and television musicologist, he completed his PhD at Edge Hill University in 2017, with a thesis focussing on the music used in German depictions of the Holocaust on screen. During his doctoral studies, Matt spent a total of ten weeks in Germany, supported by the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) and the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst (DAAD). Having completed his undergraduate honours degree in Music at Huddersfield in 2009, Matt then gained an M.A. with distinction from the University of York in 2012. Matt also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PGCTHE), granting him Fellow status of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), and is a Fellow of the Royalty Society of the Arts (FRSA). He is co-author of the recently published book, 100 Greatest Film Scores (Rowman and Littlefield: August 2018).
A British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, whose interests rest in the fields of transnational cinema, popular and festival film, online distribution, film audiences and music videos. Maya earned her BA in Film and Philosophy and MA in Film and Cultural Management. She explored selected transnational aspects of the Bulgarian film industry in her PhD thesis at the University of Southampton. Her research was funded by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council and attempts to highlight economic and cultural continuities across national contexts, challenging persistent stereotypes about the divide between the East and the West. As part of her British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Oxford Brookes University, she is currently investigating shifting patterns in Bulgarian film consumption, positioned within global culture and economy.
Prof Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. He has degrees from Oxford and Warwick universities, and before joining Oxford Brookes he ran a trade and reference list at Oxford University Press. He works as a consultant to the publishing industry and is often invited to speak at international conferences and events. His recent books include Inside Book Publishing (with Giles Clark) and Turning the Page: The evolution of the book. He is on the European Advisory Board of Princeton University Press and was a judge for the Bookseller industry awards for four years in a row from 2010 to 2013. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the premier publishing journal Logos.
Jane Potter is a literary scholar and book historian with degrees from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and the Universities of York, St Andrews, and Oxford. Her publications include Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War (2008), Wilfred Owen: An Illustrated Life (2014), and, with Carol Acton, Working in a World of Hurt: Trauma and Resilience in the Narratives of Medical Personnel in War Zones (2015). She has also contributed to a number of radio and television programmes for the BBC including World War One: The Cultural Front and World War One at Home.
Craig teaches performance and musicianship on the undergraduate course. He is director of the University Choir, Orchestra and Chamber Choir, as well as adviser to the musical societies at Brookes. he has worked with numerous choir, orchestras and choirs in the UK and France as conductor, pianist or singer. Craig is also responsible for preparing third year students for the world of work through the Professional Practice module. He has a particular interest in students' instrumental/vocal practice methods.
Leander is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing as well as being the Subject Coordinator for Publishing Media BA hons and the Distance Learning MA in Publishing Studies. She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes and holds an MA in Electronic Media. She has a broad range of book and magazine publishing experience, with many years spent as a print and interactive designer in London and New York. As an academic, her research interests centre on magazine culture and hyperreality, but she is also an avid science fiction fan, has written about Princess Diana and has given papers on glamour models and celebrity.
Shelley Sacks is a social artist, cultural activist, performance artist, author and thinker internationally known for her inspirational lecture-performances, radical social sculpture projects and new pedagogies that connect imagination and transformation. Extending the ideas of Joseph Beuys, her teacher, Shelley has developed the field of contemporary social sculpture within and beyond the art-world and academia, to include change-makers, farmers, educators, health-care workers and activists in many countries and contexts. Global frameworks like Earth Forum, Exchange Values and University of the Trees: Lab for New Knowledge and an Eco-Social Future focus on our capacity to shape a humane and ecologically viable future.
Dr Diego Semerene is a media scholar and filmmaker with a Ph.D in Media Arts from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Cinema Studies from New York University. Before joining Brookes, Diego taught digital media, cinema and fashion theory at Brown University and the American University of Paris. Diego's film work has screened in film festivals around the world, the Anthology Film Archives and the IFC Center, in New York. He is a film critic for Slant Magazine and has published widely on new media technologies, gender and sexual practices. His work has most recently appeared in Discourse, Frames Cinema Journal, and CM: Communication and Media Journal. His research interests include psychoanalysis, queer theory, fashion history, and the essay film. Diego is working on a book manuscript on digital masculinities.
Alongside her lecturing, Alexandra is an editorial consultant providing strategic content, PR and brand consultancy services for customer magazines as well as lifestyle titles, brands and start-ups. With over two decades experience editing mainstream titles at major publishing houses including Hearst UK, TimeInc.UK, BBC and ITP Media in the Middle East, her career highlights include launching Harper’s Bazaar Arabia and editing leading online fashion and culture destination, harpersbazaar.co.uk. Alexandra has also written for leading UK titles Marie Claire, Zest, Olive, Now, Woman’s Own, Elle Decoration, You magazine and many more. Follow Alex on Twitter @AlexEditor.
A Cambridge History graduate with an MBA from Cranfield University Philip joined Brookes in 2015. Previously he spent over 30 years in the publishing industry, holding senior management positions in several large international publishing organisations, including Pearson, Reed, Elsevier and Hachette. He has worked in the US and the UK and has managed businesses in Germany, Australia and Singapore. He teaches on publishing modules which cover the commercial aspects of the business of publishing, including product development, marketing and finance and he specialises in aspects of academic, professional and educational publishing. Outside Brookes he is an Associate at Bertoli Michell LLP, providing advisory services to the publishing and information industry on matters relating to Intellectual Property and on mergers and acquisitions.
Lindsay Steenberg is Senior Lecturer in Film Studies and Co-ordinator of the MA in Popular Cinema. Her research focuses on violence in contemporary popular cinema and television and she has published widely on the subject of the crime and action genres. She is the author of Forensic Science in Contemporary American Popular Culture and is currently writing a monography entitled The First Rule of Fight Club: Tracing the Gladiatorial Impulse Across Visual Culture for which she has received Brookes Research Excellence Fellowship.
Beverley Tarquini is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing and is jointly responsible for work placements for the Centre. She has many years of experience in the publishing industry, in sales and editorial roles, based in Scotland and Southern England and holds an MA degree in English Literature. Her research interests centre on employability and content creation and application. She is a contributor to The Media, An Introduction (2013).
Nicola Timbrell is a Senior Lecturer in Publishing and Subject Coordinator for the MA in Publishing Media and MA in Digital Publishing at Oxford Brookes University. Jointly responsible for work placements for the Centre her goal is to help students into the publishing industry. Having many years experience in academia and of the digital publishing industry she specializes in teaching the creative and strategic aspects of digital publishing.
Daniela Treveri Gennari is Professor of Cinema Studies with a research interest in audiences, popular cinema, film exhibition and programming. Daniela has been leading the AHRC-funded project Italian Cinema Audiences and the BA/Leverhulme funded project European Cinema Audiences (with Ghent University and De Montfort University). Amongst her recent publications: the edited volume Rural Cinema Exhibition and Audiences in a Global Context (Palgrave, forthcoming 2018, with Catherine O’Rawe and Danielle Hipkins), the articles ‘It existed indeed… it was all over the papers’: Memories of film censorship in 1950s Italy, Participations (Volume 14, Issue 1, May 2017, with Silvia Dibeltulo) and Mapping Cinema Memories: Emotional Geographies of Cinema-going in Rome in the1950s, Memories Studies (January 2017, with Catherine O’Rowe and Pierluigi Ercole) and the Special Issue of Alphaville “Cinema Heritage in Europe: preserving and sharing culture by engaging with film exhibition and audiences” (Issue 11, July 2016, with Pierluigi Ercole, Silvia Dibeltulo, Lies Van de Vijver.
Dr Alexandra Bickley Trott is a Senior Lecturer in Fine Art Theory, specialising in Modern and Contemporary art and culture. Her research engages with European arts from the nineteenth century to the present day, and is especially concerned with the role of art as an agent for change. Her PhD, completed in 2015 (Royal Holloway, University of London, supervised by Professor Christopher Townsend), presented the first critical monograph of the proto-anti-art collective, Les Hydropathes (1878-1880). Alexandra is a co-founder and leading member of the Fine Art Research group (FAR) at Oxford Brookes, and convenes the Fine Art guest lecture series. As Subject Coordinator, she is responsible for leading the Fine Art undergraduate programme. Alexandra previously taught at Queen Mary, and Royal Holloway, University of London, and holds an MA in Art History from the Courtauld Institute.
Lucy Turner is Head of Quality Assurance and Validations within the Faculty of Technology Design and Environment. This role involves working with academic teams as well as colleagues from the central Quality Office to ensure all existing and new programs within the faculty meet the academic standards expected within Higher Education Institutions. As well as this Lucy is also a lecturer within the School of Arts with a specialism in Fashion Textiles.
Prof Alexandra Wilson is an internationally-renowned opera historian and co-director (with Barbara Eichner) of the OBERTO opera research unit at Brookes. Her monograph The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity was awarded the American Musicological Society's Lewis Lockwood Award for a work of outstanding musical scholarship and her current project on opera in 1920s Britain was supported by a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship. Alexandra has a high profile as a public musicologist, regularly speaking on BBC Radio 3 and 4, working with the UK’s leading opera companies and writing articles for national periodicals.
Matt is a postdoctoral research fellow within the School of Arts at Brookes since September 2019. His research is interested in ways of listening through resonance as an arts practice called sonospheric investigation.
After fifteen years art directing photography books and magazines such as Elle and Tatler, Grant began to work solely as a photographer for a number of commercial and editorial clients in 2000. His images bring together all of his experience working with some of the greatest photographers of the last century with his graphic and journalistic talents. His work is held in the permanent collections of MOMA, New York, The Victoria & Albert Museum, London, The Tate, London and The British Library.