I am a Senior Lecturer in Film Studies in Drama. I am fortunate to teach a range of undergraduate courses, including 'An Introduction to World Cinema', 'Screen Culture and Society', 'Black on Screen', 'French Cinema to 1980' and 'Queer Bodies and the Cinema'. Teaching has always been one of my passions and, a very long time ago now, I was awarded a 'Distinguished Achievement Medal' for 'Teacher of the Year' (2005/6).
My research focuses on representations of sexuality, gender, race and ethnicity, audience reception, film stardom and film authorship, and I am currently developing a project on narcissism, masculinity and the cinema.
I have supervised PhDs in narrative identities in French cinema and literature, the figure of the flâneuse in French film, approaching 'the obscene' in French cinema, the French-Maghrebi body in contemporary cinema, and ethnicity and identity in Francophone West African Cinema. I am currently supervising PhDs on contemporary Chinese cinema and representations of terrorism in French film. All these projects have engaged with debates in contemporary ethics, existentialism, phenomenology, feminism, queer theory, sensory cinema and representations of race and ethnicity, and I will be happy to supervise PhDs on these and other related areas.
I returned to academia after five years working in the finance and charity sectors in London in the early 1990s. I have always been passionate about foreign languages, especially French and Spanish, and have always loved cinema, and was able to pursue these interests in my undergraduate and postgraduate studies. I was awarded my PhD on French cinema and its audience reception in 2003. I started working as a Lecturer in French at the University of Manchester in September 2002.