Dr Barda joined Manchester University in January 2020 after being a Junior Research Fellow in French Studies at Murray Edwards College (Cambridge). In October 2020, he was awarded the Manchester Humanities Outstanding Teaching Award.
He is the author of Experimentation and the Lyric in Contemporary French Poetry and the co-editor with Daniel Finch-Race of Textures: Processus et événements dans la création poétique moderne et contemporaine (Peter Lang, collection 'Modern French Identities', 2015). He has recently published articles on Christophe Tarkos, Michèle Métail, Anne-James Chaton, Franck Leibovici, Jacques-Henri Michot; on the relationship between media and contemporary literature, and the history of the avant-gardes. He is currently working on his second monograph and is completing with Philippe Charron a special volume of essays on Pierre Alferi that will be published by Presses du réel.
In 2016, he was invited at the Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris to talk about French contemporary poetry. He is also a regular contributor to ArtPress, a French-English monthly international review of contemporary art.
Before joining Manchester University, he studied at the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon and at Trinity College (Cambridge). He also taught at Charles’ University of Prague, King's College London, Cardiff University and Cambridge University.