I joined the University of Stirling in 2006, having completed a PhD in French at the University of Glasgow, and am currently Senior Lecturer in French within the Division of Literature and Languages.
There are two overlapping strands to my research. I am interested in contemporary French cinema and, in particular, ‘minority cinemas', ie cinematic representations of minority groupings. Within this area, I have specific interests and expertise in questions of gender and sexuality and have published widely on these topics, including a monograph on French Minority Cinema (2010), two edited volumes on 'Hypervisibility' (published in 2011, in collaboration with Florian Grandena at the University of Ottawa) and a chapter on ‘The Cultural Geographies of Persepolis' (2015). My research has also led into work on representations of urban France and I am currently working on the films of Céline Sciamma.
I also work on aspects of contemporary French social politics. More specifically, I examine the vexed question of sexual citizenship, the impact of same-sex partnership legislation and the heated debates surrounding it on the legal, political and social structures of France. My publications in this area have included an article on the PaCS debates in French Cultural Studies (2012) and a comparative examination of Bertrand Delanoë and Klaus Wowereit in Contemporary French Civilization (2012).
I would be very interested in supervising motivated doctoral students interested in any of the above areas.
As well as having taught in recent years on our postgraduate courses in Translation, I have also delivered seminars on our Film Studies MLitt and, since 2014-15, I have given seminars on Stirling's Gender Studies programme. I am involved in dissertation supervision on the Translation programmes, as part of the Film MLitt and on CMC's Media Management programme.
I teach across all years of our UG programme, lecturing on Year 1 and 2 modules on topics including May '68, La Bataille d'Alger and bande dessinée. In recent years, I have been module coordinator for our final year Core Language modules and I run my own Honours options on French and Francophone Detective Fiction and Screening the City. I contribute lectures across Years 1 and 2 of our Global Cinema programme on films as varied as the recent French urban drama Girlhood, a Thai musical Western (Tears of the Black Tiger), the Czech New Wave classic Closely Observed Trains and the biopic Hannah Arendt.