Musician and philosopher Mark Abel works on the aesthetics of popular music and teaches in the areas of global politics and international relations, in particular, the world order in the post-Cold War period, and the resistance movements of the twenty-first century against corporate globalisation and neo-liberalism.
With a background in literary history and cultural discourse, Cathy Bergin's research focuses on the historical discourses of black Communist radicalism and their relationship to literary and cultural representations of black political identity. She teaches in politics, philosophy and aesthetics.
Bob Brecher is a moral and political philosopher with special interests in the philosophical issues surrounding conflict, and in the ethics of education. He founded the university's Centre for Applied Philosophy, Politics and Ethics and serves on a number of ethical committees within and outside the university .
Graham Dawson works on the cultural memory of war and conflict and problems of 'dealing with the past' within post-conflict cultures in terms of representation, trauma, contested space, historical justice, and human rights. His publications include Soldier Heroes: British Adventure, Empire and the Imagining of Masculinities, and Making Peace with the Past? Memory, Trauma and the Irish Troubles.
Mark Devenney leads the Humanities programme. His research interests include contemporary political philosophy, post-Marxism, the politics of post-colonialism, post-apartheid literature and the politics of life and death. His teaching includes courses on Marx and Freud.
Dr Robin Dunford works on practices and theories of transnational resistance, with a particular focus on how practices of resistance re-orient understandings of human rights, citizenship, democracy and emancipation. He has written on practices of autonomous peasant resistance, focusing both on grass roots practices of land occupations and on transnational demands for rights to food sovereignty.
Tom Hickey's work is on aspects of political and artistic representation, on the theorisation of the contemporary world order, and on new developments in critical theory. His teaching includes philosophical analysis, the conceptual history of democracy and the critical traditions in Western thought.
A lecturer in politics and philosophy, Andy Knott works in an interdisciplinary manner, largely combining political theory, history, and philosophy. His interests include post- and neo-Marxism, discourse theory economic forms of ‘identity’, including notions of the multitude, class, and the individual.
Vicky Margree teaches and researches in the fields of 19th and 20th century literature; literary theory; psychoanalysis; poststructuralism; feminism; and postcolonial studies. She is interested in the short story form, and in popular fiction, including gothic horror literature and crime fiction.
Dr Michael Neu is a moral and political philosopher and teaches within the humanities across philosophy, politics and ethics. Michael has published on contemporary just war theory and the theme of “complicity”. His book on Just Liberal Violence: Sweatshops, Torture, War is forthcoming, as is a second book on Just War and the Responsibility to Protect: A Critique (with Robin Dunford).
Lucy Noakes is a social and cultural historian with specific interests in war, memory, gender and national identity. She has worked on the ways in which we remember the past, both at an individual level and at the level of established history. Her publications include 'War and the British: Gender and National Identity 1939-1991.'
Gillian Scott is a British social historian whose research is concerned with the relationship between feminist ideas and the organisation of working-class women, particularly within the co-operative and labour movements. She is the author of .Feminism and the Politics of Working Women..
Jon Watson works on the history of the struggle for black equality in the United States. His research concentrates on the experience of African-American civil rights activists and race leaders as they sought to challenge discrimination and further opportunities in the multi-racial environment of Southern California during the twentieth century.