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Student profiles

Our student community is distinguished by breadth and diversity in the people and projects that make up M4C. Connecting across the Midlands, our students are part of a dynamic network of postgraduate researchers, with opportunities for collaboration throughout the doctoral experience.

This page offers a sample of student profiles, which are in development. A full list will be available in the coming months

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Ben Salisbury

Classics
University of Birmingham

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Ben Salisbury

Classics
University of Birmingham

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Kerryn Wise

Drama and Theatre Studies
De Montfort University

Kerryn Wise is a digital dance artist, researcher, lecturer and performer based in the East Midlands, making work exploring the intersections between performance and technology.

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Eleanor Hedger

Music
University of Birmingham

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Luke Butler


Nottingham Trent University

PhD Researcher based at Nottingham trent University. I use scientific imaging techniques and AI to study Maritime Southeast Asian manuscripts in partnership with the British Library.

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Jessica Venner

Classics
University of Birmingham

Doctoral researcher of Roman gardens, domestic space and identity.

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Cesare Cuzzola

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

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Rob Fitt

History
University of Birmingham

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Mark Ferguson

Music
University of Birmingham

Wildlife sound recordist and composer.

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Stacey Kennedy

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Researching women's art networks in the African contemporary art world. Interdisciplinary work combining Anthropology/ Art History/ African Studies/ Sociology. Field research: Nigeria, Morocco, Senegal and South Africa.

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William Gildea

Philosophy
University of Warwick

My research examines which psychological capacities moral rights are based on, in order to develop a new account of the moral status of humans and animals.

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Alan Morton

Visual Arts
University of Leicester

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Julie Hurst-whitehouse

History
University of Leicester

Project Manager and PhD student passionate about supporting survivors of sexual violence and finding ways to make oral history more trauma informed

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Sophie Almond

History
University of Leicester

I am a second year PhD student in the School of English at the University of Leicester, studying the history of the Medical Women's Federation (MWF).

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Michele Piscitelli

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Historian and Language tutor

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Chiara Marabelli

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

I am an archaeologist and museum professional. I am very interested in objects, their multiple stories, and the relationships and interactions between objects and people in the museum space.

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Hannah Spruce

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

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Alexandra Hewitt

History
University of Birmingham

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Christopher Rouse

History
University of Birmingham

I’m a medievalist working on the representations of East Asia in European world maps. My research draws on narrative, spatial and postcolonial theory to explore how maps incorporated the space, time and agency of Asia into a Latin Christian worldview.

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Laura Farră© Rozada

Music
Birmingham City University

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Frederick Lloyd Williams

History
University of Nottingham

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William Green

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Giulia Lorenzi

Philosophy
University of Warwick

PhD student in Philosophy of auditory Perception at the University of Warwick

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Josh Webb

Classics
University of Leicester

My research explores Ancient Greek warfare and the military tradition of individual poleis beyond Athens and Sparta

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Andrea Brondino

Languages and Literature
University of Warwick

Hi! My research focuses on Italian contemporary literature; it investigates the literary practices of irony displayed in several genres (e.g. autofiction) and by different authors (e.g. Wu Ming) in reaction to the exhaustion of postmodernism.

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Selina Schmidt

Linguistics
Birmingham City University

PhD researcher of English Linguistics based in Birmingham, UK

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Maria Grazia Aurora Campisi

Music
University of Birmingham

Musicologist, pianist and clarinetist investigating opera and its complex merger of art forms in the 20th century: "death" of a genre or cultural transformation?

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Nathalie Muller

Visual Arts
Birmingham City University

Independent curator and writer

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Caroline Ridler

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

PhD student in Russian and Slavonic Studies at the University of Nottingham.

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Akvile Stuart

Music
Birmingham City University

Musicologist and pianist examining the life and musical legacy of the neglected early 20th century Russian composer Alexei Stanchinsky.

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Matt Mcginn

History
University of Nottingham

My research uses oral history methodology to consider the relationship between regional identity and football in Galicia, Spain.

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Emma Sheppard


University of Warwick

My collaborative doctoral study is with the University of Warwick and Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. The focus of my research is on the life and work of the prolific and pioneering theatre director Michael Bogdanov.

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Jessica Sutherland

Philosophy
University of Birmingham

​My research develops a victim-perpetrator model of the moral responsibility of child soldiers. I explore how endorsement of action can establish a degree of moral responsibility under certain conditions, and use this to argue for the potential dual

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Luis Freijo Escudero

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Tamsin Parnell

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Rebecca Wheddon

History
University of Nottingham

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Thomas Lockwood-moran

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham based. Interested in queer everything - theoretically and materially. Thesis title - Queer Resistance(s): Contemporary Caribbean Communality - more info whithin profile.

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Mikel Herran Subinas

Archaeology
University of Leicester

My research explores how women played a key role in the social and religious transformation of medieval Islamic Spain. For this I focus on the domestic spaces and activities through assemblage theory. I also dabble in public engagement.

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Niall Gallen

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

I am a researcher of representations and responses to technology in culture. Currently I am investigating the overlap between accelerationism, the writing of J.G. Ballard, and the work of artist Eduardo Paolozzi.

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Gheorghe Williams

Drama and Theatre Studies
University of Birmingham

Drama and Theatre Arts, Birmingham University

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Harriet Clark

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Francesca Leveridge

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

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Jane Kisbey

Philosophy
University of Birmingham

My research focuses on how we can best characterise psychopathy. I argue that people diagnosed with psychopathy lack the ability to care about their future selves. I investigate the connection between future self-interest and moral responsibility.

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Thomas Wood

History
University of Birmingham

My research explores the significance of serpents and dragons in early modern Germany, and how these potent symbols were employed in the religious upheavals of the Reformation.

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David Christie

History
University of Birmingham

I have degrees in both history and biology and a history MA from Birmingham. I spent ten years running projects for street homeless people. I write poetry and have published a utopian novel.

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Tiffany Bale

Cultural and Museum Studies
University of Leicester

My project researches costume labour in the UK's film and television workforce, focusing on issues of equality and gender. I have trained and worked as a costume maker, and am embracing the new challenge of a PhD.

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Humma Mouzam

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

Medieval Arthurianist. Mother of Literary Dragons. 2nd year Doctoral Researcher.

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Vasiliki Louka

Archaeology
University of Leicester

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Lorna Giltrow-shaw

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

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Fiona Walpole-trumper

Visual Arts
Nottingham Trent University

Artist-researcher with an interest in bereavement theory it's application within contemporary fine art.

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Darren O’brien

Visual Arts
Nottingham Trent University

Darren O'Brien is an artist Researcher, exploring post humanism and the animal turn, through the praxis of the Walkies as Method.

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Lucy Prior

Philosophy
University of Birmingham

My research examines rising anxiety rates in UK young people aged 16-24. I consider current conceptions of anxiety and the relation between social media and anxiety rates in youth.

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Ellen Smith

History
University of Leicester

My research considers the ways that letters, diary-writing, and drawing were at the heart of the imperial family. Using family collections from 1790-1920 it explores how families communicated when separated between Britain and India.

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Lucretia Mccarthy

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

My research focuses on women's contemporary and experimental life writing, touching upon themes of identity, feminism, autotheory, new media, and oversharing.

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Oresta Muckute

History
University of Leicester

I am a first year CDA student, studying the narratives of loss in the witness testimonies of war widows and maimed soldiers during the English Civil Wars and how they compared across England, Wales and Ireland

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Margherita Riso

Archaeology
University of Leicester

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Tuesday Goacher

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

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Laura Marie Clark

History
University of Birmingham

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Michael Lane

Law and Legal Studies
Birmingham City University

Michael is a Midlands4Cities (AHRC) funded PhD student investigating the impact of the UN's Universal Periodic Review on human rights in the UK. He also teaches on the Constitutional and Administrative Law module at BCU.

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Daniel Blanco

Music
Birmingham City University

Resident composer and co artistic director of Infinite Opera, exploring how to create new opera that is relevant to society by interdisciplinary work and collaboration.

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Jessica Cretney

History
De Montfort University

Researching the built environment of Nazi concentration camps as deliberately created spatial experiences, linked with the modernist ideological drive for architectural efficiency, functionality and standardisation.

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Steve Atkin

Law and Legal Studies
Nottingham Trent University

I am researching the extent to which aspects of the legal systems of the UK and Republic of Ireland uphold the rights of disabled persons

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Laura Ewart

History
Nottingham Trent University

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Daniel Sheppard

Media
Birmingham City University

Daniel is a PhD candidate in the Birmingham School of Media, funded by Midlands4Cities. He has written for Horror Homeroom and Screening Sex, presented at various international conferences, and is currently preparing essays for several edited collections.

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Federica Mirra

Fine Art History, Theory and Practice
Birmingham City University

Sinologist interested in investigating contemporary Chinese artistic responses to the unprecedented urbanization in China to raise awareness of this phenomenon’s social implications and envision future urban imaginaries.

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Simon Clewes

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

My research looks at male-male desire in the Gothic writing of William Godwin and his circle, including Mary Shelley, William Godwin Jnr, Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Joanna Baillie, exoloring how authors worked to critique homophobic politics of the time.

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Judith Vocker

Political History
University of Leicester

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Claire Going

Languages and Literature
De Montfort University

My project looks at whether short stories printed in British magazines during and in the aftermath of the First World War can be considered a therapeutic tool for readers suffering from the emotional or psychological effects of war.

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Catrin Fear

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

My research explores the impact of lead use in medieval Britain from the environmental impact, social and medicinal impact through to identifying poisoning in the skeleton. I also research cave archaeology and palaeoanthropology.

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Amy Hondsmerk

Cultural and Museum Studies
Nottingham Trent University

My research looks at how video games are suited for use as an interpretative tool in museums. I’m focusing on game mechanics, narrative, emotion/affect, and how game structures can create and unpack arguments. I also dabble in coding. SAF rep for NTU.

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Peter Haysom

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

My PhD in Portuguese & Lusophone Studies considers regionalism and regional identity in modern Portuguese fiction. I hold a B.A. in Modern & Medieval Languages (Cambridge) and an M.A. in Portuguese Literature (Porto).