Baroness Royall of BlaisdonPrincipal
Jan Royall is Somerville’s Principal.
She is a Labour and Co-Operative Party politician. She served as Labour’s Chief Whip in the House of Lords in 2008, before being appointed Leader of the Lords and President of the Council and becoming a member of Gordon Brown’s cabinet in the same year. In 2010 she joined Ed Miliband’s shadow cabinet as Leader of the Opposition in the House of Lords, stepping down after the 2015 general election.
Prior to her work in frontbench politics, she was a senior adviser in the European Commission before heading its office in Wales. In 2004 she was appointed to the Lords as Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and in 2005 became a Government Spokesperson for Health, International Development, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Following a degree in Spanish and French at the University of London, Jan’s first job was importing flowers into Europe from Colombia but she soon started working in the world of politics. She spent six years working as General Secretary of the British Labour Group in the European Parliament then went to work for the Leader of the Opposition, Neil Kinnock.
After the 2010 election Jan was elected Leader of the Opposition in the Lords but stepped down in May 2015 in order to engage in other interests, as well as being an active back bencher, using the Lords to pursue issues including youth policy, higher education, women, diversity and inclusion, democratic engagement, health, the EU and foreign affairs.
Jan is a trustee, patron and active supporter of many charities and organizations including City Year, Forest of Dean and Hereford Crossroads, Artspace, Paladin National Stalking Advisory Service, the ASHA Centre and Step up to Serve. She is chair of the People’s History Museum, Pro Chancellor of the University of Bath and Vice President of the Party of European Socialists.
Jan works with governments, political parties and NGOs in many countries on democracy building, leadership, nurturing civil society and women’s empowerment.
Prateek AgrawalFellow & Tutor in Physics; Associate Professor in Particle Physics
I am a theoretical physicist and a Tutorial Fellow in Physics at Somerville.
I am interested in understanding the fundamental laws of nature and ways we can test them. My research revolves around open questions in fundamental physics, such as the nature of dark matter and dark energy, and explanations for the patterns in the basic building blocks of particle physics.
I grew up in India, and obtained my bachelor’s degree in engineering physics from IIT Bombay. I moved to the University of Maryland for my PhD in particle physics. I was a postdoctoral researcher at Fermilab and at Harvard before moving to Oxford.
Agrawal, P., Hook, A. & Huang, J. "A CMB Millikan experiment with cosmic axiverse strings." J. High Energ. Phys. 2020, 138 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/JHEP07(2020)138
Prateek Agrawal, Georges Obied, Paul J. Steinhardt, Cumrun Vafa, "On the cosmological implications of the string Swampland", Physics Letters B, Volume 784, 2018, Pages 271-276, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.physletb.2018.07.040.
Prateek Agrawal, Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine, David Pinner, Lisa Randall, "Rock 'n' Roll Solutions to the Hubble Tension", ArXiv 1904.01016, 2019
Jesus Aguirre GutierrezFulford Junior Research Fellow
The goal of my research is to disentangle how a changing climate has impacted, is currently driving and will modify in the near future our natural forest ecosystems.
Much is still unknown about how tropical forests around the world are responding to an increasingly fast changing climate, and there may be regions that are or will experience stronger biodiversity shifts and may be in more need of protection or regulation.
Having grown-up in Guadalajara, one of the biggest cities in Mexico where not much nature is around, I decided to spend a year living with the indigenous “RarÃ¡muri” community in Northern Mexico to learn from their vision of nature.
My research interests come from understanding the importance nature has on our livelihoods – something I learnt through my experiences with indigenous communities in Mexico and abroad.
I joined SoGE in 2017 to develop a project, at ECI School of Geography, to understand the role that plant functional characteristics play in the resilience of tropical forests. I am currently a Researcher Co-Investigator in the “Arboles” NERC funded project monitoring plant functional diversity by remote sensing in Latin American forests.
Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Malhi, Y., Lewis, S.L., Fauset, S., Adu-Bredu, S., Affum-Baffoe, K., Baker, T.R., Gvozdevaite, A., Hubau, W., Moore, S., Peprah, T., Zieminska, K., Phillips, O.L. and Oliveras, I. (2020) Long-term droughts may drive drier tropical forests towards increased functional, taxonomic andphylogenetic homogeneity. Nature Communications, 11(1).
Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Oliveras, I., Rifai, S., Fauset, S., Adu-Bredu, S., Affum-Baffoe, K., Baker, T.R., Feldpausch, T.R., Gvozdevaite, A., Hubau, W., Kraft, N.J.B., Lewis, S.L., Moore, S., Niinemets, U., Peprah, R., Phillips, O.L., Zieminska, K., Enquist, B. and Malhi, Y. (2019) Drier tropical forests are susceptible to functional changes in response to a long-term drought. Ecology Letters, 22(5): 855-865.
Carvalheiro, L.G., Biesmeijer, J.C., Franzén, M., Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J., Garibaldi, L.A., Helm, A., Michez, D., Pöyry, J., Reemer, M., Schweiger, O., van den Berg, L., WallisDeVries, M.F. and Kunin, W.E. (2019) Soil eutrophication shaped the composition of pollinator assemblages during the past century. Ecography.
Tshwene-Mauchaza, B. and Aguirre-Gutierrez, J. (2019) Climatic drivers of plant species distributions across spatial grains in Southern Africa tropical forests. Frontiers in Forests and Global Change, 2(69).
Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Kissling, W.D., Biesmeijer, J.C., WallisDeVries, M.F., Reemer, M. and Carvalheiro, L.G. (2017) Historical changes in the importance of climate and land use as determinants of Dutch pollinator distributions. Journal of Biogeography, 44(3): 696-707.
Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., van Treuren, R., Hoekstra, R. and van Hintum, T.J.L. (2017) Crop wild relatives range shifts and conservation in Europe under climate change. Diversity and Distributions, 23(7): 739-750.
Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., WallisDeVries, M.F., Marshall, L., van'tZelfde, M., Villalobos-Aramula, A.R., Boekelo, B., Barholomeus, H. Franzen, M., and Biesmeijer, J.C. (2017) Butterflies show different functional and species diversity in relationship to vegetation structure and land use. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Gomes, S.I.F., Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Bidartondo, M.I. and Merckx, V.S.F.T. (2017) Arbuscular mycorrhizal interactions of mycoheterotrophic Thismia are more specialized than in autotrophic plants. New Phytologist, 213(3): 1418-1427.
Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Wallis De Vries, M.F., Marshall, L., van't Zelfde, M., Villalobos-Arambula, A., Boekelo, B., Bartholomeus, H., Franzen, M. and Biesmeijer, J.C. (2016) Butterflies show different functional and species diversity in relationship to vegetation structure and land use. Global Ecology and Biogeography.
Raes, N. and Aguirre-Gutiérrez, J. Species distribution models under climate and landscape changes. In: Mountains, Climate and Biodiversity. Hoorn, C. and Antonelli, A. (eds). Accepted October 2016. Wiley Blackwell Publishers, Oxford.
Aguirre-Gutierrez, J., Kissling, W.D., Carvalheiro, L.G., WallisDeVries, M.F., Franzén, M. and Biesmeijer, J.C. Functional traits help to explain half-century long shifts in pollinator distributions. 2016. Scientific Reports. 6:24451.
Roger, N., Moerman, R., Carvalheiro, L.G., Aguirre-Guitiérrez, J., et al. Impact of pollen resources drift on common bumble bees in NW Europe. 2016. Global Change Biology. In Press.
Wicaksono, C.Y., Aguirre-Guiterrez, J., Nouhra, E., Pastor, N., Raes, N., Pacheco, S. and Geml, J. Contracting montane cloud forests: a case study of the Andean alder (Alnus acuminata) and associated fungi in the Yungas. 2016. Biotropica. In Press.
Lens, F., Vos, R.A., Charrier, G., van der Niet, T., Merckx, V., Pieter Baas, P., Aguirre-Gutierrez, J. et al. Scalariform-to-simple transition in vessel perforation plates triggered by differences in climate during the evolution of Adoxaceae. 2016. Annals of Botany. In Press.
Charlotte AlburyFulford Junior Research Fellow; Research Fellow in Health Behaviours; Teaching Lead in Qualitative Research Methods
I have a background in medical anthropology, and my experience focused on use of ethnographic and socio-linguistic methodologies to explore patient experiences of health and illness, including spirit healing and body modification.
My current research focusses on how clinicians and patients communicate in discussions about behaviour change. I am trained in applied conversation analysis and in the Conversation Analytic Role Play Method.
I joined the dept in 2015 and used conversation analysis to explore audio recorded interactions between patients and GPs during the BWeL trial, and link these to patient weight loss outcomes. I currently work across a series of projects using conversation analysis to identify ways to improve communication about behaviour change in clinical settings, including smoking cessation, clinical trial recruitment, diabetes self-management, and clinical risk communication.
I am a specialist in qualitative research methods, and I lead and co-ordinate the department’s short courses in qualitative research methods, and lead Oxford University’s NVivo courses.
I currently hold both a Mildred Blaxter Fellowship, from the Foundation for the Sociology of Health and Illness, and a Fulford Junior Research Fellowship at Somerville College. During my fellowship I am exploring how wider social discourses are enacted at the micro-interactional level during unsolicited advice-giving in primary care.
I also currently lead the TalkWeL project, a three year study funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF). TalkWeL is a collaboration between the University of Oxford, Loughborough University, Public Health England, and people with obesity. In this project we are examining how clinicians initiate and deliver brief advice for weight loss in primary care, and how patients respond. Our aim is to develop an evidence base of helpful and effective ways to deliver brief advice for weight loss.
Prior to joining the department I worked in teaching, and I am an associate fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I lead the department’s short courses in qualitative research methods. I also co-lead the University’s courses on data management with NVivo.
Talbot, Amelia & Salinas, Maria & Albury, Charlotte & Ziebland, Sue. (2021). People with weight‐related long‐term conditions want support from GPs: A qualitative interview study. Clinical Obesity. 10.1111/cob.12471.
Robinson, Charlotte & Albury, Charlotte & McCartney, David & Fletcher, Benjamin & Roberts, Nia & Jury, Imogen & Lee, Joseph. (2021). The relationship between duration and quality of sleep and upper respiratory tract infections: a systematic review. Family Practice. 10.1093/fampra/cmab033.
Albury, Charlotte & Ziebland, Sue & Webb, Helena & Stokoe, Elizabeth & Aveyard, Paul. (2020). Discussing weight loss opportunistically and effectively in family practice: a qualitative study of clinical interactions using conversation analysis in UK family practice. Family Practice. 38. 10.1093/fampra/cmaa121.
Warr, William & Aveyard, Paul & Albury, Charlotte & Nicholson, Brian & Tudor, Kate & Hobbs, Richard & Roberts, Nia & Ziebland, Sue. (2020). A systematic review and thematic synthesis of qualitative studies exploring GPs' and nurses' perspectives on discussing weight with patients with overweight and obesity in primary care. Obesity Reviews. 22. 10.1111/obr.13151.
Hall, Amanda & Richmond, Helen & Bursey, Krystal & Hansen, Zara & Williamson, Esther & Copsey, Bethan & Albury, Charlotte & Asghari, Shabnam & Curran, Vernon & Pike, Andrea & Etchegary, Holly & Lamb, Sarah. (2020). Evaluating the impact of a champion on implementation of the Back Skills Training (BeST) programme in Canada: a mixed methods feasibility study protocol. BMJ open. 10. e040834. 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-040834.
Sanah AliClinical Non-Stipendiary Lecturer
Joel AlvesFulford Junior Research Fellow; Postdoctoral Researcher in Evolutionary Genetics
Parallel adaptation of rabbit populations to myxoma virus.
Alves, JM, Carneiro, M, Cheng, JY, Lemos de Matos, A, Rahman, MM, Loog, L, Campos, PF, Wales, N, Eriksson, A, Manica, A, Strive, T, Graham, SC
Celebrating Easter, Christmas and their associated alien fauna
Lauritsen, M, Allen, R, Alves, JM, Ameen, C, Fowler, T, Irving-Pease, E, Larson, G, Murphy, LJ, Outram, AK, Pilgrim, E, Shaw, PA, Sykes, N
Adaptive introgression underlies polymorphic seasonal camouflage in snowshoe hares
Jones, MR, Mills, LS, Alves, PC, Callahan, CM, Alves, JM, Lafferty, DJR, Jiggins, FM, Jensen, JD, Melo-Ferreira, J, Good, JM
Host shifts result in parallel genetic changes when viruses evolve in closely related species
Longdon, B, Day, JP, Alves, JM, Smith, SCL, Houslay, TM, McGonigle, JE, Tagliaferri, L, Jiggins, FM
Population genomics reveals that an anthropophilic population of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in West Africa recently gave rise to American and Asian populations of this major disease vector
Crawford, JE, Alves, JM, Palmer, WJ, Day, JP, Sylla, M, Ramasamy, R, Surendran, SN, Black, WC, Pain, A, Jiggins, FM
Daniel AnthonyFellow & Tutor in Medicine; Professor of Experimental Neuropathology
Daniel Anthony is Professor of Experimental Neuropathology. His research group is located in the Department of Pharmacology.
Daniel joined Somerville and the Department of Pharmacology in 2004 where he established the Experimental Neuropathology Laboratory. The focus of the work of his laboratory is to explore the cross-talk between the brain or spinal cord and the peripheral immune system using a combination of non-invasive imaging, molecular biology and immunochemical techniques. Signals carried between the brain and the peripheral immune system are important in the development of CNS disease, and there is now considerable evidence to support the idea that inappropriate immune system activation contributes, in a deleterious manner, not only to the archetypal inflammatory disease of the brain, multiple sclerosis, but also to acute neurological diseases, such as stroke and head trauma, and to chronic neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, prion disease, and HIV-related dementia.
Laboratory website: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~bioc0541/ENP/Welcome.html
1. Dickens AM, Larkin JR, Davis BG, Griffin JL, Claridge TDW, Sibson NR, Anthony DC. NMR-based metabolomics separates the distinct stages of disease in a chronic relapsing model of multiple sclerosis. Journal of Neuroimmune Pharmacology (2015) 015 Sep;10(3):435-44.
2. Couch Y, Xie Q, Lundberg L, Sharp T, Anthony DC. A model of post-infection fatigue is associated increased TNF and 5-HT2A receptor expression in mice. PlosOne 10(7):e0130643 (2015).
3. Losey P, Ladds E, Laprais M, Guevel B, Burns L, Bordet R, Anthony DC. The role of PPAR activation during the systemic response to brain injury. Journal of Neuroinflammation, 12:99 (2015).
4. Strekalova T, Evans M, Costa-Nunes J, Bachurin S, Yeritsyan N, Couch Y, Steinbusch HMW, Köhler SE, Lesch KP, Anthony DC. Tlr4 upregulation in the brain accompanies depression- and anxiety-like behaviors induced by a high-cholesterol diet. Brain Behavior and Immunity pii: S0889-1591(15)00057-4(2015)
5. Airas L, Dickens AM , PElo P, Marjamäki P, Johansson J, Eskola O, Jones PA, Trigg W, Solin O, Haaparanta-Solin M, Anthony DC, Rinne J. In vivo positron emission tomography imaging demonstrates diminished microglial activation after fingolimod treatment in an animal model of Multiple Sclerosis J Nucl Med. 56(2):305-10 (2015).
6. Dickens A, Anthony DC, Deutsch R, Mielke MM, Claridge DW, Grant I, Franklin D, Rosario D, Marcotte T, Letendre S, JC McArthur, N. Haughey. CSF Metabolomics Implicate Bioenergetic Adaptation as a Neural Mechanism Regulating Shifts in Cognitive States of HIV-Infected Subjects. AIDS 2015 PMID: 25611149
Susan AnthonyRetaining Fee Lecturer; Consultant Radiologist
Dr Susan Anthony is a Consultant Interventional Radiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she served as Clinical Lead and Director of Radiology 2012-18.
Having qualified in 1992 from University College Hospital Medical School, London, she trained in Radiology at the Royal Free Hospital, London, before moving to Oxford in 2005.
Her specialist interests include Non-invasive Vascular Imaging, Cardiac Imaging, Intervention (including Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty, Aortic Stent Grafting and Uterine Artery Embolisation), Endovenous Laser Treatment for Varicose Veins, and Interventional Oncology (Transarterial Chemoembolisation, Selective Internal Radiation Therapy and Portal Vein Embolisation).
Suzie has an honorary senior clinical lecturer position at the University of Oxford. She teaches anatomyand radiology to undergraduate and graduate-entry medical students and enjoys introducing young doctors to the opportunities provided by image-guided intervention. Suzie has an active interest in current research and is section editor for European Journal of Radiology.
Dr Michael AshdownPractitioner Non-Stipendiary Lecturer in Law
Michael is a barrister at Wilberforce Chambers.
Before going to the Bar, Michael spent six years as Fellow and Tutor in law at Somerville College. His research concerned trustees’ powers and duties and the remedial consequences of breaches of trust, with a particular focus on the so-called “rule in Re Hastings-Bass”, and was cited in the Court of Appeal in Pitt v Holt  EWCA Civ 197. He lectured, examined and gave tutorials on the law of trusts and Roman law. He continues to teach land law to Oxford undergraduates.
As a barrister, he appears regularly in the High Court and County Court, both as sole counsel and as a junior in a larger team.
Michael’s particular interests are in all aspects of litigation and advice relating to trusts law. This encompasses both traditional private client work and pension schemes, together with professional negligence in those fields.
Recent notable instructions include:
- British Airways v Maunder. Acting for British Airways in a long-running claim against the trustees of the Airways Pension Scheme for alleged breaches of trust in the exercise of discretionary powers, culminating in a 7-week trial before Morgan J (with Michael Tennet QC and Sebastian Allen).
- Acting (as sole counsel) for a minor beneficiary in two sets of contested High Court proceedings, first pursuant to Schmidt v Rosewood Trust Ltd to obtain trust accounts and other information to explain the diminution of the trust fund, and secondly to remove and replace the existing trustees.
- Acting (as sole counsel) in High Court proceedings for a beneficiary seeking to establish his entitlement to a half share in a substantial trust fund, and to value and realise that share.
- Acting (as sole counsel) for the claimant firm of solicitors in the County Court trial of their claim to recover unpaid fees from a client for whom they had acted in Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings.
- Advising the defendant administrator on claims under the under the Inheritance (Provision for Family of Dependants) Act 1975 concerning overseas property, the validity of UK and foreign marriages and divorces by both claimant and deceased, and the recognition in England of foreign polygamous marriage.
‘English Trust Law Principles’ in S Kempster, M McMillan and A Meek (eds) International Trust Disputes (OUP 2020)
‘Disorder & delayed discovery’ (2019) 169 (7840) New Law Journal 16
‘A modern approach to fraud on a power’ (2018) 24 Trusts & Trustees 653 (with Tiffany Scott QC)
‘Professional Advice’ in PS Davies, S Douglas and J Goudkamp (eds), Defences in Equity (Hart Publishing 2018)
‘Trustee Decision Making: The Rule in Re Hastings-Bass’ (OUP 2015)
‘Laches and limitation’ (2014) Trusts & Trustees 20 (9): 958-965 (with Clare Stanley QC)
Helen AshdownJanet Vaughan Tutor in Clinical Medicine (Somerville); General Practitioner; Doctoral Research Fellow, Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences
Dr Helen Ashdown is a GP and clinical researcher based in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences.
She is responsible for clinical medicine teaching at Somerville. Helen completed her pre-clinical training at Cambridge, before moving to Oxford for her clinical studies and post-graduate training in academic general practice. She is now an NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow in the Nuffield Department of Primary Care in Oxford. Her principal research interests are in diagnosis in primary care, particularly the use of medical devices to improve the diagnosis and monitoring in respiratory disease, and infection and child health. She is currently undertaking research into the role of blood eosinophils to predict responsiveness to inhaled steroids for patients with COPD in primary care. She is also working on studies investigating temperature variation during chemotherapy treatment, workload in general practice, and also research in influenza in children, investigating which children are at higher risk of complications of influenza and how these children are currently managed in primary care.
Previous projects have been diverse, including antibiotic prescribing practice in conjunctivitis, childhood immunisation, diagnostic accuracy of breathalyser devices available for purchase by the public and even whether speed bumps can be a useful diagnostic tool for appendicitis. Helen also works part-time as a GP in Oxford.
'Endometriosis' Nature Reviews Disease Primers volume 4, 2018
Krina T. Zondervan, Christian M. Becker, Kaori Koga, Stacey A. Missmer, Robert N. Taylor & Paola Viganò
Identification of children at risk of influenza-related complications in primary and ambulatory care: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Lancet Resp Med 2015 3:139-49.
Gill PJ, Ashdown HF, Wang K, Heneghan C, Roberts NW, Harnden A, and Mallett S.
Diagnostic accuracy study of three alcohol breathalysers marketed for sale to the public. BMJ Open 2014;4:e005811.
Ashdown HF, Fleming S, Spencer EA, Thompson MJ, and Stevens RJ.
Lumps, bumps and diagnostic stumps: a case report. BJGP 2013;63:663-664.
Ashdown HF, Ho LP, Haynes JE.
Determining immunisation status of children from history: a diagnostic accuracy study. BMJ Open 2013;3:e002822.
Nohavicka L, Ashdown HF, Kelly DK.
Pain over speed bumps in diagnosis of acute appendicitis: diagnostic accuracy study. BMJ 2012;345:e8012.
Ashdown HF, D’Souza N, Karim D, Stevens RJ, Huang A, and Harnden A.
Relative impact of clinical evidence and over-the-counter prescribing on topical antibiotic use for acute infective conjunctivitis. BJGP 2009;59:897-900.
Davis H, Mant D, Scott C, Lasserson D, and Rose PW.
Endometriosis. In: Schwab M, editor. Encyclopedia of Cancer. 2nd ed. Springer, 2008.
Davis H, Kennedy S, Prowse A.
Richard AshdowneLecturer in Linguistics
I teach linguistics to undergraduates at colleges across the University, including Somerville.
I provide supervision and teaching for students doing linguistics as part of a degree in Modern Languages and Linguistics, or Psychology, Philosophy, and Linguistics.
My background is in Classics and linguistics. I read Classics as an undergraduate at New College, Oxford, and then completed a DPhil in linguistics, working on aspects of forms of address in Latin and the Romance languages, including their grammar, meanings, and uses. My main interests are in questions of how languages change in general and in the history of Latin and French in particular. Within this my research has often focused on changes that relate to semantics or pragmatics, such as the lexicography of medieval Latin and the history of T/V distinctions in romance languages.
Since finishing my doctorate, I have taught both Classics and linguistics at a number of colleges across Oxford as well as for the university. From 2004 to 2008, I was a member of the Classics Faculty Language Teaching Team and during that time he and James Morwood published Writing Latin (Bristol Classical Press, 2007), an introduction to prose composition in Latin. In 2008 I joined the faculty research project preparing the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources, first as an assistant editor, in which role I was instrumental in developing the project’s use of technology; from 2011-14 I was the Dictionary’s final editor. Since 2014 I have been Lecturer in Classical Languages at University College, in which role I provide language teaching to the college’s classics students.
'-mannus makyth man(n)? Latin as an indirect source for English lexical history'
The Multilingual Origins of Standard English
'Dictionary of Medieval Latin from British Sources'
Adams (J.N.) 'An Anthology of Informal Latin, 200 BC – AD 900. Fifty Texts with Translations and Linguistic Commentary.' Pp. xii + 719. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. ISBN: 978-1-107-03977-3.
Latin in Medieval Britain
The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages
'Dictionaries of dead languages'
The Oxford Handbook of Lexicography
Löfstedt - (P.) Poccetti (ed.) Einar Löfstedt nei percorsi della linguistica e della filologia latina. Atti del Convegno internazionale, Roma, 6–7 maggio 2004. (Ricerche sulle lingue di frammentaria attestazione 4.) Pp...
The Classical Review
Christophe BarnabéStipendiary Lecturer in French
My research interests include 20th and 21st century French literature, especially poetry, as well as, more broadly, modern poetry in Spanish and English written on both sides of the Atlantic.
My doctoral thesis, entitled ‘Survivance du charme. Le poème et l’idée de guérison’ (2020), sits at the intersection of magic, medicine, and literature. Through the study of four European poets (Philippe Jaccottet, Antonio Gamoneda, Ted Hughes and Paul Celan) whose work spans the second half of the 20th century, I seek to re-examine a question that has haunted poets for centuries: what can a poem heal? In my study, I pay particular attention to the struggle faced by modern poets in search of a cure through language, torn between their faith in an archaic verbal performativity, and the limits set to that idea by rational science, modern medicine, and a heightened critical awareness of their craft.
Besides my work in the field of medical humanities, I am also interested in different interdisciplinary approaches to modern and contemporary poetry and literature, especially through painting, music, or religious thought.
For further information, including a complete list of publications, see my faculty page.
Articles and Chapters in Books
‘Philippe Jaccottet lisant L’Été: comprendre un malaise’, in Albert Camus et la poésie, ed. by Danièle Leclair and Alexis Lager (Rennes: Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2022.) (Forthcoming.)
‘Thierry Metz et le cas de L’homme qui penche (1997)’, Fabula/Les colloques: Littérature et écritures du cas (2021).
‘Mutam cinerem’ (on Anne Carson’s Nox), Critique, no. 879-880 (2020), pp. 658-669.
‘Du bruissement des organes à la musique des vers: la cénesthésie à l’œuvre dans “Les Nerfs” de Jules Supervielle’, in La figure du poète-médecin, XXe-XXIe siècles, ed. by Alexandre Wenger et al. (Geneva: Georg, 2018), pp. 79-98.
‘La majesté de l’abrupt. Francis Ponge face aux peintures de Fautrier’ in Jean Fautrier, ed. by Dieter Schwarz (Düsseldorf: Richter Verlag, 2017), pp. 152-163. (French-German bilingual edition: ‘Die Majestät des Schroffen. Francis Ponge vor der Malerei Fautriers’, trans. Suzanne Schmidt.) Reprinted in the French-English edition as ‘Abrupt Majesty. Francis Ponge Face to Face with Fautrier’s Paintings’, trans. C. Petridis, D. Wharry and B. Wooding, in Jean Fautrier. Matière et lumière (Paris: Paris Musées, 2018), pp. 178-189.
‘Les notes indiscrètes de Pablo Montoya’, Europe, no. 1038 (2015), pp. 226-236.
‘Le lieu du perpétuel commencement: Mark Strand, Haydn, et les sept dernières paroles du Christ’, Europe, no. 1026 (2014), pp. 291-304.
‘Iguazú’, L’Étrangère, no. 55 (2021), pp. 48-59.
‘Amas’, La Revue de Belles-Lettres, nos. 1-2 (2020), pp. 225-234.