The Liberal Arts Team

Karen E.H. Skinazi BA Hons (York), MA (NYU), PhD (NYU)
Senior Lecturer and Director of Liberal Arts

Dr Skinazi is a feminist literary and cultural critic. She is the co-editor of a recent special issue of Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies on the feminism and art of Jewish Orthodox and Haredi Women (2020) and the author of the monograph Women of Valor: Orthodox Jewish Troll Fighters, Crime Writers, and Rock Stars in Contemporary Literature and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2018), which received Honourable Mention for the 2019 Robert K. Martin/Canadian Association for American Studies Book Prize. She also published a critical edition of the 1916 novel Marion: The Story of an Artist’s Model (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2012) by the first Asian North American novelist, Winnifred Eaton (“Onoto Watanna”) and produced an online collection of Eaton’s Western oeuvre for the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory. Dr Skinazi’s essays have appeared in a number of academic journals, as well as such popular venues as The Conversation, Literary Review of Canada, and Tablet Magazine. Dr Skinazi sits on the editorial board for the journal Shofar, the Women’s Caucus for the Association for Jewish Studies, and the Hadassah Brandeis Research Awards Academic Advisory Committee, and she was previously the media and membership chair of The Society for the Study of Multiethnic Literature of the United States. Her new research includes a Brigstow-funded project on the gap between UK state directives and their implementations in the Orthodox Jewish community and a monograph on the productive interface between contemporary Anglo-American Muslim and Jewish women’s literature and activism.

Emily Derbyshire BA (Oxon), DPhil (Bristol)
Director of Teaching and Lecturer in Liberal Arts

Dr Derbyshire's research focuses on the representation of geographic and cosmographic space in literature from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She is particularly interested in theatrical representations of London in the early modern period and depictions of journeys to the moon in seventeenth-century prose.  

Emma Crowley BA (UCD), MA (York), PhD (Bristol)
Lecturer in Global Literatures and Liberal Arts

Emma's research brings together comparative literary studies, modern languages, politics, sociology, and history and as such her work is fundamentally interdisciplinary. Her doctoral project examines the confluence of Cold War paradigms and world literature, engaging with writing from the Caribbean, Latin America and the Former Soviet Union and she is more broadly interested in decolonial theory and the work of decolonisation, historical materialism and scholarship on intersectionality. Emma is PG/ECR representative for the BCLA and has previously worked in the creative industries and in the third sector. 

Cleo Hanaway-Oakley BA (Leeds), MA (Leeds), DPhil (Oxon)
Lecturer in Liberal Arts and English

Dr Hanaway-Oakley’s research is concerned with the interrelations between literature, philosophy, science, and culture (especially film). She is particularly interested in perception and embodiment. Her first monograph, James Joyce and the Phenomenology of Film, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. She is currently working on a new book-project provisionally entitled Multifocal Modernism: Literature and Non-normative Vision. As well as being Lecturer in Liberal Arts and English at Bristol, Dr Hanaway-Oakley is Membership Secretary for the British Association for Modernist Studies.

Amy King BA (Bristol), MA (University of London), DPhil (Bristol)
Lecturer in Liberal Arts

Dr King specialises in the history and memory of Italy’s far-right, with expertise in memory studies and oral history. Her research examines the role memory of secular martyrs has played in the construction of Italian national identity, arguing that martyr stories tell us something about how the nation and its citizens understand their history and identity. She uses methodologies including oral history, direct observation of commemoration ceremonies and analysis of political attacks on monuments. She is currently writing her first monograph, to be published by Palgrave Macmillan. 

Simeon Koole BA (Oxon), MPhil (Cantab), DPhil (Oxon)
Lecturer in Liberal Arts and History 

Dr Koole is a cultural historian of Modern Britain with interests ranging across the history of sensation, particularly touch, the history and philosophy of science, photographic theory, and urban studies. 


Jamie Perry BA Hons (UEA), MA (Bham), DPhil (Bham)
Lecturer in Liberal Arts and History

Dr Perry’s research brings together intellectual and socio-political history to explore a century of liberal internationalist thought and activism through the prism of British non-governmental organisations from the First World War to Brexit. He has held several research positions examining the history of humanitarianism and homelessness at the University of Birmingham, Queen Mary, University of London and at the charity Save the Children. He is currently working on his book-project entitled The Strange Survival of Liberal Internationalist Britain, 1919-2019.

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