Seán Hand became Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Europe) in December 2017. He was previously the founding Head of Warwick's School of Modern Languages and Cultures from 2014 to 2016. He joined the University of Warwick as a Professor of French Studies in 2005, and was Head of the Department of French Studies from 2008 to 2011.
In his present role he works closely with Simon Swain, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement), to maintain high engagement with European partners in the ‘Brexit’ phase and beyond, to encourage enhanced capability and reputation via strategic and committed European expansion, and to create opportunities thereby for teaching and learning, research funding, civic engagement, European networking, and an internationalist ethos.
Seán has a B.A. (M.A. Oxon) and a D. Phil. from the University of Oxford, and a MBA and a D.Litt. from the University of Warwick. He is a Chevalier des Palmes Académiques, and a member of the Academia Europæa. In addition to being appointed the Dean of the Warwick in California project in 2016, he has been an Honorary Professor of Monash University, a Visiting Fellow at St. Catherine's College, Oxford, and and a Visiting Fellow at the National University of Singapore. He is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He is a strategic reviewer for the AHRC, has acted as a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, and has directed national projects funded by the AHRC and by HEFCE. He has been an assessor for the Irish Research Council, the Israel Science Foundation, and the South African National Research Foundation. He sits on several international advisory and editorial boards and is a recognised European Commission expert evaluator. He has been interviewed and consulted by press, radio, television and professional associations about contemporary French society and culture, and international capability.
Seán’s research, which has been funded by the Leverhulme Trust, HEFCE, the AHRC, and the British Academy, examines radical writings in French of the past 100 years. Among his publications, he has written, edited or translated nine books, acted as general editor of a series of ten critical collections, and guest edited four special journal issues. He is currently focusing on theories of crisis and governance, post-genocide representations, and interpretations of Levinas.