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Dr David Lees

DLTeaching Fellow

Director of the Year Abroad, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Email: D dot W dot Lees at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 765 23014 (Ext. 23014)


I took up the position of Teaching Fellow in French in September 2014, having studied at Warwick for my undergraduate degree, my Masters and my PhD. I have worked on student recruitment for French Studies at Warwick, and have taught in a visiting capacity at the universities of Newcastle and Bath. I was highly commended for my 'inspirational leadership' in my role as School Year Abroad Director at the Warwick Staff Awards 2016.

Research and teaching interests

My research concerns film propaganda of the French extreme-right, and my PhD thesis examined in particular the documentary and newsreel propaganda of the Vichy regime (1940-1944). In addition to continuing my research on documentary and newsreel film under Vichy, I am currently working on three new projects: the first concerns the history of non-fiction film, social media and the French extreme-right from Vichy to the Le Pen dynasty; the second concerns pedagogies of the Holocaust and representations of the Holocaust in the French context and the third is a political biography of Marine Le Pen.

In conjunction with Dr Lindsey Dodd (Huddersfield University), I organised a conference around 'Vichy and the everyday,' which took place at Warwick in March 2016 and which is shortly to lead to a co-edited collection with Bloomsbury. Along with Dr Aurélien Mondon (Bath); Dr Nina Parish (Bath) and Professor Marion Demossier (Southampton), I am one of the editors of a handbook on French politics and culture due for publication with Routledge in 2017. I am also co-authoring, with Dr Chris Reynolds (Nottingham Trent), a second edition of Contemporary France with Routledge.

I have been invited to discuss my research in the national and international media, on topics including the legacy of the Occupation and Vichy years in France, the electoral campaigns of the Front National and the rise of the extreme-right. I have given broadcast and print interviews to BBC News Channel; Reuters TV; Sky News; France 24; Al Jazeera; CBC News (Canada); CTV News (Canada); Talk Radio UK; CNN; TRT World; The BBC History Magazine; LBC; BBC Coventry & Warwickshire; The Express; Newsweek; The Atlantic (USA); Share Radio and I24 News. I have also written extensively for The Conversation, a website offering expert analysis and opinion.

My teaching interests lie in modern and contemporary French history and politics. In 2012, I was awarded an inaugural Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence for PGR Students who teach. I was nominated again for the award in 2013, and nominated for the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. In 2013, I was voted the fifth best feedback practitioner in the Arts Faculty. I am active in the promotion of the study of modern French history, politics and culture and previously sat on the Executive Committee of the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France as Postgraduate Representative and Web Officer. I have also been active in Outreach and Widening Participation initiatives, working closely with The Brilliant Club as well as delivering sessions for primary and secondary school students at Warwick. I regularly write articles on teaching for the academic jobs website,

Teaching and supervision

I am module leader for the following modules:

  • FR121 The Story of Modern France
  • FR251 France and the World since 1945
  • FR252 Representations of the Holocaust
  • FR346 Occupation: Everyday life in Vichy France
  • LN307 Propaganda and Persuasion in modern Europe

Administrative roles

  • Director of the Year Abroad, School of Modern Languages and Cultures
  • Overall Year Abroad Co-ordinator (and Co-ordinator of British Council assistantships and incoming Erasmus student exchanges), French Studies
  • Personal tutor

Committee memberships

  • Chair, SMLC Undergraduate Studies Committee Year Abroad sub-committee
  • Chair, SMLC Year Abroad Progress Committee
  • Member, SMLC ICT/TEL committee
  • Member, University Placement Committee
  • Member, Undergraduate Research Support Scheme board
  • Member, Review of Personal Tutoring at Warwick

Professional memberships/affiliations

  • Member, Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France
  • Member, Society for the Study of French History


Edited collections

Lindsey Dodd and David Lees (Eds.), Vichy France and Everyday Life: Confronting the Challenges of Wartime, 1939-1945, In preparation for Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Peer-reviewed chapters in books

David Lees, 'Defining everyday Frenchness under Vichy,' in Dodd and Lees (Eds.), Vichy France and Everyday Life, op cit.

Peer reviewed journal articles

David Lees, 'A controversial campaign: François Fillon and the decline of the centre-right in the 2017 French presidential elections,' in Modern and Contemporary France, Special Issue on 2017 presidential and legislative elections, Vol. 25, No. 4, November 2017, pp.391-402


Marion Demossier, Aurelien Mondon, Nina Parish and David Lees (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of French Politics and Culture, In preparation for Routledge, 2017

David Howarth, Georgios Varouxakis, Chris Reynolds and David Lees, Contemporary France, In preparation for Routledge, 2018

I have also reviewed books for Modern and Contemporary France, French History and Modern Language Review and have peer-reviewed for Routledge, European History Quarterly, Modern and Contemporary France and Exchanges, Warwick's interdisciplinary journal.

Office hours 2017-18 (H4.29)

Term 2:

Tuesdays 1pm-2pm

Thursdays 10-11am

Or by appointment via email