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Residential Fellows 2017-18

Professor Duncanson
Professor Kirsty Duncanson

La Trobe University in Melbourne

Visiting 23 October - 1 November 2017

Nominated by: Professor Vanessa Munro, Department of Law

Kirsty Duncanson is a Lecturer in Law at La Trobe University in Melbourne. While maintaining a central focus on the intersections of law, crime and the social world, her work is strongly interdisciplinary. In her research and teaching she draws on theory and methods from across the fields of cultural legal studies, socio-legal studies, criminology, political science, gender studies, visual culture, cinema and media studies. Her key areas of interest include the implications of courtroom design; jury decision-making in rape trials; and popular engagements with the philosophies of law and sovereignty as they take place in the production and consumption of visual culture.

Professor Mark Drumbl
Professor Mark Drumbl

Washington & Lee University, USA

Visiting 13 - 17 November 2017

Nominated by: Ms Solange Mouthaan, Department of Law

Mark Drumbl serves as Director of the Transnational Law Institute at at Washington & Lee University. He also held visiting appointments on several law faculties, including Oxford University, Université de Paris II (Panthéon-Assas), University of Melbourne, Masaryk University, University of Sydney, Vanderbilt University, Free University of Amsterdam, University of Ottawa and Trinity College-Dublin. Drumbl's book, Atrocity, Punishment, and International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2007) has won commendations from the International Association of Criminal Law (U.S. national section) and the American Society of International Law. In 2012, Drumbl published Reimagining Child Soldiers in International Law and Policy (Oxford University Press), which has been widely reviewed and critically acclaimed. He has authored roughly 100 journal articles, commentaries, and book chapters, and has delivered lectures and seminars world-wide. He is co-editing the Research Handbook on Child Soldiers (with Dr Jastine Barrett).

Dr Balint Aradi
Dr Balint Aradi

Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science, Universitat Bremen, Germany

Visiting 20 - 25 November 2017

Nominated by: Dr Reinhard Maurer, Department of Chemistry

Dr Bálint Aradi is a senior scientist at the Bremen Center for Computational Materials Science of the University of Bremen. Dr Aradi is an expert in large-scale, computationally efficient electronic structure methods. He has made pivotal contributions to the development of the Density-Functional Tight Binding method and is the main developer of the widely-used software package DFTB+. His current research efforts target the computational modelling of chemical reactions at oxide surfaces as relevant for the water splitting reaction and photovoltaic energy generation. Dr. Aradi has published more than 50 publications in the field of condensed matter simulation and continues to be a leading expert in predictive materials modelling.

Professor Nurit Zaidman

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Visiting 22 - 27 January 2018

Nominated by: Professor Marianna Fotaki, Warwick Business School


Ms Alexandra Hall

Colorado Dept of Labor and Employment, USA

Visiting 3 - 10 February 2018

Nominated by: Professor Rob Wilson, Institute of Employment Research

Alexandra Hall, a dedicated public servant since 1994, was appointed as director of the Colorado Division of Labor Standards and Statistics in January 2016 after an 8 month stint as acting director. As Division Director, Alex oversees administration of Colorado’s wage and hour and workplace conditions laws, Labor Peace Act, and the state’s contribution to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics economic series on Colorado labor markets. She also serves as the Chief Economist of the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, a role she has held since May 2002.

While serving as Division Director, Alex championed reorganization of the Division of Labor and Labor Market Information to create the Division of Labor Standards and Statistics. This redesign freed up resources to immediately allow for a 70% increase in the number of staff providing direct customer service to Colorado workers filing wage and hour claims to reduce a large backlog. Under Alex’s leadership the Labor Standards team just completed implementation of a new technology platform to facilitate claim processing and further increase efficiencies in 2018.

Alex is a member of the National Association of Government Labor Officials and was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Labor to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data User’s Advisory Committee, where she is a subject matter expert on the nation’s employment statistics infrastructure and local data user needs. Over the course of her career she has served on various U.S. labor statistics policy councils. She chaired the U.S. Projections Managing Partnership for ten years where she established a Board of Directors and governance structure for this federal/state network. In Colorado, Alex serves on the Governor’s Revenue Estimating Advisory Committee.

Dr Charlie Michael
Dr Charlie Michael

Georgia State University, USA

Visiting 28 February - 3 March 2018

Nominated by: Dr Mary Harrod, School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Charlie Michael has held posts in French and Film Studies at various US institutions, including most recently Lecturer in Film and Video at Georgia State, and is currently Visiting Scholar at l’Institut National de l'Audiovisuel in Paris. His research focuses on contemporary media industries with particular interests in French and Francophone cinema, cultural politics and theories of globalization. He co-edited the Directory of World Cinema: France (Intellect Press, 2013) and is currently completing a book entitled French Film in the Blockbuster Era: Globalization and the Cultural Politics of a Popular Cinema (under contract with Edinburgh UP). His articles have appeared in SubStance, The Velvet Light Trap, Quebec Studies, French Politics, Culture & Society and A Companion to Contemporary French Cinema.

Professor Dana Leibsohn

Smith College, USA

Visiting 21 - 25 March 2018

Nominated by: Professor Ann Gerristen, Department of History


Ms Christina Hellmich

de Young Museum, USA

Visiting 21 - 25 March 2018

Nominated by: Professor Ann Gerristen, Department of History


Professor Jennifer Holmes

Whittier College, USA

Visiting 2 - 12 July 2018

Nominated by: Professor Michael Hulse, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies

Jennifer Holmes' background includes a PhD in Performance Studies from Northwestern University (focusing on Directing, and also Performance as a Mode of Research and Teaching), a Masters in Theatre from Northwestern University, and an undergraduate degree from SUNY Purchase, where she majored in Painting and Sculpting and minored in Dance and Art History. Jennifer also studied acting for three years in New York City, and Shakespeare at the British American Drama Academy, and was an artist in residence at the Leon Katz Rodolphi International Theatre Laboratory. She serves on the Board for the Kennedy Center American Theatre Festival, and is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Jennifer is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Communication Arts at Whittier College (in Southern California) where she directs and teaches (among other things) Directing, Performing Non-Fiction, and World Theatre.