A practitioner of comparative literature by vocation and formation, I have worked at The University (formerly Polytechnic) of Wolverhampton since 1981. Before so doing, I studied for my Bachelor’s degree and PhD at the University of Nottingham, UK, and taught for two years at higher education institutions in France and Spain. To date, I have over sixty academic publications to my name (single- or joint-authored).
I have supervised to completion PhDs in Bulgaria, France and the UK and examined doctoral theses in Bulgaria, France, Spain and the UK. My long association with the British Comparative Literature Association includes service on its executive committee and co-editorship of its journal, Comparative Critical Studies. I also enjoy close links with the comparative literature communities in France and Spain through, respectively, membership of the editorial board of the Revue de Littérature Comparée and collaboration in conference organisation and publication with the Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada.
As regards participation in national research evaluation in the UK, my work has been submitted in every assessment since the system’s inception. I was part of the coordination team for my university’s submission in European Studies in RAE 2008 and in REF 2014 I was the lead co-ordinator for the submission in Area Studies.
My teaching experience is diverse: Anglophone, French, Hispanic, European and Comparative literatures; French and Spanish language and EFL; the geography and history of Spain; contextual studies in visual communications; research skills development for Masters and Doctoral students.
To have the opportunity to study and use foreign languages in my professional and personal life is one of the greatest privileges I have experienced. For this reason I am a relentless advocate of foreign language acquisition, particularly among English speakers in world and in an age where, one might argue, English often has too much say and then, frequently, says too much.