Internal SIIBS members

Post/Department Email
Research Interests
Dr T. Ryan Byerly (Department of Philosophy) Dr Byerly's primary research interest is in Philosophy of Religion, Virtue Ethics, and Epistemology.
Emeritus Professor David Clines SIIBS research Commentary on the biblical text, hebrew language, new methods in biblical criticism. A central thrust of his work has been the promotion of approaches to biblical interpretation that derive from general literary theory and procedures. Masculinity. A key interest, arising from his commitment to feminism, has been how masculinity is constructed in the biblical texts, and how pervasive masculine thinking is throughout the Bible.
Dr Jeremy Clines SIIBS research Liberationist theologies. Child Theology. Eco-theology. Eco-criticism. Eco-liturgical theology. Religion and Social Policy. Leadership, Religion and Society. Religion & Belief and Equalities. Inter-religious understanding. Inter-faith dialogue.
Emeritus Professor Philip Davies SIIBS research Professor Davies taught in Ghana before he was appointed at Sheffield. He is an expert on the Dead Sea Scrolls, and has written four books on the subject. Intertestamental and rabbinic literature, Persian and Hellenistic periods.
Dr Jessica Dubow (Department of Geography) Senior Lecturer (Geography) Critical Theory (with specific focus on Walter Benjamin and Theodor Adorno). Continental Philosophy (with specific focus on Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Phenomenology and Ethics). Cultural Geographies. Aesthetic Theory/Visual Practice. Colonial and Post-colonial Studies (with specific reference to both colonial and post-apartheid South Africa).
Emeritus Professor Cheryl Exum SIIBS research Literary criticism of the Hebrew Bible. Feminist and gender criticism. Cultural studies. The Bible in art, music and film. The Song of Songs and ancient Near Eastern love poetry.
Dr Katie Edwards Director of SIIBS, and Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Culture and Society Cultural studies, gender and sexuality. Race and ethnicity. The use, impact and influence of religious characters/figures in contemporary culture. Feminist biblical criticism. The Bible in art and film. Reception of the Bible in contemporary popular culture and Biblical literacy.
Dr Mark Finney Lecturer in Religion (History) Afterlife. Early Christianity in its Greco-Roman Environment. Judaism. Islam. Religion & Art. Religion, Conflict & Violence. Religion, Politics, & the Modern Middle East and Social-scientific approaches to interpreting ancient religious texts.
Dr Naomi Hetherington University Tutor
(Lifelong Learning) Interests are in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature and culture, in particular religion and literature, gender and sexuality, the history of feminism, Victorian popular fiction and the literary New Woman.
Dr Valerie Hobbs Senior Lecturer of Applied Linguistics (School of English) Research areas include disciplinary discourse and theolinguistics, with an emphasis on conservative evangelical Christian discourse, focusing on gender.
Imam Sheikh Mohammad Ismail Muslim Chaplain Actively involved in multi-faith work nationally and locally for more than 30 years. He through his different positions in the community and in the university is effectively promoting community cohesion.
Dr Themesa Neckles University Teacher
(School of Education) Current research critically explores the work of John Dewey on the Theory of Experience with a view to reconceptualising physical education as an educational practice. Themesa’s research also demonstrates how a democratic process towards mass participation in school physical education can provide meaningful movement experiences at the school level, in order to establish a physical culture, where lifelong physical activity engagement is encouraged and maintained within a democratic society.
Dr Ela Nutu SIIBS research Critical Theory (particularly Poststructuralist, Gender, and Psychoanalytical Studies). The reception, use and impact of the Bible in and through Art (particularly visual art). Identity. Visual Criticism. Cultural Studies. The Gospels (particularly John).
Professor Kate Pahl Professor in Literacies in Education (School of Education) Exploring how artists work within the AHRC Connected Communities programme. The programme has encouraged arts and humanities academics to work in different ways with communities to co-produce research across a range of disciplines. Many academics have worked with artists to realize ideas and help with a community engaged approach to research.
Dr Iona Hine SIIBS research Iona is working as a postdoctoral research associate on the Linguistic DNA of Modern Western Thought (under Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, School of English) based in the Humanities Research Institute. She continues to represent SIIBS including as an advisor to the new Centre for Archival Practices and coordinates the University of Sheffield's Centre for Early Modern Studies.
Professor Hugh Pyper Professor of Biblical Interpretation (Philosophy) How the Bible still exerts influence on culture, trying to understand the development and core assumptions of Western culture of the Bible and the many ways it has been interpreted. Literature and classical music as ways of interpreting the Bible. Particular interest in Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, the role of biblical interpretation in his writings and, through his influence, in the development of modern philosophy is a particular interest.
Dr Amber Regis (School of English) Currently pursuing several research projects. These include a book length study of Victorian auto/biography and its relation to fiction and narrative poetry, and a new edition of the Memoirs of John Addington Symonds. Also working on essays exploring the legacy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own in feminist life-writing criticism, representations of Charlotte Brontë on the twenty-first-century stage, and a study of ‘living history’ museums and TV series that seek to (re )construct the Victorian quotidian.
Dr Michael Sandford SIIBS research Radical political readings of the gospels, the historical Jesus, and contemporary representations of Jesus' masculinity and sexuality.
Dr Charlotte Steenbrugge (School of English) Interest is medieval English drama, but I has completed research on early modern theatre, medieval and sixteenth-century Dutch and French drama, and non-dramatic medieval literature.
Dr Minna Shkul Teacher in New Testament Studies (Philosophy) Social history of early Christianity, social memory and identity in the New Testament. Religion and social sciences, empirical studies on contemporary religiosity, the reception of the religious texts, voices from the margins and minorities.Questions of equality and diversity, especially feminism, gender and sexuality.
Professor Brendan Stone Senior Fellow for The Institute of Mental Health (School of English) Development of initiatives which have genuine social impact. His PhD (2004) focused on the relationship between narrative and human identity, with a specific focus on experiences of distress and trauma as described in first-person autobiographical writing. A lot of his subsequent work has involved him working with people who live with severe and enduring mental distress (or mental illness), and with statutory and third-sector organisations which provide support. Brendan also works with neighbourhoods and communities to help build understandings of cohesion and wellbeing through the study of residents’ stories, and he frequently participates in partnerships and collaborations with a wide range of organisations.
Dr Casey Strine Vice Chancellor's Fellow (Faculty of Arts and Humanities) History, literature, and cultures of the ancient middle east with a specialization in ancient Israel and Judah, the two societies that produced the Old Testament. Primary approach as a historian is to use the study of migration to reconstruct ancient history and to interpret ancient texts. forced migration—people fleeing environmental disasters, war, or persecution in various forms—influences the ways groups construct their history, tell those stories, and respond to the other cultures they meet because of their movements.
Dr Meredith Warren Lecturer in Biblical and Religious Studies Cultural and theological interactions among the religions of the ancient Mediterranean, food and eating in ancient narratives, Hellenistic romance novels and the Gospels.
Dr Graham Williams (School of English) philologist of medieval and early modern English language and literature. More particularly, his perspective tends to be of a cultural-historical or pragmatic bent. He has worked extensively with manuscript and digital letter collections in order to study English interactions dating from c.1390-1650, but more recently his research deals with texts of all types, from Old English homilies to late medieval verse.