is Vice-Provost (Academic and International) of University College London, and Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature. His research focuses on 20th and 21st century European literature and on aspects of critical theory, feminism, gender politics, and painting and photography. He has published nine books and more than 70 articles and chapters in books. His forthcoming publications include a co-edited book on liberating learning in schools, an essay on gender for the first book on gender theory to be published in North Africa, and several articles on why the study of foreign languages and culture is important in today’s world.
He is Higher Education Advisor to the British Council and he has spoken widely throughout the world on the Internationalisation of Higher Education. He was a founding member of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, later the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on which he served from 1998-2006, chairing several of its major committees. He is also a member of the International Committee of the French Research Council (ANR) and of the Advisory Board for the Programme of Artistic Research of the Austrian Research Council (FWF).