Professor Karen O'Brien
Karen O'Brien is Vice-Principal (Education) and Professor of English Literature in the Department of English, School of Arts and Humanities. She has responsibility for all aspects of student education in the College, and oversees the Graduate School, the King's Learning Institute and the Central Unit for Distance Learning. She also has a strategic role for student recruitment and admissions, widening participation and fair access and (with the VP International) the internationalisation of education at the College.
Professor O'Brien studied at the Sorbonne for a year before attending Oxford University where she graduated with a BA Hons (Congratulatory) in English Literature and a D.Phil. She was awarded a Harkness Fellowship which she spent as a visiting fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a Research Fellowship at Peterhouse, Cambridge. She has held academic posts at the Universities of Southampton, Cardiff and Warwick where she was Chair of Undergraduate Studies and a visiting fellowship at Edinburgh, before moving to Birmingham University as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education). Her research is in the area of the literature and intellectual history of the Enlightenment, with a particular focus on historical writing, imperial thought, ideas and debates about gender equality and (most recently) the history of the novel and Thomas Robert Malthus. Her publications include the British Academy's 2000 Warton Lecture in English poetry ("Poetry against Empire: Milton to Shelley"), Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon (Cambridge University Press, 1997, awarded the British Academy's Rose Mary Crawshay Prize) and Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (2009). Her teaching focuses on late seventeenth-century to Romantic British literature, and American literature.
or alternatively through Karen's EA Ms Debbie McCarthy
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