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Dr Bill Brooks PhD, MA

University Director of Education

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Dr Bill Brooks is University Director of Education within Modern Languages at the University of Southampton.

After leaving school, Bill Brooks began his career in French as a teacher in a high school in Algeria. He completed his first degree, MA and PhD at the University of Exeter. After two years working at the University of Paris X (Nanterre) he was appointed lecturer in French at Southampton in 1975. Promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1995 and to University Director of Education in 2004, he has been Head of the School of Modern Languages, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, Head of the School of Humanities, and, from 2004 -2009, Associate Dean (Education) in the Faculty of Law Arts and Social Sciences. He was Chair of the Council of University Deans of Arts and Humanities from 2006-2009.

Research interests

Discourses of the French Revolution with a particular emphasis on women's voices, and French responses and reactions to the challenges posed by Globalisation.

Bill Brooks's teaching, originally in Enlightenment culture and politics, has focussed more recently on their political and cultural legacy in the modern era. He currently teaches a Module, Women Writing the French Revolution on the Chawton MA with Gillian Dow and a Module in the MSc in International Comparative Studies in the School of Social Sciences, Divergent Modernities. Current teaching activities are led by research on the evolution of contemporary politics, society and culture in France today in an international comparative context with particular reference to Africa and China.

Bill Brooks has supervised PhDs on various subjects: Dialogue and Monologue in French Revolutionary Rhetoric and French Development Aid and the Reforms of 1998-2002 were completed in 2004.

Dr Bill Brooks
Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute University of Southampton Southampton Boldrewood Innovation Campus Southampton SO16 7QF
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