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Introducing Queen Mary’s new Humanities and Social Science lecturers (part two)

Queen Mary’s Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences has invested in several new strategic lectureships. Over the next few weeks we will be featuring each of our new recruits and showcasing their research.

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Queen Mary’s new Humanities and Social Science lecturers
Queen Mary’s new Humanities and Social Science lecturers

Queen Mary University of London is a member of the Russell Group of leading UK universities, in acknowledgement of its distinctive excellence in research and teaching.

Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen Mary

The Humanities and Social Sciences have been vital to establishing Queen Mary’s global reputation and the Faculty Schools regularly appear in subject rakings on the top 50 universities in the world.

Our Centres and Institutes drive Queen Mary’s local, national and global reputation, such as the Centre for the Studies of the Home, the Mile End Institute and the Centre for Commercial Law Studies.

In part two of our new feature series, we will introduce three more  of our academics  that will be joining us in September 2019. You can read the previous week’s story here.

Dr Leila Ullrich, British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow & Lecturer in Law

Dr Leila Ullrich
Dr Leila Ullrich


Dr Leila Ullrich is a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Criminology, Faculty of Law, at the University of Oxford. Her studies focused on the sociology of international relations, international law and criminology. Prior to completing her doctoral thesis, she worked as a social stability analyst and coordinator for United Nations Development Programme in Lebanon. 

Her teaching interests include international criminal justice, restorative justice, security and terrorism studies, gender studies and victimology, with particular focus on marginalised groups such as refugees and communities identified as at risk of radicalisation. 

Dr Ullrich said: "I am very excited to join Queen Mary and be part of a scholarly community that promotes interdisciplinary, collaborative and daring research close to societal questions and problems of our time."

Dr Rachel Humphris, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow & Lecturer in Politics and Sociology

Dr Rachel Humphris
Dr Rachel Humphris


Dr Rachel Humphris was a Lecturer at the University of Birmingham prior to joining Queen Mary. Her anthropologist DPhil research won the Green Templeton Human Welfare Prize at the University of Oxford. She has worked for numerous international agencies such as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the World Health Organisation. Her work interests in exploring and teaching the intersection of migration, globalisation and urbanisation to understand social inequalities. 

Dr Humphris said: "Queen Mary has research centres that address all of my main research areas: migration, home and cities so it seemed like the perfect home for me. I also love the Jewish cemetery in the centre of the campus. It's so unusual and creates the feeling the university is really anchored in the city." 

Dr Hedi Viterbo, AHRC Leadership Fellow & Lecturer in Law 

Dr Hedi Viterbo
Dr Hedi Viterbo


Dr Hedi Viterbo was based at the University of Essex as a Lecturer in Law. He carried out a three-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. He was a visiting scholar at Harvard Law School and a visiting researcher at Columbia University. His studies focus on legal issues concerning state violence, childhood, and sexuality. 

Hedi’s teaching and research interests include the construction of childhood through legal and human rights discourses, the past and present removal of indigenous and ethnic minority children, as well as the law’s role in shaping, legitimising, and responding to state control. 

Dr Viterbo said: "Queen Mary stands out for its passionate commitment to cross-disciplinary collaboration, as well as its excellent, globally-oriented research environment. I eagerly look forward to contributing to the development and intellectual life of the University, both within the Law School and across the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences."

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