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Durham University

About Durham University

Professor Janet Stewart, Executive Dean (Arts and Humanities)


As Executive Dean (Arts & Humanities), Janet will be responsible for the strategic development and financial performance of the Faculty of Arts & Humanities. She will be a key academic leader, supporting and enhancing research and teaching performance within her Faculty. As an integral member of the University Executive, she will also play an important ambassadorial role for her Faculty and the University as a whole.

Professional background and expertise

Janet joined Durham in 2014 from the University of Aberdeen as Professor of German and Visual Culture in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (MLAC).

She was the founding Director of the Centre for Visual Arts and Culture and part of the team that successfully bid to establish a Leverhulme Doctoral Training Centre for Visual Culture in Durham. She also served as Head of School from 2015 to 2018.

Janet’s research interests lie in visual culture, the energy humanities and Austrian and German cultural history.

Education and qualifications

Janet holds an MA and PhD in German and Sociology from the University of Glasgow.