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Reader in Humanities, University of Leeds

I am author of Second Skins: The Body Narratives of Transsexuality (1998), considered a definitive work of transsexual and transgender studies. I have published two books on photography: one on mourning, Light in the Dark Room: Photography and Loss (2004); and the other on atrocity, in collaboration with Amnesty, Picturing Atrocity: Photography in Crisis (2012). I have led major international research projects resulting in journal special issues, including on transcultural memories of the former Ottoman Empire. My current research interests tend toward memoir and Jewish Studies. My book in progress, The Camphorwood Chest: A Legacy of Loving Strangers, was winner of the 2020 Hazel Rowley Prize and shortlisted for the 2019 Tony Lothian Prize, both for the best unpublished biography


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    Reader in Humanities, University of Leeds


    City University of New York Graduate School , PhD English