Professor William Leahy
Profesor William Leahy was appointed Vice-Principal (Academic) on 1 April 2014. Previously he was Head of the School of Arts.
William's research specialises in Shakespeare's History Plays and Elizabethan Processions. His particular interest is in the role and representation of the common people in Elizabethan and Shakespearean literature.
As well as being a section editor for the John Nichols Project, he has published widely on both Shakespeare and early modern spectacle, culminating in a book entitled Elizabethan Triumphal Processions, published in May 2005 by Ashgate.
While publishing this and articles based on his research in the early modern period, he is also a translator and a writer of both fiction and poetry.
Bill also writes journalistic articles for the New Statesman and the Times Higher and has appeared on Radio 4. At the 2005 Brunel Graduation Ceremony Bill received the Vice-Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence, after being nominated by students as the tutor they had found particularly inspirational during their time at Brunel.
He is currently supervising PhD students in Shakespeare and Jacobean literature and in the conventions of textual presentation. He is also very interested in projects dealing with Shakespeare and Authorship in some way.
As well as these areas, he would welcome students wishing to study in the areas of the writings and representations of the common people/working classes. This is of particular interest as Bill is currently developing the archive of Working Class Autobiographies held at the University.