Dr Claudia Sternberg

Dr Claudia Sternberg


I joined the University of Leeds in 2004 as Lecturer in Cultural Studies before being promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2012.

I obtained my PhD from the University of Cologne in 1997 and before coming to Leeds held lecturerships and postdoctoral appointments at the University of Cologne (1991-1994), the University of Technology Chemnitz (1994-1999) and the University of Tübingen (1999-2004).

At the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, I was Programme Director for the BA Cultural Studies (2005-2008), Director of Learning and Teaching (2008-2011) and Undergraduate Admissions Tutor (2013-2015).

Research interests

My background is in literary, film and television studies with an emphasis on British and American cultural production in general and multicultural Britain in particular. I mainly work on film and television and address questions of representation, predominantly in the context of (Jewish, Black and Asian) migratory and diasporic experiences. A special focus has been on the intersections of different migrations and diasporas; a comparative and transnational perspective underpinned the work of the international AHRC-funded research network Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe, which I co-coordinated from 2006-2008.

A further research area is the memory culture of the First World War as well as the relationship between war, media and cultural memory in more general terms. Since 2013 I have worked wth colleagues in Leeds on the Legacies of War Centenary project. We collaborate with people and organisations in Leeds, the UK and internationally to explore the legacy of the First World War through research, creative practice and knowledge exchange. More specifically, my project In the Wrong Place at the Wrong Time has looked in a comparative fashion at the experience of civilian internment in both Britain and Germany during WWI.

As a continental European and native German who relocated to the UK in 2004, I also maintain an interest in German language and culture, the constructions of contemporary Germanness and Britishness across Europe and the trajectories of continental Jews who settled in Britain throughout the centuries. I am still interested in although currently not actively researching the screenplay genre and the practice of writing for the screen.

I am a member of the Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage and the Screenwriting Research Network.

 I offer PhD supervision in the following areas:

  • (Popular) representations of the First World War
  • War, media and cultural memory
  • Migration and diaspora in film and television
  • Cultural diversity in Europe
  • Black, Asian and Jewish British culture

I am interested in establishing links with institutions that consider a collaborative PhD in any of the above areas.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • MA Communications (Film, Radio and Television)
  • MA English and American Studies; Film, Television and Theatre Studies; German Literature
  • PhD British and American Language and Literature

Student education

My research interests and activities inform my teaching practice. I teach on cinema, migrant and diasporic film and postcolonialism. Questions of cultural memory and the representation of history also feature in my modules.

In addition to assessing students on the basis of essays and exams, I encourage them to experiment with writing in different genres, digital storytelling, team projects, fieldwork, co-authoring and editing. During the First World War centenary years I taught a project-based module that enabled student to collaborate with partners in the University and beyond.

I believe that research and teaching environments benefit greatly from diversity and internationalisation. I am dedicated to ensuring participation of individuals from many ethnic, national, cultural and linguistic backgrounds. I contribute to widening participation and study abroad initiatives and have also organised and supported exchange visits of young people not yet in higher or further education.

Current postgraduate researchers

<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>We welcome enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>