Monday 13 December 2021

Despite the ever-present shadow of Covid-19, academics at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study (SAS) have continued to demonstrate excellence in research, teaching and administration. And this month, four distinguished scholars saw their endeavours recognised with new promotions.

Their contributions to SAS and beyond cross a range of topics and fields, from digital humanities to data protection and state surveillance, through to German culture and literature, human rights and legislation governing money laundering and the proceeds of crime.


Dr Godela Weiss-Sussex, reader in German studies at the Institute of Modern Languages Research (IMLR), becomes professor of modern German literature. Her research focuses on the culture and literature of the 20th and 21st centuries particularly women’s writing, the works of German-Jewish writers produced in Germany and in exile, multi- and translingualism, and the concepts of 'Heimat' (German for homeland) and belonging.

Her recent co-edited special issue of Modern Languages OpenRethinking Minor Literatures – Contemporary Jewish Womens’ Writing in Germany and Austria, examines four writers, Barbara Honigmann, Eva Menasse, Katja Petrowskaja and Sasha Marianna Salzmann, who come from different cultural, generational and linguistic backgrounds, but all centre on questions of Jewish identity and writing in their respective oeuvres. 

Professor Weiss-Sussex was acting director of the IMLR for a year from January 2020. She is co-director of the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women’s Writing at SAS.


Dr Colin King, reader in law and director of postgraduate research studies at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS), is now a professor. A founding director of IALS’ Centre for Financial Law, Regulation & Compliance, his primary focus is on proceeds of crime and anti-money laundering law and practice, corporate crime, and the use of deferred prosecution agreements.

He has published widely in these areas, including Negotiated Justice and Corporate Crime: The Legitimacy of Civil Recovery and Deferred Prosecution Agreements and The Handbook of Criminal and Terrorism Financing Law.

Professor King is currently examining non-conviction-based confiscation assets, which will be published as a book in 2022.


Dr Nóra Ní Loideáin becomes a senior lecturer in law at IALS where she is also director of the Information Law and Policy Centre. Her expertise lies in governance, human rights, and technology, particularly in the fields of digital privacy, data protection, and state surveillance. Her monograph EU Data Privacy Law and Serious Crime is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.

In 2019 she was appointed to the UK Home Office Biometrics and Forensics Ethics Group which provides independent advice to the Home Office ensuring that the evidence underpinning its biometrics and forensics policy development is robust. She is also a member of the board of trustees for the British and Irish Legal Information Institute and an editor of the leading journal, International Data Privacy Law (Oxford University Press).

Dr Ní Loideáin, whose work has been published in leading peer-review law journals, also holds academic posts at the University of Johannesburg's Faculty of Humanities, University of Cambridge’s Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law and its Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence. 

Prior to her academic career she was a legal and policy officer for the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions of Ireland and clerked for the Irish Supreme Court. Her work has been cited and published by various leading institutions including the BBC, ScienceThe Guardian, the House of Lords and the United Nations.


Dr Christopher Ohge, lecturer in digital approaches to literature at the Institute of English Studies (IES) and Digital Humanities Research Hub, has been appointed a senior lecturer.

His focus is on textual scholarship, computation and using creative and critical methods to enhance our engagement with texts. He also experiments with various digital methods to facilitate better access to, and knowledge of, cultural heritage such as network analysis, graph databases and technologies, and digital curation. His recent book, Publishing Scholarly Editions: Archives, Computing, and Experience, suggests new intellectual tools for publishing digital editions that bring readers closer to the experimental practices of literature, editing and reading.

He also serves as associate director of the Herman Melville Electronic Library, an associate editor for Melville's Marginalia Online, and as a core faculty member for the Institute for the Editing of Historical Documents, sponsored by the US National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Before coming to London in 2017, Dr Ohge was an associate editor at the Mark Twain Papers & Project at the University of California, Berkeley, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Boston University and the University of Maine.