Lisa Downing is Professor of French Discourses of Sexuality at the University of Birmingham. Her most recent work has been on cultural figures who embody what she has termed ‘identity category violations’ – including female murderers, female extremists, far-right women, and the ‘selfish women’ of her most recent book. She is a determinedly interdisciplinary critical humanities scholar who works especially closely with colleagues in psychiatry and cognate fields, engaging in training, collaboration, and publications with individuals and teams. She also works with creative practitioners, including a series of events and exhibitions with artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos. She is an exponent of freedom of speech and a critic of no-platforming.