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Professor Robert Vilain


Robert Vilain studied German and French at the Universities of Oxford and Bonn and completed a DPhil in comparative literature in Oxford in 1994. After a year lecturing at the University of Manchester, and 18 years at Royal Holloway, University of London, he joined the University of Bristol in 2010. He was Head of the School of Modern Languages from August 2012 to July 2015 and Warden of Wills Hall from August 2015 to August 2018.

From October 2003 to September 2006, Professor Vilain was the holder of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship. In 2004 he also held a Fellowship at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris, and in 2011 a Fellowship to study at Princeton University Library in the Rare Books and Graphic Arts Divisions. Professor Vilain is also Lecturer in German at Christ Church, Oxford, where he is responsible for the College's undergraduate German teaching.

From 2014 to 2017 Professor Vilain was co-investigator with Prof Andrew Webber (Cambridge, PI) and Dr Judith Beniston (UCL, Co-I) on a major AHRC-funded project to complete a section of a digital critical edition of the middle-period works of the Austrian dramatist and novelist Arthur Schnitzler.