Professor Kate Marsh BA (Hons) (Oxon), PhD

Professor of French Studies Languages, Cultures and Film

    Professor Kate Marsh, a highly respected and much-liked friend, colleague, and tutor, died in April 2019 following a short illness. Kate made an enormous contribution to many different areas of activity within Modern Languages & Cultures, more widely across the School, Faculty, and University, and – as an outstanding scholar – to the range of disciplines with which she engaged in her research. She will be greatly missed by many cohorts of students, friends, and colleagues in Liverpool and beyond.


    French colonial history (1715–1962)

    My primary research area is French colonial history (1715–1962) and the postcolonial cultural legacies of empire in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries (including Francophone postcolonial literatures). Working extensively on cultural representations of empire in a comparative European context (from the eighteenth to the twentieth century), I also specialize in French regionalism in the twentieth century and comparative historiographies.

    French regionalism in the twentieth century

    The writings of Voltaire

    Research Grants

    Policing French Colonial Metropolises, 1918‒62


    August 2018 - January 2019

    Peripheral Voices and European Colonialism: Representations of India in French Literature and Culture 1750-1962.


    September 2006 - June 2011

    Representations of India in French texts 1754-1815.


    September 2005 - August 2007