Dr Luke Devine


Senior Lecturer in Politics

History, Politics and Sociology

Contact Details

email: l.devine@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542763

Luke is Course Leader and Admissions Tutor for Politics and also teaches in Sociology, having in the past frequently taught in History. Luke enjoys working in partnership with students to create exciting, dynamic and interactive learning and teaching environments.


  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (2014).
  • PhD in Jewish Studies, University of Gloucestershire (2010).
  • MRes in Jewish History and Culture, University of Southampton (2007).
  • First Class BA Hons History with Sociology, University of Gloucestershire (2005).

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

Luke's teaching is based on a keen interest in contemporary politics, classical/historical political philosophies, race/ethnicity, gender, anti-Semitism, Shoah, and post-structural and postmodernist perspectives.

Luke is committed to student-led teaching, developing diverse learning, teaching and assessment strategies, and to continued professional development. In 2014 and 2015 Luke won the University of Worcester Student Led Teaching Awards Outstanding University Teacher award, and was nominated again in 2016. Luke is also a passionate advocate of the University's Module Resource Lists.

Research Interests

Luke's research is multi-disciplinary and draws on historical, sociological, literary and theological perspectives in analysing fin-de-siècle Anglo-Jewish literature (specifically themes of degeneration and social Darwinism), anti-Semitism, historical/traditional Jewish texts (in particular the Zohar), and gender in Judaism, its historical/contemporary communities, and theologies (including Shoah and post-Shoah theologies).

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Member of Jewish Historical Society

Member of British Association of Victorian Studies


Selected publications (Luke has also published other articles, reviews, and 3 books):

Kedushah in Anglo-Liberal Judaism: Lily Montagus Employment of the Holy in the Everyday. Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 13, no. 2 (2017): 1-27.

I Sleep, but my Heart Waketh: Contiguity between Heinrich Heines Imago of the Shulamite and Amy Levys Borderland. Association for Jewish Studies Review (Cambridge Journals) 40, no. 2 (Nov. 2016): 219-40.

Shekhinah as Shield to Israel: Refiguring the Role of Divine Presence in Jewish Tradition and the Shoah. Feminist Theology (Sage) 25, no. 1 (2016): 62-88.

How Shekhinah became the God(dess) of Jewish Feminism. Feminist Theology (Sage) 23, no. 1 (Sept., 2014): 71-91.

Exile and Redemption: Amy Levys Association with Yehuda Halevi and the Transmission of the Sephardic Tradition of Hebrew Poetry. Literature and Theology (Oxford Journals) 26, no. 2 (Jun. 2012): 125-43.

The Ghetto at Florence: Reading Jewish Identity in Amy Levys Early Poetry, 1880-1886. Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History (Indiana University Press/Project Muse) 31, no. 1-2 (Winter/Spring 2011): 1-30.

Reading Jewish Identity, Spiritual Alienation, and Reform Judaism through the Veil of Abstract Self-Hatred, Racial Degeneration, and Anti-Semitism in Julia Frankaus Dr. Phillips: A Maida Vale Idyll. Women in Judaism: A Multidisciplinary Journal (University of Toronto) 8, no. 1 (2011): 1-20.