Tom Davis CV



I was born in 1945. I studied at Oxford (BA, BLitt.) 63-69. Research Assistant and Visiting Fellow at Yale, 69-71. Lecturer and Research Fellow, Swansea, 71-73. Lecturer, English Department, Birmingham University, 1973-now.

I teach. Mainly Bibliography: the study of printed and handwritten and electronic documents as communication devices. I teach students how to design and make these documents (printing of various kinds, web pages), how they work, and what they do to us and for us. Also how to detect forged handwriting. Also some literature and psychoanalytic theory. I am developing the integration of the Internet into my teaching: here are my current/recent teaching Web pages. I am proposing to run a postgraduate MPhil course: Literature and the Internet.

I am a consultant forensic handwriting expert (since 1974). I have examined many hundreds of cases, and given evidence in Court many times. I have supervised and conducted much research into forensic handwriting analysis; there is a current research project in progress, on forgery.

I was one of the team of experts who cast doubt on disputed confessions allegedly made to the West Midlands Serious Crime Squad, leading to the disbanding of the Squad and many succesful appeals against sentence, including that of the Birmingham Six. Multiple TV appearances, numbers of press cuttings.

I am currently part of a research team investigating the application of forensic handwriting techniques to scribal identification in cuneiform writing. The project's web pages are here.

I put together, and run, a hand printing press, and have worked an offset litho-press; I have printed and/or designed books, web pages, pamphlets, cards, magazines. For instance...

Administration: I wrote (in 1985) and run a complex suite of computer programs that organises the teaching of the English Department (600 students).

I publish books and articles and reviews and so on, and give papers and lectures and talks: on handwriting, textual editing, printing, forensic science, computers, psychoanalysis, and other things.

Everything listed under Work. And Buddhism, Taoism, poetry, photography.