Academic staff

Our research in the Department of English Literature spans the full range of the subject, from Anglo-Saxon and Middle English to the Contemporary and the Post-Colonial.

To enhance individual research and foster collaboration, we organise our work across five broad periods, with many colleagues contributing to the work of several of these groups. Each group has its own particular interests and specialisms within its period. 

Full list of Academic Staff in English Literature

Dr Hugh Adlington

Senior Lecturer

My research interests are primarily in the area of early modern literature (1500-1800), particularly religious poetry and prose, the works of John Donne, John Milton and Thomas Browne, the history of the book, and textual editing. Selected works-in-progress include a monograph on John Donne's library and reading, and a scholarly edition of John Donne's sermons. I enjoy teaching widely across our ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5672
Email
h.c.adlington@bham.ac.uk

Dr Maureen Bell

Honorary Reader in English Literature

Now retired from the University, I continue to contribute to the University’s research profile as Director of the British Book Trade Index and through my continuing research and publications.

Email
m.bell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Hannah Boast

Dr Hannah Boast

Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature

I teach and research contemporary and postcolonial literature. I am particularly interested in literary and cultural engagements with water, environment and resource politics. My research focuses on Israel, Palestine and the Arab world.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4220
Email
h.boast@bham.ac.uk

Dr Angus Connell Brown

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

My research explores the history of reading in the long twentieth century. I am primarily interested in the intersections between critical, material, and literary culture.

Email
a.c.brown@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emily Buffey

Teaching Associate

I teach across all periods of English Literature, from the medieval to the modern, although my main area of interest is in the period 1500-1625. My research focuses on lesser-known writers and their works, and on the use, application and adaptation of the conventionally ‘medieval’ dream vision in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century.

Email
e.buffey@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jennie Challinor

Dr Jennie Challinor

Teaching Associate

My research and teaching focuses on the early modern period. I recently completed my PhD and will be teaching on a range of undergraduate courses this year.

Email
j.r.challinor@bham.ac.uk

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

I research eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English literature, especially letter-writing and literary celebrity, the novel, and the links between material forms and textual meanings.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8697
Email
l.curran@bham.ac.uk

Dr Zara Dinnen

Dr Zara Dinnen

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

I joined Birmingham in September 2013 and teach modern and contemporary literature and culture. My research interests are in contemporary literature, film, art in relation to digital culture, and new media.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5657
Email
z.dinnen@bham.ac.uk

Miss Eleanor Dobson

Miss Eleanor Dobson

Teaching Associate

I work on literature and culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, specifically focusing on representations of Egypt and Egyptology across this period. I am interested in materiality, book history, and literature and science more broadly.

 

Email
exd925@bham.ac.uk

Professor Steve Ellis

Professor Steve Ellis

Professor of English Literature

I have published many volumes of literary criticism on a wide range of authors, including Dante, Chaucer, T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf, plus three collections of poetry and a verse translation of Dante’s Inferno, as part of an ongoing translation of the complete Divine Comedy. My latest monograph is British Writers and the Approach of World War II (Cambridge University ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5689
Email
s.p.ellis@bham.ac.uk

Dr John Fagg

Lecturer
Director of American and Canadian Studies Centre

I took my BA in English and Philosophy at the University of Leeds, and my MA and PhD in American Studies at the University of Nottingham, where I then held a Leverhulme Postdoctoral Research Fellowship followed by a Lectureship in American Literature.

My research focuses on American literature and visual art in the decades around 1900 and explores the ways in which cultural forms adapted to the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4147812
Email
j.m.fagg@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rex Ferguson

Dr Rex Ferguson

Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2011 as a lecturer in Modern Literature, having previously taught and studied at the Universities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. My research focuses on the intersection between literature, law and philosophy from the early twentieth century onwards.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4996
Email
r.ferguson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Victoria Flood

Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
Leverhulme Early Career Fellow (2016-17)

I am a lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, currently in the final year of a Leverhulme Early Career fellowship, investigating the transmission of fairy narratives across borders in medieval and early modern Britain. My work focuses on the relationship between text, territory, and regional and national political identities.

Email
v.flood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Claude Fretz

Teaching Associate

I’m a Teaching Associate in English Literature in EDACS. My main teaching and research interests lie in early modern literature, particularly Shakespeare and drama.

Email
c.fretz@bham.ac.uk

Dr Danielle Fuller

Dr Danielle Fuller

Reader in Canadian Studies and Cultures of Reading

My main research areas are: contemporary Canadian writing, particularly Atlantic Canadian literary culture; the politics of cultural production in Canada, and reading communities in present-day North America and the UK. I am also committed to interdisciplinary research methods that combine empirical and textual strategies.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6611
Email
d.fuller@bham.ac.uk

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor of Twentieth Century Literature
Head of School of English, Drama and American & Canadian Studies

I have been teaching at the University of Birmingham since 1993. Prior to that I worked for three years at the University of East Anglia. I did my doctoral work in Canada at McGill University, where I held a Commonwealth Scholarship for five years and wrote a PhD on post-1945 British fiction. I took a BA in English (in the School of Cultural and Community Studies) at Sussex University, where I ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5693
Email
a.b.p.gasiorek@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Geary

Dr Matthew Geary

Teaching Associate

I teach across periods and genres of literature with specialism in Twentieth-Century literature (esp. Modernism), psychoanalysis (across all schools), and critical theory.

Email
gearymky@bham.ac.uk

Dr David Griffith

Dr David Griffith

Senior Lecturer in English Medieval Studies

My primary area of research is the later medieval period into the early sixteenth century.  I work on medieval epigraphy, vernacularity, memorialisation, antiquarianism, and relations between textual and visual cultures, with a particular focus upon in the parish church.  I also have interests in writings of and about the First World War, especially prose writers of the 1910s and 20s ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3251
Email
d.m.griffith@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matt Hayler

Dr Matt Hayler

Lecturer in Post-1945 Literature

I’m a lecturer in post-1945 Literature in the Department of English Literature. My research interests focus on e-reading, materially experimental writing, digital humanities, critical theory, technology, and embodiment. I’m particularly interested in how the materiality of our artefacts impacts upon our culture, daily practice, and cognition. My most recent research has been into the ...

Telephone
(+44) 7875426196
Email
m.s.hayler@bham.ac.uk

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Birmingham Fellow

I work on British and American literature of the long nineteenth century, with a special focus on the late writings of Henry James. I am interested in the place of style in literary non-fiction, the practice of editing, and the relations between personal correspondence and other types of life-writing (autobiography, biography, and memoir). I teach widely across eighteenth-, nineteenth- and ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5584
Email
o.herford@bham.ac.uk

Professor John Holmes

Professor John Holmes

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture

I joined the department in 2015 as Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture. My research focuses on the relationship between scientific ideas and cultural forms in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including poetry, architecture and the visual arts. More widely, I work on and teach a wide range of nineteenth-century literature, with interests in poetry and poetic form, especially the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5989
Email
j.holmes.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Holly James-Maddocks

Dr Holly James-Maddocks

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

I am a book historian with a special interest in the illuminated manuscripts of works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hoccleve, John Gower and John Lydgate. I analyse the production and dissemination of major Middle English poetic texts in order to better understand their place within the rich variety of late medieval and early Tudor textual culture.

Email
h.james-maddocks@bham.ac.uk

Dr Toria Johnson

Dr Toria Johnson

Teaching Fellow in Early Modern Literature and Romanticism

I teach across the late medieval, early modern, Restoration and Romantic periods. My specific research interests are in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and the history of emotions.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8689
Email
t.johnson@bham.ac.uk

Dr Tom Lockwood

Dr Tom Lockwood

Reader in English Literature
Director of Education, College of Arts and Law

My teaching and my research interests move across the early modern and into the Romantic periods, with a particular focus on the way in which later writers respond to, adapt and receive earlier writers. My current projects include research on Charles Lamb's reading of early modern drama for a new OUP edition of his Complete Works, responses to Ben Jonson in the Restoration and Romantic periods, ...

Telephone
0121 414 5679
Email
t.e.lockwood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Deborah Longworth

Senior Lecturer
Head of English Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 1998, having received my Ph.D. from Birkbeck College, University of London, with a thesis on women, the city and the concept of the flâneusein nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American literature. Previously I studied at the University of Reading, where I took a BA in English Literature & Philosophy, and the MA Literature and the ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 7248
Email
d.l.longworth@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Macmillan

Dr Sarah Macmillan

Teaching Fellow in Medieval Literature

My research interests are in the religious literature and culture of late-medieval England and deal in particular with issues of gender and identity. I also teach widely in medieval and early modern literature.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4028
Email
s.m.macmillan@bham.ac.uk

Dr Anne McDermott

Reader in English Literature

I teach across all periods of literature, especially the early modern period and eighteenth century. As a researcher, I work on language and lexicography in the eighteenth century, particularly Johnson’s Dictionary. I also work on eighteenth-century women’s writing and offer a final-year option on this. I am currently working on Pope’s Rape of the Lock.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3936

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture

My scholarship focuses on Victorian literature and culture broadly defined, and I’m especially intrigued by the study and depiction of the creative process, the self/other relationship, and the textual/visual interface; these interests also drive my work in textual editing. I teach across the long nineteenth century.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 2635
Email
r.n.mitchell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

I’m a Senior Lecturer in English Literature in EDACS. I teach modules across a range of periods; and my main research interests are literature and painting in the Eighteenth Century and the Romantic Period, and utopian writing.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 4943
Email
j.h.s.mitchell@bham.ac.uk

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

I lecture and research on 19th and 20th century British and American literature and visual culture. I am the director of the Centre for the Study of Cultural Modernity, and I am also the Admissions Tutor for English Literature.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5660
Email
d.t.moore@bham.ac.uk

Dr Chris Mourant

Dr Chris Mourant

Teaching Fellow in Twentieth-Century English Literature

I teach and research nineteenth and twentieth-century literature, with particular focus on modernism and women’s writing. Prior to joining the University of Birmingham in 2016, I worked as a Lecturer in English at Nottingham Trent University and completed my PhD at King’s College London.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 415 8682
Email
c.mourant@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jimmy Packham

Dr Jimmy Packham

Teaching Fellow

My teaching is primarily in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature. My research interests are in nineteenth-century American literature, with a particular focus on representations of the failure of language and on the literature of the sea.

Email
j.packham@bham.ac.uk

Dr Asha Rogers

Dr Asha Rogers

Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature

I arrived at Birmingham in 2016 and teach postcolonial literatures in English. I have research interests in postcolonial studies, the modern state and its interfaces with literary culture, the Cold War and decolonisation, the study of cultural institutions, and book history/print culture studies.

Email
a.rogers.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Lecturer

I’m a Lecturer in English Literature, and I teach across all periods of literature, especially the early modern period and eighteenth century. As a researcher, I’m interested the way Shakespeare is quoted and valued in literature and culture, from his own lifetime to the twenty-first century.  

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8054
Email
k.l.rumbold@bham.ac.uk

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Chair in English Literature

My main enthusiasm is for eighteenth-century poetry and satire, particularly the work of Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, and I have a special interest in textual editing, having produced, over the last few years, editions of Pope’s Dunciad and of hoaxes and parodies by Swift. I also enjoy teaching a wide range of English literature in a variety of our undergraduate and postgraduate ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5692
Email
v.rumbold@bham.ac.uk

Dr Charlotta Salmi

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow

My main research interests are in contemporary postcolonial and world literature and theory. I work on a range of literary forms, from human rights narratives to graphic journalism, from South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6569
Email
c.salmi@bham.ac.uk

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

I am a specialist in medieval English language and literature with strong manuscripts, archival, and interdisciplinary experience. My work addresses questions that trouble the conventional boundaries between literary and other discourses, and is informed by the belief that medieval textual research can contribute to cultural history and enrich theory and practice in English studies.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6207
Email
w.l.scase@bham.ac.uk

Dr Philippa Semper

Lecturer in English

My work centres on Old English language and literature and the interaction between text and image in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts; I also write about and teach modern fantasy literature and its relationships with medieval texts.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5684
Email
p.semper@bham.ac.uk

Dr Will Sharpe

Dr Will Sharpe

Teaching Fellow

My teaching and research interests focus on the early modern period, and Shakespeare in particular, chiefly, in my research, on the textual editing and collaborative authorship of Shakespeare’s plays.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 8054
Email
w.sharpe@bham.ac.uk

Dr Simon Smith

Dr Simon Smith

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

I research and teach early modern literature and culture, particularly drama, playgoing and Shakespeare. I recently completed a monograph exploring Musical Response in the Early Modern Playhouse, 1603-1625 (Cambridge, forthcoming 2017), and co-edited The Senses in Early Modern England, 1558-1660(Manchester, 2015). My current research examines ‘Playgoing, Pleasure and Judgement in Early ...

Email
s.c.smith@bham.ac.uk

Dr Rachel Sykes

Dr Rachel Sykes

Lecturer in Contemporary American Literature

I joined the University of Birmingham in 2016 as a lecturer in Contemporary American Literature. My research focuses on the American novel, quietness, memoir, gender, and digital cultures. I am currently writing a cultural and literary history of quiet in the American tradition.

Telephone
+44 (0)1214 158612
Email
r.sykes@bham.ac.uk

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

I’m interested in the relationship between literature and science, especially as it is figured in popular culture from the nineteenth-century to the present. My current work is on the social history of dinosaurs over this period.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 3219
Email
w.j.tattersdill@bham.ac.uk

Dr Joseph Wallace

Dr Joseph Wallace

Birmingham Fellow

I work on the literature and culture of sixteenth and seventeenth century England. My critical interests include the reception of classical culture, early modern religious conflict, the history of ideas, and early modern political theory.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5699
Email
j.wallace@bham.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Ward

Dr Matthew Ward

Teaching Fellow in English Literature

I work on British Romanticism, and the literature and intellectual history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I am interested in poetics (particularly sounds in verse), periodization, literary inheritance, theories of humour, the history of emotions, and the environment.  I teach widely across eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Email
m.ward.1@bham.ac.uk

Dr Emily Wingfield

Lecturer

I’m a Lecturer in English Literature. I teach pre-1800 literature, with a particular focus on the Medieval and Renaissance periods. As a researcher, I work on medieval Scottish literature. I am particularly interested in romance, manuscript study, and book history.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 4144028
Email
e.l.wingfield@bham.ac.uk

Dr Sara K Wood

Lecturer in American Literature and Culture

I am a lecturer in American Literature and Culture. My research focuses on twentieth-century African American literature and visual art, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between political and aesthetic ideas of freedom.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5681
Email
s.k.wood@bham.ac.uk

Dr Gillian Wright

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

I am a senior lecturer in English Literature. My research and teaching focus on literature from the early modern period, and in particular on poetry, women’s writing, and book history and editing.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 5671
Email
g.wright@bham.ac.uk

Dr Jarad Zimbler

Lecturer in Modern English Literature

I am a Lecturer in Modern English literature. I teach across the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, with a focus on colonial and postcolonial literatures and an interest in critical theory, linguistics and narratology.

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6206
Email
j.j.zimbler@bham.ac.uk