Dr Rosie Graham BA (Hons), MA, PhD (Exon), AFHEA

Dr Rosie Graham

Department of English Literature
Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and the Digital

My research and teaching explore contemporary digital culture by placing certain programs, platforms or services within a wider cultural and philosophical context. In particular, my current work draws on critical theory in order to address search engines as convergences of language, programming, and culture on a global scale. 


  • PhD English Studies (University of Exeter)
  • MA English Studies with specialist pathway in Criticism and Theory (University of Exeter)
  • BA (Hons) English Studies (University of Exeter)


I joined the University of Birmingham’s English Department in 2018. Prior to this, I completed my PhD at the University of Exeter, where I also taught various modules in critical theory. During my doctoral studies, I twice sailed as a faculty member on the Semester at Sea study abroad programme, sponsored by the University of Virginia. During these voyages, I circumnavigated the globe teaching courses in Travel Writing while visiting 24 countries and leading field classes in Ghana, Japan, Mauritius, India, Poland and Barbados. These experiences have given me a passion for travel and directed my academic work towards global focus.


I convene and teach modules in digital culture at every level of undergraduate study. In 2018/2019, I am teaching the following:

  • Discovering Digital Cultures (1st year, Convenor)
  • Digital Futures (2nd year, Convenor)
  • The End of Life As We Know It: The Implications of Digital Technology (3rd year, Co-convenor)

Postgraduate supervision

I would be very happy to hear from prospective students working in the following areas: digital culture, critical theory, contemporary literature, new media and software studies, literary theory, digital humanities, and videogame studies.

Find out more - our PhD English Literature  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My research explores the intersection of technology, language and culture in contemporary media forms within a global context. I am currently working on my first monograph, which explores historical and philosophical ways to engage with Google’s search engine. The project draws from a range of disciplines, for example Information Retrieval, Computer Science, Law, and New Media, and places the current discourse regarding search engines within a wider cultural and philosophical context. In doing so, I frame contemporary issues within digital culture as part of longer history of technological engagement: by looking to Plato, medieval mnemonic techniques, twentieth-century science of cognition and building on contemporary critical theory my research demonstrates that many of the current issues surrounding search engines are not new, while highlighting some of the aspects that make Google’s impact unique.

More broadly, my research aims to develop frameworks for attending to algorithmic cultures that facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration and shared research methods.

Other activities

I have been involved with several digital projects outside of academia. Between 2013-15 I was employed as the Head of Digital Archiving for Tuckers Hall (Heritage Lottery Funded Project), in which I built and managed a database of textual documents, particularly Minute Books, relating to Exeter’s cloth trade from the 15th Century to the present. During 2014-2017 I worked as a digital consultant for UPID, a technology start-up based in Silicon Valley designing programs for measuring online trustworthiness using Natural Language Processing and Social-Context Networks.

In addition, from 2016 I have worked as a Research Assistant for The COVE: The Central Online Victorian Educator. My work has included providing HTML and CSS markup to 19th Century texts, including Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s sonnets and Thomas Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus.