Academic staff by research and
supervision areas

Dr Hugh Adlington

Senior Lecturer

Research and supervision areas:

  • Early Modern Literature;
  • Religious Poetry and Prose;
  • Book History;
  • Textual Editing;
  • John Donne;
  • John Milton.

Dr Peter Auger

Dr Peter Auger

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

My research concerns early modern and comparative literature, especially poetry. I study sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature in relation to its Scottish and French counterparts, emphasizing regional and transnational dynamics in literary activities across all three nations. As founder of the Early Modern Boundaries project, I am an advocate for international ...

Dr Sheldon Brammall

Dr Sheldon Brammall

Lecturer in Early Modern Literature

My research interests are in Renaissance English and comparative literature, with focuses on classical reception, translation, epic, and the history of classical scholarship. 

Dr Angus Connell Brown

Dr Angus Connell Brown

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow

Research areas:

  • The History of Criticism
  • 20th Century Literature
  • American Literature
  • Modernism
  • Book History
  • Queer Theory

Dr Megan Cavell

Dr Megan Cavell

Birmingham Fellow

I work on a wide range of topics in medieval studies, from Old and early Middle English and Latin languages and literature to gender, material culture, monstrosity, and animal studies/ecocriticism. My current research project focuses on predators and inter-species conflict in pre- and post-Conquest England.

Dr Rona Cran

Dr Rona Cran

Lecturer in Twentieth-Century American Literature
Co-Director of American and Canadian Studies Centre

Research and supervision areas:

  • Twentieth-Century American Literature
  • Twentieth-Century American Art
  • Transatlantic Studies
  • U.S. Cultural Studies
  • Material Culture
  • Visual Culture

Dr Louise Curran

Dr Louise Curran

Lecturer in Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century English Literature

Research and supervision areas:

  • Samuel Richardson and epistolary fiction
  • Letter-writing and authorial archives
  • Literary fame and celebrity
  • The novel and prose style
  • Life-writing (autobiography, biography, memoir)

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Dr Diletta De Cristofaro

Teaching Fellow in English Literature

I teach and research twenty-first and twentieth-century North American and British fiction. My main research interest is the nexus of narrative and time, with a particular focus on the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel.

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Dr Eleanor Dobson

Lecturer in Nineteenth Century Literature

My current work focuses on the reception of ancient Egypt in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More broadly, I am interested in the materiality and history of the book, as well as notions of the supernatural and the occult, particularly as these ideas operate at the edges of a range of scientific discourses. I teach literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, with particular ...

Professor Steve Ellis

Professor Steve Ellis

Professor of English Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Modernism;
  • Medievalism;
  • Translation;
  • T. S. Eliot;
  • World War II.

Dr John Fagg

Lecturer

Research and supervision areas

  • American Literature;
  • American Art;
  • Realism;
  • Illustration;
  • Visual Culture;
  • Print Culture.

Dr Rex Ferguson

Dr Rex Ferguson

Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Twentieth-Century Fiction;
  • Law and Literature;
  • Continental Philosophy (Phenomenology);
  • Critical Theory;
  • Modernism;
  • Cultural Studies.

Dr Victoria Flood

Lecturer in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Research and supervision areas:

  • Borders in medieval Britain
  • Political prophecy
  • Medieval regionalism and nationalism
  • English literature in medieval Wales and Welsh translation
  • Medieval and early modern fairy narratives

Dr Danielle Fuller

Dr Danielle Fuller

Reader in Canadian Studies and Cultures of Reading
PI, Death Before Birth project (ESRC, 2016-2018)

Research and supervision areas

  • Reading and reception studies;
  • contemporary print culture;
  • contemporary North American literature;
  • Canadian Studies;
  • Canadian cultural studies.

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

Professor Andrzej Gasiorek

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

Research and supervision areas

  • Modernism;
  • 1930s Literature;
  • Twentieth-Century Fiction;
  • Literature and Ethics.

Dr Matthew Geary

Dr Matthew Geary

Teaching Fellow in Twentieth-Century Literature

Research areas:

  • Twentieth-Century Literature (esp. Modernism, masculinities, T. S. Eliot)
  • Feminist Theory; Gender and Sexuality (esp. Julia Kristeva, Luce Irigaray, Jessica Benjamin)
  • Psychoanalysis (across all schools)
  • The Maternal (theories, studies and representations in literature)
  • Critical Theory (esp. Walter Benjamin)
  • Philosophy, Theology and Literature (particularly debates and ...

Dr David Griffith

Dr David Griffith

Senior Lecturer in English Medieval Studies

Research and supervision areas

  • Late medieval literature;
  • Medieval visual culture;
  • Tudor literature;
  • Pre-modern drama;
  • Epigraphy;
  • First World War.

Dr Dave Gunning

Dr Dave Gunning

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Contemporary literature;
  • Anglophone postcolonial studies;
  • Race and ethnicity in British culture;
  • Literary non-fiction.

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Dr Nicholas Hardy

Birmingham Fellow

My primary interests are in sixteenth and seventeenth century literary and intellectual history, especially Renaissance humanism, the reception of classical antiquity, neo-Latin literature, and religious writing. I recently published a monograph about the relationship between classical humanism, biblical criticism and confessional identity in seventeenth-century Europe, and am now preparing a ...

Professor Alexandra Harris

Professor Alexandra Harris

Birmingham Professorial Fellow

I enjoy thinking and writing about British art and literature of all periods, especially in relation to landscape, locality and the presence of the past. I am the author of ‘Romantic Moderns’ and ‘Weatherland: Writers and Artists under English Skies’, and my current projects include work on Virginia Woolf; seasonal ceremony and the marking of time; antiquarianism and local ...

Dr Matt Hayler

Dr Matt Hayler

Lecturer in Post-1945 Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Digital Humanities;
  • Philosophy of Technology and Science and Technology Studies;
  • Phenomenology and Postphenomenology;
  • Critical Theory;
  • Experimental Writing;
  • Cognitive Humanities.

Dr Oliver Herford

Dr Oliver Herford

Birmingham Fellow

Research and supervision areas

  • Nineteenth-century prose;
  • Henry James;
  • Life-writing;
  • Textual revision;
  • Literary editing;
  • Quotation and allusion.

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Dr Andrew Hodgson

Lecturer in Romanticism

Research and supervision areas:

  • English Poetry
  • Romantic-period Writing and its Legacies
  • Individualism
  • Lyric Voice

Professor John Holmes

Professor John Holmes

Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture

Research and supervision areas:

  • Nineteenth-century literature
  • Literature and science
  • Evolution and ecology
  • Literature and the visual arts
  • Poetic form

Professor David James

Professor David James

Professorial Research Fellow

My research and teaching areas span modernist literature and contemporary writing, with a particular focus on the history and theory of the novel. Recently I’ve been working on the political, ethical, and affective work of form in postmillennial fiction and life-writing. I also have ongoing interests in the development of reading methods and in the social efficacy of criticism. 

Dr Tom Lockwood

Dr Tom Lockwood

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

Research and supervision areas

  • Early modern literature;
  • Romantic literature;
  • Reception;
  • Poetry;
  • Drama;
  • Manuscript.

Dr Deborah Longworth

Dr Deborah Longworth

Senior Lecturer
Head of English Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Women Writers;
  • Modernism;
  • The Novel 1880-1940;
  • Literature and Visual Arts 1840-1940;
  • The Nineteenth and Twentieth Century City.

Dr Anne McDermott

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.

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Dr Rebecca N Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture

Research and supervision areas

  • Victorian literature and culture;
  • Textual editing;
  • Affect studies;
  • Literature and the visual arts.

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Dr Sebastian Mitchell

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Eighteenth-century literature and art;
  • Romanticism;
  • Intellectual history;
  • Aesthetics;
  • Utopianism;
  • Scottish literature.

Dr Daniel Moore

Dr Daniel Moore

Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Late nineteenth/Early twentieth century literature
  • Victorian and Modernist Art Writing/Criticism
  • John Ruskin, Walter Pater, Henry James 
  • Modernism
  • Postmodernism

Professor Peter Morey

Professor Peter Morey

Chair in 20th Century English Literature

I work on 20th century, contemporary and postcolonial literary studies, with particular reference to issues of cultural difference, narrative and power. I am the author and/or editor of numerous books,  including Fictions of India: Narrative and Power (2000); Rohinton Mistry (2004); Framing Muslims: Stereotyping and Representation after 9/11 (2011), and Islamophobia and the Novel ...

Dr Jimmy Packham

Dr Jimmy Packham

Lecturer in North American Literature

I work on the representation of voice and the failure of language in nineteenth-century American Gothic literature, and on the literature of the sea and the presentation of subjectivity and oceanic depths in a variety of textual forms: novels, poetry, shipboard diaries, and logbooks. I teach widely across the discipline, primarily nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature.

Dr Elizabeth Parker

Dr Elizabeth Parker

Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Popular Literature

I teach across contemporary and popular literature and popular culture. My main area of research is the ecoGothic and my particular interest is in the forest as an archetypal Gothic space in the Western cultural imagination.

Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran

Dr Vidyan Ravinthiran

Lecturer in North American Literature

Ranging from the Long Eighteenth Century to the present day, I have a strong interest in the formal qualities of both verse and prose, and how they relate to history and thought. My next project is transatlantic and concerns ‘spontaneity and form’ in nineteenth and twentieth-century English and American prose. I am also interested in the Indian poet Arun Kolatkar, and am co-editor of ...

Dr Asha Rogers

Dr Asha Rogers

Lecturer in Contemporary Postcolonial Literature

Research and supervision areas:

  • Anglophone postcolonial writing
  • Literature and the modern state
  • Decolonization and Cold War cultures
  • Literary and cultural institutions
  • Postcolonial/global book history

Dr Kate Rumbold

Dr Kate Rumbold

Senior Lecturer

Research and supervision areas

  • Eighteenth-century Shakespeare;
  • Eighteenth-century fiction;
  • Quotation;
  • Reception;
  • The uses of poetry;
  • Cultural value.

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Professor Valerie Rumbold

Chair in English Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Alexander Pope;
  • Jonathan Swift;
  • Scholarly editing and textual studies;
  • Early eighteenth-century poetry;
  • Early eighteenth-century prose.

Professor Wendy Scase

Professor Wendy Scase

Geoffrey Shepherd Professor of Medieval English Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Medieval English literature and culture;
  • Radical, polemical and satirical writing;
  • Early printed broadsides and pamphlets;
  • Langland;
  • Lollardy;
  • Digital palaeography.

Dr Philippa Semper

Dr Philippa Semper

Lecturer in English

Research and supervision areas

  • Old English literature;
  • Modern fantasy literature;
  • J. R. R. Tolkien;
  • Medievalism;
  • Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

I joined the department in September 2017 as Lecturer of Victorian Literature. My research focusses on the relationships in the nineteenth century between genre, form and globalisation. In particular, I’m interested in the mobility and materiality of literature in the context of nineteenth-century settler colonialism. I work and teach across the breadth of the nineteenth and twentieth ...

Dr Will Sharpe

Dr Will Sharpe

Teaching Fellow in Shakespeare

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.

Dr Will Smith

Dr Will Smith

Visiting Lecturer in Canadian Studies

Research areas:

  • Canadian Studies
  • Canadian cultural studies (including Comics, Film and Television)
  • Contemporary Canadian literature
  • Urban Studies
  • Canadian periodicals

Dr Rachel Sykes

Dr Rachel Sykes

Lecturer in Contemporary American Literature

Research and supervision areas:

  • Contemporary fiction;
  • The twenty-first century American novel;
  • The quiet novel;
  • Contemporary women’s autofiction, memoir, and autobiography;
  • Social media and online information sharing practices;
  • Literary fiction, prize culture, and MFA programmes.

Dr Will Tattersdill

Dr Will Tattersdill

Lecturer in Victorian Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Literature and Science;
  • Popular Fiction;
  • Periodicals;
  • Science Fiction;
  • Genre;
  • Imperialism.

Dr Nathan Waddell

Dr Nathan Waddell

Senior Lecturer in Early Twentieth-Century and Modernist Literature

  • Anglo-American literary modernism, with a focus on Ford Madox Ford and Wyndham Lewis
  • inter-war dystopian writing, in particular the works of Aldous Huxley and George Orwell
  • musico-literary interactions in early twentieth-century modernist fiction, poetry, and criticism

Dr Joseph Wallace

Dr Joseph Wallace

Birmingham Fellow

Research and supervision areas

  • Early Modern Literature;
  • Early Modern Religious Culture;
  • Reception of Classical Antiquity;
  • Epic Literature;
  • History of Ideas;
  • Social Justice.

Dr Matthew Ward

Dr Matthew Ward

Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century Literature

My work focuses on British Romanticism, and the literature and intellectual history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Within these parameters I’m especially interested in William Wordsworth, Lord Byron, and Percy Shelley, poetry and poetics, periodization, literary inheritance, theories of humour, the history of emotions, sounds in literature and modes of listening, and ecology ...

Dr Emma West

Dr Emma West

British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

My research examines the relationship between high modernism and popular culture in early- and mid-twentieth century Britain. My postdoctoral project, Revolutionary Red Tape: How state bureaucracy shaped British modernism examines how public servants and official committees helped to commission, disseminate and popularise British modernist art, design, architecture and literature.

Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Dr Hazel Wilkinson

Birmingham Fellow

I research the literary culture of the long eighteenth century, and my specialisms include eighteenth-century publications of renaissance poetry and drama, digital humanities, and the poetry of Alexander Pope. 

Dr Emily Wingfield

Dr Emily Wingfield

Lecturer

Research and supervision areas

  • Older Scots Literature
  • Romance and Arthurian Literature
  • Women and the Book in the Middle Ages
  • The Trojan Legend/ medieval reception of Classical literature
  • Manuscript Studies and Book History
  • Magic and the Supernatural Chaucer and Chaucer’s Legacy (including Lydgate and Henryson)

Dr Sara K Wood

Lecturer in American Literature and Culture

Research and supervision areas

  • African American Studies;
  • African American visual culture;
  • Post 1945 American art;
  • Post 1945 American Literature;
  • Contemporary Literature.

Dr Gillian Wright

Dr Gillian Wright

Reader in English and Irish Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Aphra Behn;
  • Restoration literature;
  • Early modern women's writing;
  • Book history;
  • Samuel Daniel.

Dr Jarad Zimbler

Lecturer in Modern English Literature

Research and supervision areas

  • Postcolonial Literature;
  • Colonial Literature;
  • World Literature;
  • Cold War;
  • Critical Theory;
  • Poetics.

Dr Emma Zimmerman

Dr Emma Zimmerman

Teaching Fellow in Twentieth Century and Contemporary Literature

I teach and research twentieth-century and contemporary literature. I have longstanding interests in literary representations of space and place, with particular emphasis on the connections between the built environment and modernist literary forms. My current research project is concerned with the literary and cultural history of bathroom and toilet spaces from the late nineteenth century to the ...