Dr Fariha Shaikh

Dr Fariha Shaikh

Department of English Literature
Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature

Contact details

Department of English Literature
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

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 centuries.


  • PhD, King’s College London
  • MA, King’s College London
  • BA (Hons), Queen Mary, University of London


I joined the Department of English in 2017, having completed a two-year Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College Dublin. I have a PhD and MA from King’s College London, and a BA from Queen Mary, University of London. 


This year, I am teaching on Decadence and the Fin de Siecle, Prose and on the nineteenth-century MA. 


My book, Nineteenth-Century Settler Emigration in British Literature and Art is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2018. This monograph explores the relationships between text and mobility in the context of nineteenth-century settler emigration. I am in the early stages of a new project on literature and the nineteenth-century opium wars.