Stefka Ritchie is currently Honorary Research Fellow at the School of History and Cultures, The University of Birmingham.
After the completion of her MPhil thesis, ‘Samuel Johnson in an Age of Science’ (2002, BCU Birmingham), Stefka continued with a PhD study on Dr Johnson’s interest in social improvement, titled ‘Samuel Johnson: A promoter of social improvement’ (2014, The University of Birmingham).
Pleasures of the Imagination. Samuel Johnson Illustrated (December 2015) is Stefka’s first inter-disciplinary project in which she explored the visual presence of text in seven of Johnson’s allegories. The Reformist Ideas of Samuel Johnson, a book based on her PhD thesis, was published in 2017 by Cambridge Scholars Publishing who are also the publishers of her new book Samuel Johnson’s Pragmatism and Imagination (1 November 2018).
A member of the Johnson Society in Lichfield, Stefka has contributed papers on Dr Johnson to the annual journal of the Society and continues to apply the historical perspective in her post-doctoral research on Johnson and the Midlands.