Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowships are reserved for non-affiliated early stage researchers who are within five years of the award of their doctorate. They can be held for a period up to a year and are normally non-renewable. The Institute will provide the use of shared office space, access to Senate House Library, an email account, free attendance at Institute events, and access to a fund for travel/research expenses (currently up to £200 pa, subject to affordability and demand). Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellowships are intended to provide early stage researchers with a base from which to complete research, and apply for grants and academic posts, while participating in activities within the Institute. Appointees will be welcome, but not required, to initiate activities such as seminars, workshops or conferences of their own.

Current Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Bárbara Gallego Larrarte

October 2020 - March 2022

Bárbara Gallego Larrarte specialises in interwar literary studies. In 2019 she completed a D.Phil at Wolfson College, Oxford, on intergenerational dynamics in the 1930s, focusing on T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, E. M. Forster and their networks. She is currently writing a book based on her thesis which aims to reinstate the impact of younger voices in intellectual history. During her time at the Institute of English Studies, Bárbara will be finishing this manuscript whilst researching her next project on the intersection between pacifism, politics and literature in the years leading up to the Second World War.

Natasha Periyan

October 2020 - March 2022

Natasha Periyan has previously held positions at Royal Holloway, Falmouth University, Goldsmiths, the New College of the Humanities and the University of Kent. Her book, The Politics of 1930s British Literature: Education, Class, Gender (Bloomsbury), won the 2018 International Standing Conference for the History of Education First Book Award. She has published articles on Virginia Woolf and D.H. Lawrence in Textual Practice, Literature & History and Modernist Cultures, and book chapters on a range of modernist-era writers including George Orwell, Naomi Mitchison and Vera Brittain. She is currently editing a special issue of Women: A Cultural Review on the politics of interwar women’s writing with Clara Jones. While at the Institute of English Studies, she is looking forward to researching her next project on the concept of intelligence in interwar women’s writing

Vanessa Lim

October 2020 - March 2022

Vanessa Lim is a literary and intellectual historian of early modern England, with a special interest in the reception and use of classical rhetoric in the Renaissance. She holds a doctorate in History and English from Queen Mary University of London, an MA in Intellectual History, and a BSc in Politics and Philosophy. At the Institute of English Studies, Vanessa will complete work on her first monograph, Deliberative Shakespeare, and pursue interrelated research on the motif of self-speech in late Elizabethan prose fiction. Her research has been published in the Review of English Studies and Notes & Queries. For more information, see

Dr Aimee Gasston

1 October 2019 - March 2022

Originally from the Channel Islands, Aimee Gasston completed her PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, on objects in modernist short stories by women writers. She has an MA in Modernism and BA in English Literature from the University of East Anglia, and won the fourth Katherine Mansfield Essay Prize. She has published articles on literature and cannibalism, phenomenology and food and has contributed to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. Aimee was a 2017/18 Harry Ransom Research Fellow at the University of Texas, where she worked on a project about Elizabeth Bowen’s stutter. Her research interests broadly lie within the field of literary modernist aesthetics.

Dr Diya Gupta

30 June 2019 – 31 March 2021

Diya Gupta is interested in the intersections between life-writing, visual culture and literature, particularly in response to war. She holds BA and MA degrees in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India, securing the highest first in the subject on both occasions, and Second BA and MPhil degrees in English from the University of Cambridge.

Her first monograph project builds on her doctoral work at the Department of English, King’s College London, completed in 2019. Diya’s research provides the first literary and cultural examination of Indian experiences in the Second World War. Drawing upon her bilingual skills, she considers writing in both English and Bengali languages to untangle the troubled yet transformative emotional legacy of this war in the Indian subcontinent.

Dr Flore Janssen

1 October 2019 - 31 December 2020 

Flore Janssen’s research interests centre on women’s activist writing in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She completed her PhD on activist writers Clementina Black and Margaret Harkness at Birkbeck in 2018 and has since held a Wellcome ISSF fellowship to research late nineteenth-century rhetoric around poverty and public health. She co-edited Margaret Harkness: Writing Social Engagement 1880–1921 (MUP 2019) with Lisa C. Robertson. She is reviews editor of the Literary London Journal.

Dr Elizabeth Sandis

1 October 2019 - March 2022

Dr Sandis completed her D.Phil in English at Merton College, Oxford, in 2016, before taking up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at The Shakespeare Institute. Whilst in Stratford she has been working as academic advisor to the RSC and the Globe, teaching an MA in Shakespeare Studies, and writing a book about student experience of drama at early modern Oxford and Cambridge.

She is delighted to be joining the Institute for English Studies in 2019. Trained as a Classicist, she specialises in academic drama, translating and analysing sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Latin plays both for scholarly publication and for public performance. She has two articles forthcoming in early modern journals and has co-edited a Special Issue of Renaissance Studies ('Latin Drama, Religion and Politics in Early Modern Europe', Vol 30.4, Sept 2016).


Previous Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Matthew Tibble

1 May 2019 - 30 April 2020

Matthew Tibble researches the literature and politics of the mid-Tudor period, exploring in particular the relationship between theories of princely humanism and the governance of England during the reign of its first regnant queen, Mary I. He completed his PhD in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh with support from the AHRC and holds an MPhil in History from Cambridge University. Matthew recently published an article in Historical Research, and whilst at the Institute of English Studies will complete a monograph titled Nicolaus Mameranus: Poetry and Politics at the Court of Mary Tudor.

Dr Alistair Robinson 

1 April 2019 - 30 March 2020

Alistair Robinson’s PhD thesis examines the portrayal of vagrants in nineteenth-century British culture, and is particularly interested in how generic, historical, and geographical factors impacted the ways in which they were represented. During his time at the Institute of English Studies Alistair will be developing these research interests in his monograph project entitled Victorian Vagrancy: The Wandering Poor in the Long Nineteenth Century. He was awarded his PhD in in English Literature by University College London in 2019, and holds a master’s degree from Edinburgh and a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge. His research has been published in the Journal of Victorian Culture and the Review of English Studies.  

Dr Edwina Christie

1 October 2018 - 3 January 2020

Edwina Christie’s research focuses on seventeenth-century romance fiction, both its ethics and its readers. Her doctoral thesis examined the ethics of dissimulation in English and French prose romances from Sidney’s Arcadia to Roger Boyle’s Parthenissa, and her current research surveys marginal annotations left by early readers of romance fiction. She is writing a monograph entitled Reading Seventeenth-Century Romance on the history of romance reading and Anglo-French cross-cultural exchange. She holds a Masters and DPhil in English from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of Sydney; in 2018 she will take up a Charles Montgomery Gray research fellowship at the Newberry Library in Chicago.

Dr Clarck Drieshen 

1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019 

Clarck Drieshen completed his PhD in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds in 2017. His thesis examines the use of visionary-mystical writings for devotional instruction at late medieval female religious communities in North-Western Europe. Subsequently, he has been working as a cataloguer and researcher of medieval manuscripts at the British Library. During his studies, he has published articles on Middle English devotional works that circulated among female audiences. At the Institute of English Studies, he will work on an edition of a unique copy of a Middle English reworking of a fourteenth-century Continental mystical work known as Christi Leiden in einer Vision geschaut and examine its influene on female piety in late medieval England.

Dr Thomas Owens

4 April 2018 - 4 October 2018

Tom Owens completed his D.Phil in English at St John’s College, Oxford, in 2013. He was a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge, until September 2017, when he took up a Teaching Fellowship at UCL which ended in March this year. He has written a monograph for Oxford University Press on the importance of astronomical ideas and discoveries to William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. His most recent articles have been on: Jonathan Swift and Matthew Arnold; the Romantic reception of Michelangelo’s sonnets; and Gerard Manley Hopkins. His second book project, which he is researching at the Institute of English

Studies, is an examination of the early nineteenth-century reception of seventeenth-century prose style.

Dr Alan McNee

1 October 2017 - 30 September 2018

Alan McNee worked as a journalist for fifteen years. He has an M.A. in Victorian Studies from Birkbeck, University of London, and completed his PhD at Birkbeck in 2013. His first book, The Cockney Who Sold the Alps: Albert Smith and the Ascent of Mont Blanc, was published in 2015. His next book is called The New Mountaineer in Late Victorian Britain: Materiality, Modernity, and the Haptic Sublime, and will be published in May this year by Palgave Macmillan.

Dr Aaron Rosenberg

1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

Aaron Rosenberg completed his Ph.D. in English at Cornell University in 2016. Prior to joining the Institute of English Studies he was an Andrew W. Mellon Graduate Fellow at the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. Aaron's research focuses on Victorian and modernist literature, the history and theory of the novel, and the Environmental Humanities. He is finishing a book manuscript on Scale, Modernity, and the Novel, and beginning a second book project, Imagined Populations: Collective Life and Literary Form.

Dr Brian Ward

4 April 2018 - 3 April 2019

Brian Ward received his PhD from the English department at the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 2015.

His thesis examined the role of periodical culture in shaping popular discourse in the years prior to the Irish revolutionary period in the early twentieth century. His first monograph was published in 2017 by Four Courts Press, entitled 'Imagining Alternative Irelands in 1912: cultural discourse in the periodical press'. His research interests include periodical culture and networks, postcolonialism studies, and twentieth-century Irish literature. While at the Institute of English Studies Brian will be examining the texts of James Stephens, an Irish author who was very popular in the early twentieth century. He collaborated and engaged with numerous key figures of Irish history and literature including Arthur Griffith, W.B. Yeats, George Russell, James Joyce and George Moore amongst others. The Senate House Library holds his entire back catalogue. Brian's research will examine the influence of Stephens on his peers and successive generations of Irish writers.


Dr Johan Warodell

1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

Johan Adam Warodell has published articles on Joseph Conrad in The Cambridge Quarterly, The Conradian, English, Notes & Queries, and the Yearbook of Conrad Studies. His writing has won prizes from the Joseph Conrad Society, UK, and the Joseph Conrad Society, USA. He completed his PhD from the University of Lancaster in 2016. 

At Senate House Library, he is researching Hans van Marle’s Conrad collection.