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 Edwina Christie

1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

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 Aimee Gasston

1 October 2019 - 30 September 2020

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 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.


Past Postdoctoral Visiting Research Fellows

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 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.