Research fellows are established researchers with a significant record of achievement. In making awards, the Institute hopes that prospective Fellow’s engagement with IES will be sustained over time. Research Fellows are entitled to use of shared office space in the Institute, access to Senate House Library, an email account, free attendance at Institute events, and competitive access to a fund for travel/research expenses (currently up to £200 pa, subject to affordability and demand). In return, we expect research fellows to participate as fully as possible in the life of the Institute. This may include, for example, leading or contributing to IES research initiatives, applying for research grants to be held in the Institute, participating in the IES network of seminars and events, organising/attending conferences at IES, contributing to summer schools. We expect the Institute to be credited in publications and public appearances, and that Research Fellows should be physically present within the Institute as often as possible, contributing actively to the intellectual and research environment.

Research Fellowships are for a six month to three-year term in the first instance with the possibility of renewal. There is no limit on, or expectation about, the number of Research Fellows we will appoint at any one time and all appointments will be made on merit.

Please note, previous to 2021, we also awarded a Visiting Fellowship category, which has now been merged with Research Fellows.

Current Research Fellows

Jad Adams

Jad Adams' work in literature and literary biography includes Madder Music, Stronger Wine: A Biography of Ernest Dowson; Kipling, a biography of the poet, and Hideous Absinthe: A History of the Devil in a Bottle. He has published widely on women writers of fin de siecle and is currently engaged on a long-term research project titled 'Decadent Women: Lives of the Lost Generation' which aims to recover the biographical details and literary reputations of some of the forgotten women writers of the 1890s.

Dr Karen Attar

Dr Karen Attar (BA, Sydney: PhD, Cantab) is the Curator of Rare Books and University Art at Senate House Library, University of London. Her interests are in the history of libraries and book-collecting and in the description of books. She is best known for her editorship of the Directory of Rare Book and Special Collections in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland (3rd edn, 2016). Recent work has focused on the Victorian mathematical collector Augustus De Morgan.

Professor Laurel Brake

Laurel Brake is Professor Emerita of English Literature and Print Culture at Birkbeck, University of London. Her main research interests are in nineteenth-century literature, book and media history, and gender. She publishes articles, writes and edits books, has co-edited a dictionary (DNCJ: Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism), and collaborated on a free digital edition of periodicals and newspapers (Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition‎). Books include Subjugated KnowledgesWalter Pater, and co-edited volumes on W T Stead and on the News of the World . Her current projects are Ink Work (a biography of Walter and Clara Pater), and an edition of Walter Pater’s selected journalism. 

Dr Tom Bristow 

Tom Bristow is JRF at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham; research fellow at the Institute of English Studies, London; honorary fellow of the Centre for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia.  Former President of the Association for the Study of Literature, Culture and Environment (Australia and New Zealand), Tom is the author of The Anthropocene Lyric (2015), co-editor of A Cultural History of Climate Change (2016), editor-in-chief of the journal Philosophy Activism Nature, and an environmental humanities series editor with Routledge.

Professor Janet Clare

Professor Janet Clare is an Honorary Professor of English at the University of Bristol. She has lectured in various European universities and research institutes in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, and Poland, as well as in Brazil and Japan. She has written four monographs, some twenty-three articles, and twenty-seven book chapters on materials from early Tudor women’s writing to the impact of Shakespeare on twentieth-century Irish writing, and she has also edited or co-edited five books. Her research has focused on early modern censorship, the drama of the Civil War and the English Republic, revenge tragedy, and the theatre traffic of the early modern stage. She is editing What You Will as a member of the international team preparing the Oxford Complete Works of John Marston (an AHRC-funded project) and co-editing with Professor Dominique Goy-Blanquet (Université de Picardie) Migrating Shakespeare: First European Encounters, Routes and Networks (The Arden Shakespeare). Professor Clare’s current research concerns the circulation of cosmographical knowledge in England and its impact on the early modern English literary imagination.


Professor Philip Davis

Philip Davis is Emeritus Professor of Literature and Psychology  at the University of Liverpool where he was Director of the Centre for Research into Reading. Literature and Society (CRILS). The story of CRILS and its relation to The Reader outreach organization is told in Reading for Life (OUP, 2020) and Arts for Health: Reading (Emerald, forthcoming October, 2020). His publications also include The Victorians in the Oxford English Literary History series,  Reading and the Reader, The Transferred Life of George Eliot, and Bernard Malamud: A Writer’s Life. He has published work on Shakespeare, Johnson, and Wordsworth, and on literature and brain imaging. He is editor of two series with Oxford University Press, The Literary Agenda and My Reading, and a series with Anthem on Bibliotherapy. 

Dr Carol Farr 

Carol Farr is an art historian specialising in decorated manuscripts of early medieval Britain and Ireland. She has lectured at universities in the US and the UK. She has published on relationships of visual art in manuscripts such as the Book of Kells to interpretation of text and public reading. Reuse and recycling of manuscripts have also been her topics. While finishing a book on early Latin gospel books, she is researching fragments of early liturgical manuscripts and artistic styles of ninth- to twelfth-century Irish manuscript art.

Dr Eliane Glaser

Eliane Glaser is a Reader in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, a writer, and a radio producer and broadcaster. She holds a PhD in English from Birkbeck, University of London. Her books include Anti-Politics: On the Demonization of Ideology, Authority and the State (Repeater, 2018), and Get Real: How to See Through the Hype, Spin and Lies of Modern Life (Fourth Estate, 2012). She is completing a progressive defence of elitism (Biteback, forthcoming 2020) and a book on the politics of motherhood (Fourth Estate, forthcoming 2021). She writes for the Guardian, Prospect, and the London Review of Books, among other places, about rhetoric, persuasion, ideology, and the political uses of culture. 


Professor Robert Hampson

Robert Hampson was Professor of Modern Literature and is currently Professor Emeritus at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is an expert on Joseph Conrad: the author of three monographs on Conrad, two co-edited collections of essays and editor of several editions. He is Chair of the Joseph Conrad Society (UK). He is currently working on Conrad, borders and transnationalism. He is also engaged in contemporary poetry as practitioner, editor and critic. He was long-listed for the Forward Prize and has co-edited volumes on contemporary British poetry, London poetry of the 1970s, Frank O’Hara, and Allen Fisher.

Dr David Pearson

David Pearson retired from a long professional career in libraries and archives in February 2017 and is now concentrating on work as a book historian. He has published extensively on aspects of provenance, private libraries and bookbinding and his projects currently in hand include a directory of book ownership in 17th-century England. He teaches regularly on the Rare Book Schools in London and Charlottesville. He is a Past President of the Bibliographical Society and is appointed Lyell Reader in Bibliography at Oxford for 2017-18.

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad

Professor Nicholas Pickwoad is a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London and is director of the Ligatus Research Centre. He has a doctorate from Oxford University in English Literature, trained in bookbinding and book conservation with Roger Powell, and ran his own workshop from 1977 to 1989. He has been Adviser on book conservation to the National Trust of Great Britain since 1978, and was editor of the Paper Conservator. He taught book conservation at Columbia University Library School in New York from 1989 to 1992 and was Chief Conservator in the Harvard University Library from 1992 to 1995. He is now project leader of the St Catherine’s Monastery Library Project based at the University of the Arts, London and is director of the Ligatus Research Centre, which is dedicated to the history of bookbinding. He gave the 2008 Panizzi Lectures at the British Library, was awarded the 2009 Plowden medal for Conservation and is a Fellow of the IIC and of the Society of Antiquaries and has been Council Member of the Bibliographical Society of Great Britain. He also teaches courses in the UK, Europe and America on the history of European bookbinding in the era of the hand printing press, and has published widely on the subject. He supervises PhD research into the history of bookbinding.

Dr Samantha Rayner

Samantha Rayner is the Director of the Centre for Publishing at University College London. She teaches and writes on publishing and book related topics, with special interests in publishing archives and publishing paratexts, bibliography, the culture of bookselling, editors and editing, bibliotherapy, and academic publishing. She has also taught extensively on English Literature courses and have specialisms in Medieval and Arthurian texts.

Professor Judith Simons

Judy Simons is Emeritus Professor of English at De Montfort University Leicester. She has published extensively on women’s writing, including studies of diaries and of classic reading for girls. She was Director of the AHRC funded Corvey Project on Romantic Women’s Writing, and, with Julia Briggs, founded the Hockliffe Project on early children’s books. She was Chair of the Council of Deans of Arts & Humanities, Chair of the Council of College and University English and inaugural Chair of the English Subject Centre. Her current research focuses on reading habits between the wars.

Dr Angeliki Spiropoulou 

Angeliki Spiropoulou (MA; PhD Sussex) is Associate Professor of Modern European Literature and Theory at Peloponnese University, Greece. She has authored the monograph Virginia Woolf, Modernity and History: Constellations with Walter Benjamin (Palgrave-Macmillan 2010), and co-authored History of European Literature 18th-20thC (Hellenic Open University 2008). She has edited or co-edited the volumes: Walter Benjamin: Images and Myths of Modernity; Culture Agonistes: Debating Culture, Rereading Texts; Contemporary Greek Fiction: International Perspectives, and an issue on 'Gender Resistance' for EJES. She has recently contributed to the Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, the Edinburgh Dictionary of Modernism, and the volumes 1922: History, Culture, Politics (Cambridge UP) and Sentencing Orlando (Edinburgh UP). She is currently working on modernist historiographies and co-editing a volume on Modernism and History with Jean-Michel Rabaté. She is on the Executive Committee of the European Network for Comparative Literary Studies. 


Associate Research Fellows

Dr Cynthia Johnston (through 31 October 2019)