Visiting Research Fellows

Visiting Research Fellowships are offered for a period of six to twelve months and may be renewed once only to enable the continuation of existing projects based in IES. We welcome interest from scholars in English Studies based in the UK or overseas, including non-affiliated researchers. Visiting Research Fellows will be entitled to use of shared office space in the Institute, 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). Visiting Research Fellows are expected to contribute to the Institute’s activities, through participation in its events, projects and general intellectual and research environment. IES welcomes Visiting Fellows’ engagement in existing research at the Institute, and discussion of new work that might be developed here.

Current Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Susan Cahill (Concordia University)

1 September 2017 - 31 August 2018

Dr Susan Cahill is an Associate Professor in the School of Irish Studies, Concordia University, Montréal. Her research interests include Irish girls’ literary cultures, children’s and YA fiction, and contemporary Irish literature, particularly women’s writing. Her monograph, Irish Literature in the Celtic Tiger Years: Gender, Bodies, Memory, was published by Continuum in 2011. She has also published two collections of essays on contemporary Irish writers: Anne Enright (edited with Claire Bracken) and Colum McCann (edited with Eoin Flannery). She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on subjects ranging from gender and the body in contemporary Irish fiction, historical children’s literature, to fairytale cinema, and Irish literary girlhood. In the spring of 2013, Dr. Cahill was awarded a three-year FRQSC grant for her project, "Ireland's Daughters: The Literary Cultures of the Irish Girl, 1870-1922" and is currently working on a monograph based on this research.

Professor Susan Powell (University of Salford)

1 May 2017 - 30 April 2018

Susan (Sue) Powell is Emeritus Professor of Medieval Texts and Culture (University of Salford). Her research focuses on late-medieval religious and devotional texts and institutions, with a particular emphasis on manuscripts and early printed books. She considers herself primarily an editor of manuscripts and early printed books, and her most recent edition is John Mirk’s Festial in two volumes, EETS OS 334/335 (Oxford, 2009, 2011). Her most recent book, co-edited with Vincent Gillespie, is A Companion to the Early Printed Book in Britain 1476-1558 (Cambridge, 2014), but a monograph, The Birgittines of Syon Abbey: Preaching and Print, is to be published by Brepols Press in 2017. She is currently preparing an edition of the household papers of Lady Margaret Beaufort for the British Academy (Records of Social and Economic History).

Previous Visiting Research Fellows

Dr Mary Coghill

2014 - 2017

Dr Mary Coghill was born in London and has lived and worked in London for many years. Recently published poetry explores the central themes of what city poetry is in both practice and theory. This theme was explored as part of her PhD at The London Metropolitan University. She has published three books of city poetry.  The third Assay of Blood and Gold: London Poems (2017) is now available from  She has used her Visiting Research Fellowship to organise a number of research seminars on the work of Roman Jakobson and poetics and three conferences where the theory of poetics is explored – the latest to be held on 21st October 2017. Her current research explores Formalist theory through the work of Roman Jakobson and Professor Yuri Rozhdestvensky. She is currently organising an international conference on Professor Rozhdestvensky: 'Russian Evolution: Russian Reflections'.

Dr Rose Levinson

2014 -  2017

Dr Rose Levinson was for many years the host and executive producer of City Visions Radio, in San Francisco. She was adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco, where she taught courses relevant to Jewish identity and current Middle East politics. She recently published Death of A Holy Land: Reflections in Contemporary Israeli Fiction as well as co-authored A Place in the Tent: Intermarriage in Conservative Judaism. At the IES she organised the 'Humanities after Brexit and Trump' reading group.