Current Visiting Research Fellows

Associate Visiting Researcher

Katherine Hindley is Assistant Professor of Medieval Literature at NTU, Singapore.  Her current project studies words at their most powerful, examining the medieval belief that spoken charms and written amulets could physically change the world.  Her research has been supported by Singapore’s Ministry of Education, the Medieval Academy of America, the Bibliographical Society of America, and the Josephine de Karman Fellowship, among others.  Katherine received her PhD in Medieval Studies from Yale University in 2017, and also holds degrees from the University of Oxford.  As of 2019, Katherine is Acting Director of the London International Palaeography Summer School.

Christos Hadjiyiannis
October 2020 - March 2022

Christos Hadjiyiannis was born in Nicosia, Cyprus and was, until recently, Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UT Austin. He was previously Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Cyprus and, before that, Research Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford. His first book, Conservative Modernists: Literature and Tory Politics in Britain, 1900-1920 (Cambridge University Press, 2018), examined different ways in which modernist writing was imbricated with Tory rhetoric and ideology in Edwardian Britain. His new project, Modern Martyrs: Martyrdom in Modern and Contemporary Literature, investigates the usage of Christian martyrdom by modern and contemporary poets and artists, looking at, among others, Anne Sexton, Frank Bidart, Sharon Olds, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Solmaz Sharif, and Marina Abramović.

Dr Michelle Milan

January 2021 - March 2022

Michelle Milan completed her Marie Curie Fellowship at the Institute of English Studies in 2020. Her project, 'Book History and Translation History: Copyright, Wages, Censorship, and the (Proto-)Professionalisation of Translators in Nineteenth-Century Britain and Ireland', pushed the interdisciplinary offerings of translation and book history through a programme of research, training and public engagement events. Drawing on largely untapped materials from the archives of Victorian publishers, the project examined the production of English-language translations in the nineteenth century by investigating, among other matters, copyright agreements, translator-publisher relationships and the profession of literary translation. An article in the journal Meta, ‘Towards a Professional Identity: Translators in the Victorian Publisher’s Archive’ (April 2021), will present some of the project's findings. While Visiting Research Fellow at the IES she will be working on a book titled Translation and Book History: Theoretical, Historical and Archival Perspectives for the ‘Publishing and Book Culture’ series of Cambridge Elements (CUP). She will also resume work on her prosopographical database of translators in Irish history and on the monograph, Translation in Nineteenth-Century Ireland: Cross-Cultural Encounters, both of which gather PhD and post-PhD research materials on the history of translation and travel abroad in nineteenth-century Ireland. Michelle's research profile can be found here.

Dr Elizabeth Dearnley

1 April 2019 - March 2022

Elizabeth Dearnley is a folklorist and artist working on engagement with public spaces. After completing her PhD at the University of Cambridge (2011), she held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at UCL (2012-15) exploring fairy tale evolution and collaborative storytelling. Since then, she has taught at UCL and Cambridge, produced arts and public engagement projects from Talking Statues to Journeys Through Print, and toured immersive theatre installation Big Teeth.

Her first book, Translators and their Prologues in Medieval England, was published in 2016, and she is now writing her second book on how folktales shape attitudes about public space. At the Institute of English Studies, she is exploring women’s mapping of cities through diaries and life writing, based on her 2018 project The Flâneuse Diaries.


Previous Visiting Research Fellows

Professor Catherine Bates

1 October 2018 - 31 December 2020

Catherine Bates is Research Professor in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick. She works on English Renaissance poetry and has published five monographs on the subject: most recently, On Not Defending Poetry: Defence and Indefensibility in Sidney’s ‘Defence of Poesy’ (2017, Oxford University Press), and Masculinity and the Hunt: Wyatt to Spenser (Oxford University Press, 2013), winner of the British Academy Rose Mary Crawshay Prize, 2015. She is also editor of a number of edited collections, most recently A Companion to Renaissance Poetry (Wiley Blackwell, 2018). She has held a Solmsen Research Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (2014/15) and a Mellon Fellowship at the Huntington (2017/18). Before coming to Warwick in 1995, she was Fellow in English at Peterhouse, Cambridge for five years; and prior to that held a Junior Research Fellowship at Balliol College, Oxford. She took both her BA and DPhil from Oxford University. While Visiting Research Fellow at the IES she will be working on Poetry and Usury, a book-length project on Shakespeare’s Sonnets.

Dr Pragya Dhital

8 April 2018 - 31 December 2020

Pragya Dhital completed a PhD in the department of Religions and Philosophies at SOAS in 2016: “Paper chains: the techno-politics of communication in modern India”. She is currently researching a collection of publications proscribed in colonial India, held jointly by the British Library and National Archives of India.  Through a transnational and multilingual approach to studying this material, she aims to go beyond centre-periphery models of the diffusion of cultural and political forms, be it the nation or the novel, using methodologies rived from literary studies and book history.

Dr Joseph Hone

1 September 2019 - 31 December 2020


Joseph Hone completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford in 2015, before taking up a Junior Research Fellowship at Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 2014 he was Katharine F. Pantzer Fellow in Descriptive Bibliography at Harvard, and in 2018 was awarded the James M. Osborn Fellowship in English Literature and History at Yale. He is the author of Literature and Party Politics at the Accession of Queen Anne (Oxford, 2017) and Alexander Pope in the Making (Oxford, forthcoming), and a volume editor of The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope. At the Institute of English Studies, he is working on a study of clandestine printing in eighteenth-century England.

Dr Anna Camilleri 

1 October 2018 - 30 September 2019

Anna Camilleri completed at her Doctorate on Byron at Balliol College, Oxford in 2012. She subsequently held a Career Development Fellowship at Christ Church (2013-18), where she taught English Literature from 1660 to the Present Day. 

Her research is focused on form and genre in poetry of the Romantic Period, with a special interest in Byron. Her first monograph, Byron, Gender, and the Heroic is currently under consideration for inclusion in the Oxford English Monographs series. Her second book, Byron: the Man, the Myth, the Poet, is under contract with Harvard University Press.   

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).

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.