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Dr Ursula Clayton

clayton 2Teaching Fellow

ursula dot clayton at warwick dot ac dot uk

FAB 5.54
Humanities Building
University of Warwick
Coventry CV4 7AL


Dr Ursula Clayton is Teaching Fellow in Early Modern and Shakespeare Studies in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies, and teaches on the English and Comparative Literary Studies program. Ursula was awarded a Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence and a Butterworth Award in 2021.

Research Interests

My research considers Shakespearean and early modern conceptions of parasitism, as articulated in scientific, philosophical, and socio-political discourses. I am currently completing my first monograph on this topic. Whilst broadly historicist in its intentions and methodology, this work is significantly informed by contemporary philosopher Michel Serres. I am in the early stages of a project on the idea of ‘spontaneous generation’ in early modern literature.

I am also interested in community-led methods of research and inclusive pedagogy relating to refugee education. Funded by Research England's Enhancing Research Culture Fund, I am currently working with the charity Refugee Education UK to complete a Coventry-specific assessment of the barriers to Higher Education amongst local young refugees and asylum-seekers. In so doing, we hope that this study will identify ways in which the University of Warwick can better support the local community, and actively reduce these barriers.


I teach on the undergraduate modules 'Medieval to Renaissance English Literature' (EN121), 'Remaking Shakespeare' (EN2G7/EN3G7), and co-convene the Academic Enrichment Programme. I also contribute lectures to 'Shakespeare and Selected Dramatists of his Time (EN2L6/EN3L2). I convene the 'Shakespeare at Warwick' AISP module in partnership with Monash University (EN2L5).

Office hours

Tuesdays 10.30 - 11.30
Thursdays 11 - 12

Office hours will be held in person (FAB 5.54). Please email to arrange an online appointment (Microsoft Teams) if preferred.

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