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Postgraduate Research Students

Use this page to explore profiles of our current PhD candidates. Arranged by family name.



Tyler Ball, Writing Wider Worlds: An Eco-Ontological Approach to Indian Ocean Literature, Supervisors: Rashmi Varma and Michael Niblett

Janneke Beerman (cotutelle with the University of Curacao), World-literature: Cosmopolitanism in Hybrid Caribbean Novels, Supervisors: Paulo de Medeiros (University of Warwick) and Elisabeth Echteld (University of Curacao)

Will Berrington, The American Millennial Novel: Coming-of-Age from Crash to 'Long Downturn' (2008-2022), Supervisors: Myka Tucker-Abramson and Stephen Shapiro

Simone Blandford, Chicago and the Radical American Novel, Supervisors: Stephen Shapiro and Mark Storey

Owain Burrell, The Grammar School Ideal in British Literature 1945-1990, Supervisor: Michael Gardiner

Nadia Backleh,


Bernadette Carter, Elizabeth Jennings' Incarnational Poetics, Supervisor: Emma Mason

Nora Castle, Food Futures: Food, Foodways, and Environmental Crisis in Contemporary Speculative Fiction, Supervisor: Graeme Macdonald

Tom Crompton, The Poetics of the Deindustrialising Landscape, Supervisor: Jonathan Skinner


Alys Daroy, Biophilic Shakespeare: Towards an Affective Framework for Ecological Analysis, Supervisors: Stephen Purcell (University of Warwick) and Fiona Gregory (Monash University)


Fern Ennis, Hybrid Fantasy after Undine, Supervisor: Emma Mason


Lu Feng, Reading Water in the Cities of Jiangnan, Supervisors: Caitlin Vandertop and Anne Gerritsen


Mark Gorham, Ideologues United: England's ideology and its relation to the Good in Gothic, Supervisors: Paulo de Medeiros and Jen Baker

Beth Greaves, The Literary and Cultural Imagination of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy from 1976 to 2020, Supervisor: Liz Barry

Christopher Griffin, The Aesthetics of the Secret, 1998-2018, Supervisors: Michael Gardiner (University of Warwick) and Dave Gunning (University of Birmingham)

Amul Gyawali, Invention of Nature in South Asia, Supervisors: Mike Niblett

Declan Gllespie,


Nic Hamer, Beyond elegy: confronting grief in contemporary ecopoetry, Supervisors: Jonathan Skinner and Fabienne Viala

Thomas Heath, Supervisor: Stephen Purcell

Esthie Hugo, Gothic's Ecologies: Literature and Commodity Frontiers from the Plantation to the Present, Supervisors:


Tabina Iqbal, Samuel Beckett, Ludwig Wittgenstein and the I, Supervisors: Daniel Katz and Daniele Lorenzini


Mohammad Javanmard, Literary Constellations; Allegories of Collectivities in the Era of Globalisation, Supervisors: Mike Niblett and Paulo de Medeiros

Celia Jarvis,Christian devotional experience in nineteenth-century Literature and Art.


Raad Khair-Allah, A Comparative Study on Contemporary Arab Women Writers, filmmakers and artists in a Transnational Frame, Supervisor: Rashmi Varma

Wayne Kwong,The construction of Hong Kong identities in artistic representations – from literature to beyond

Shavena Vegneswara Kumar,


Andrea Lawrence, Intra perceptions of Iberia in Europe and beyond in travel, translation and transnationalism, Supervisors: Paulo De Sousa Aguiar de Medeiros (University of Warwick) and Stewart King (Monash University)

Xueyi Li, The Chinese Presence in Caribbean Literature, Supervisor: Mike Niblett

Li Liu, Desire, Consumer Culture, and the Liminal State in the Mid-Victorian Bourgeois Imagination, Supervisors: Jen Baker and Michael Meeuwis

Tingxuan Liu, Beyond Solidarity: Rethinking East and Southeast Asia in Contemporary Cosmopolitan Writing, Supervisor: Ross Forman


Bushra Mahzabeen, Invisibility of Oil: The Politics of Labour Displacement and Exploitative Gender Relations in Petro-Capitalist Commodity Frontiers, Supervisor: Michael Niblett

Michael Morgan, When Did Capitalist Realism Begin? The literary registration of Capitalist Realism at the turn of the 21st century and its antecedents, Supervisor: Michael Gardiner

Anne-Sophie Mortensen,



Harry Pitt Scott, Petroculture and Finance in Transition: Oil, Representation, and Abstraction, Supervisor: Graeme MacDonald

Martin Platais, Crisis and Form in the Contemporary Novel, Supervisors: Rashmi Varma and Nicholas Lawrence

Pim Puapanichya,

Pega Pezeshkighahfarokhi,



Ambika Raja, No Longer at Home: Tropes of Solastalgia in Contemporary South Asian Literary Narratives, Supervisors: Rashmi Varna and Caitlin Vandertop

Grace Rhyne, “Your Echo Is Louder Than Your Voice”: Exploring the Literary Link Between Women and Ghosts, Supervisors: Ross Forman and Jen Baker

Julian Richards, "This Man is Great" Glen Byam Shaw Directs Shakespeare in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Supervisor: Carol Rutter

Anna Rivers, Mysticism and spectrality in the poetry of Emily Bronte, Christina Rossetti and Mathilde Blind, Supervisor: Emma Mason

Ragesree Roy, Mapping the Ecological Subaltern: Hydrofiction, Precarity and the Asian Novel, Supervisors: Rashmi Varma and Caitlin Vandertop

Lindy Rudd, Lessons from Shakespeare: Examining Early Modern Pedagogy as "Pattern, Precedent and Lively Warrant" for Modern Tertiary Education, Supervisor: Carol Rutter


Emma Sheppard, Radical Shakespeare: the Life and Work of Michael Bogdanov, Supervisor: Carol Rutter

Madeleine Sinclair, World Literature, the Twenty-First Century Short-Story Cycle and the Politics of Form, Supervisor: Michael Niblett

Aman Sinha, Playing with Identity: Trajectories of Self/Selves within Queer Autobiographies from India and South Africa

Lizzie Smith, The "Environmental Uncanny": Unsettling the Multispecies Encounter in Contemporary Environmental Poetry, Supervisors: Nicholas Lawrence and Jonathan Skinner

Charlotte Spear, Locating the Human: World-Literature and the Concept of Rights, Supervisors: Michael Niblett


Stephanie Tillotson, The late 20th and early 21st century theatre practice of women playing the traditionally male roles in Shakespeare, Supervisor: Carol Rutter

Louisa Toxvaerd Munch, How does nostalgia function in the 21st century and what impact does it have on cultural imagination and critical thinking. Supervisor: Paulo DeMederios



Paul Vernell, The Poetics of Uneven and Combined Development, Supervisor: Nicholas Lawrence

Archana Vinod,


Ruth Walbank, Nineteenth-Century Hellscapes and Environmental Crisis, supervisor Emma Mason

Sam Weselowski, Metropolitan Frontiers: Vancouver and the Poetics of Urbanization, 1965 – 2013, Supervisors: Nicholas Lawrence, Myka Tucker-Abramson, and Jonathan Skinner

Heather Wardlaw,


Yaqian Xu, Middle-aged Body in Contemporary North American Novels, Supervisor: Liz Barry



Zhuohan Zeng, Digital performance in contemporary theatres, Supervisor: Matthew Franks. Visiting PhD, 2022-2023.


Our completed PhD candidates, 2010-present.