Current PhD researchers

The School of English has a vibrant, active and multi-disciplinary portfolio of PhD and research projects. The research topic of each project, the student and their supervisor(s) is shown in the table below, in alphabetical order of the researcher's surname.



Research topic



Atekah Abaalkhail

Dr Valerie Hobbs, Dr Nigel Harwood A genre and move analysis of the statements of teaching Philosophy

Khaled Albalawi

Professor Sue Vice, Dr Veronica Barnsley Post Millennial British fiction

Rawa Alblowi

Dr Veronica Barnsley, Professor Sue Vice Fictional immigrant children in contemporary novels

Nouf Alotaibi

Dr Jane Mulderrig, Dr Emma Moore A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Saudi Women's Campaign against the Male-Guardianship System on Social Media

Shahla Adi

Dr Nigel Harwood, Dr Rola Naeb (Northumbria University)

Simultaneous Manipulation of Task Complexity along Planning Conditions: Impact on L2 Performance in Two Different Online Venues (Text & Voice Chat)

Samar AlGhamdi

Dr Nigel Harwood, Dr Valerie Hobbs  

Hesham Alruwaili

Dr V Barnsley, Dr S Whiteley A comparative analysis of Atwood and El Saadawi from a feminist perspective

Anood Al Shibli

Dr Gabriel Ozon, Dr Nigel Harwood Corpus linguistics, Curriculum Design, Second Language Acquisition, Writing Assessment

Sarah Alwin

Dr Veronica Barnsley, Dr Richard Steadman-Jones Colonial and Post-colonial spatiality, domestic spaces, South East Asian writing

Angelina Ayers

Professor Adam Piette, Dr Agnes Lehoczky Academic and creative project researching how contemporary women of colour explore exile, belonging and citizenship in their writing

Cath Badham

Professor Stephen Nicholson, Dr Rachel Zerihan The Plays of Philip Ridley: Space, Identity, Language

Gemma Ballard

Dr Jonathan Raynor, Dr Kate Taylor-Jones (SEAS) Millennial South Korean cinema and its exploration of the postmodern cityscape and the 'self'

Emily-Rose Baker

Professor Sue Vice, Dr Carmen Levick
‘Perchance to dream’: reconceptualising sleep, dreams and the radical intersection of women, madness and capitalism

Nicolas Bax

Professor Brendan Stone, Dr David Forrest Mixed reality and nonlinear narratives

Noha Bayoumy

Dr Rachel Zerihan, Professor Frances Babbage The performance of trauma in selected contemporary British plays

Chadwick Bentley

Professor Sue Vice, Dr David Forrest  

Johanna Blakey

Dr Chris Montgomery, Dr Emma Moore Dialect continuity and change in Sheffield

Dorothy Bowles

Dr Tom Rutter, Dr Emma Rhatigan A scholarly edition of Samuel Daniel's 'The Tragedie of Cleopatra'

Daniel Bowman

Dr John Miller, Dr Robert McKay Horsepower: Animals in Automotive Culture 1895-1935

Richard Brown

Professor Sue Vice, Dr Meredith Warrem Resident elsewhere: coding and representation of Jewish diasporic narratives in the pre- and post-Holocaust matrix.

Heather Buchanan

Dr Nigel Harwood, Dr Beatriz González-Fernández  

Ellen Bulford Welch

Dr Andrew Smith, Dr Duco van Oostrum Gothic Alter Egos: Anonymity and the Anxiety of Gothic Authorship in Nineteenth-Century American Literature

Ashley Bullen-Cutting

Dr Agnes Lehoczky, Dr John Miller Creative writing; ecocriticism

Lauren Butler

Prof Jane Hodson, Dr Julia Moses (History) Household and estate community at Chatsworth in the nineteenth century, between 1811 and 1908

Emi Caley-Komine

Dr Robyn Orfitelli, Dr Kook-Hee Gil  

Natalia Campos Martinez

Dr Sara Whiteley, Professor Joanna Gavins  

Fiona Clapperton

Professor Jane Hodson, Dr Esme Cleall (Department of History) Between Expectation and Experience: The Changing Social Realities of Life and Work upon the Chatsworth Estate 1908-1950 as Reflected within the Language used by the Community

Daniel Clarke

Dr Jonathan Rayner, Prof. Duncan Petrie (University of York) Wearing Historicity: genre, identity, and production values in the Hollywood Medieval

Tamsin Crowther

Professor Andrew Smith, Dr Amber Regis Ghosts in the Glass: Women at the Window in the Gothic Literature of the Brontës

Gemma Curto

Dr Katherine Ebury, Professor Joe Bray Time, chaos and the implications for narrative



Holly Dann

Dr Emma Moore, Dr Chris Montgomery A Future for Cornish English?: An investigation into the effects
of indexicality, contact, and identity on the Cornish dialect

Amanda Blake Davis

Dr Madeleine Callaghan, Dr Anna Barton Empathetic Androgyny in the Works of Percy Bysshe and Mary Shelley

Matthew Dennison

Dr Duco Van Oostrum, Professor Sue Vice Morality and risk in mountaineering literature

Marta Donati

Dr Beryl Pong Sound on the home front, 1914-1915 

Jennifer Donnison

Professor Adam Piette, Dr Robert McKay Creative writing - extinctions through poetry

Benjamin Dorey

Professor Adam Piette, Professor Brendan Stone "The danger to be Sane": subjectification and 'mad' cartography in Post-Romantic poetry

Peter Dorey

Professor Adam Piette, Professor Joe Bray Creative writing - the ergodic novels of Mark Z. Danielewski and the complexities of digital adaptation

Nathaniel Dziura

Dr Emma Moore, Dr Robyn Orfitelli  

Sally Eales

Professor Jane Hodson, Dr Amber Regis Communities of Practice: A linguistic study of intimacy and representation in British domestic service

Rosa Escanes Sierra

Dr Jane Mulderrig, Professor Colin Hay (Department of Politics) Morality in times of crisis: the linguistic framing of inequality in elite political discourse in the UK

Catherine Evans

Dr Emma Rhatigan, Dr Marcus Nevitt Sensing time in early modern religious literature

Reem Fattani

Dr Valerie Hobbs, Dr Richard Steadman-Jones Investigating lexical bundles in academic writing materials on an eap pre-sessional course

Veronica Fibisan

Professor Adam Piette, Dr Agnes Lehoczky A Practice-based Approach in Ecocritical Poetic Explorations in the Landscape of the British Shoreline

Richard Finn

Professor Joanna Gavins, Dr Sara Whiteley Experience of mental illness in comics

Celine Frohn

Professor Andrew Smith, Dr John Miller Penny bloods of the 1830s and 1840s and way of thinking about gender and sexual difference



Mary Going

Professor Angela Wright, Professor Andrew Smith An Exploration of Judaism within Romantic and Gothic fiction between 1790 and 1820

Vicky Grant

Professor Brendan Stone, Dr Bernard M Corfe (Department of Oncology & Metabolism) Knowing as Healing: narratives of irritable bowel syndrome. An appreciative inquiry

Joy Gravestock

Professor Brendan Stone, Dr Anthony Williams (Department of Psychology) Exploration of the contribution that music therapy can make to the contemporary process and lived experiences of adoption

Owen Gurrey

Dr Katherine Ebury, Dr Jonathan Ellis John Burnside and the Question of Ecology

Lucy Hamilton

Dr Frances Babbage, Dr Bill McDonnell Dual creative/critical project maps identity in and of post-colonial Hong Kong

Emily Hammerton-Barry

Dr Duco Van Oostrum, Professor Sue Vice Marilynne Robinson

Jessica Hannington

Dr Jonathan Ellis, Dr Jonathan Rayner After Annie Hall: Woody Allen’s Influence on Contemporary American Cinema

Bina Hartwell

Professor Brendan Stone, Dr Anthony Williams (Department of Psychology), Dr Chris Wood, Dr David Forrest Can art therapy contribute to rehabilitation by helping offenders understand their histories and interrupt patterns of self-harm?

Peter Harvey

Professor Joanna Gavins, Dr Sara Whiteley How cognitive sciences can help us understand how we comprehend life narratives

Jo Henderson-Merrygold

Dr Katie Edwards, Dr Hugh Pyper Sarah and the Hermeneutics of Cis-picion: Genderqueering a biblical matriarch

Alice Higgs

Dr Bob McKay, Dr John Miller Animals in Contemporary Canadian Fiction

Alison Horgan

Dr Hamish Mathison, Dr Madeleine Callaghan 'An infinite farrago of ancient songs': Fragments and form in Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

Rachel Hughes

Professor Sue Vice, Dr David Forrest 'An infinite farrago of ancient songs': Fragments and form in Thomas Percy's Reliques of Ancient English Poetry

Maria Hussain

Dr Valerie Hobbs, Dr Nigel Harwood  

Jacqueline Ingham

Dr Kook-Hee Gil, Dr Ranjan Sen L1 transfer of prosodic representations in the spoken production of L2 inflectional morphology



Amy Jackson

Dr Tom Rutter, Professor Angela Wright On whether this is a pre-history of the Gothic in Renaissance Literature

Maryam Jameela

Professor Sue Vice Intersectional representations of desi women in post-9/11 film and literature

Sarah Jackson

Professor Joanna Gavins, Dr Sara Whiteley  

Cora James

Dr Marcus Nevitt, Dr Tom Rutter Aphra Behn

Elna Johnson

Dr Marcus Nevitt, Professor Cathy Shrank Visions of themselves: women writing women, 1649-1689

Loma Jones

Dr Agnes Lehoczky, Professor Adam Piette Fractured identities: British nationalism to transnational decoloniality

Gaurika Kapoor

Dr Carmen Levick, Dr Jonathan Raynor An Examination of the film and television adaptations of the fiction writings of Margaret Atwood

Elli Karampela

Professor Angela Wright, Dr Madeleine Callaghan Trembling bodies: English Romanticism and the politics of fear

Shahzad Karim

Dr Nigel Harwood, Dr Kook-Hee Gil  

Gregory Keenan

Dr Jonathan Ellis, Dr Fabienne Collignon Conceptions of home in twentieth century American cinema

Chang Liu

Dr Nigel Harwood, Dr Valerie Hobbs  

Yi Liu

Dr Kook-Hee Gil, Dr Beatriz González-Fernández The acquisition of mass/count distinction in English by Chinese EFL learners



Laila M. Alhazmi

Dr Chris Montgomery, Prof Susan Fitzmaurice Perceptions of Western Saudi dialects from an attitudinal approach

Ahmad Mahfouz

Professor Steve Nicholson, Dr Bill McDonnell The Political Theatre of Muhhamed Al-Maghut

Raman Malik

Dr Anna Barton, Professor Angela Wright Subdued and misrepresented child voices in British fantasy literature in the 18th and 19th centuries

Mariyah Mandu

Dr Madeleine Callaghan, Dr Anna Barton Dark pastoral in Romantic poetry

Joe Mansfield

Dr Robert McKay, Dr John Miller Literature, Science and Great Apes: Relationships between primate fiction and cognitive ethology since 1945

Emily R. Marlow

Dr Katie Edwards, Dr Meredith Warren Religion, Gender & Sexuality in Video Game Narratives

Alexander Marsh

Professor Adam Piette, Dr Agnes Lehoczky Creative writing

Alex Mason

Dr Rachel Van Duyvenbode, Dr Duco van Oostrum Race and Space in America’s Educational Institutions

Sophie Maxwell

Dr Fabienne Collignon, Professor Adam Piette Paranoia, photography, and the human form in Cold War narratives

Katrina Mayson

Dr Jonathan Ellis, Professor Joe Bray Elizabeth Bishop: The Lives of Objects

Pauline McCaffrey

Professor Sue Vice, Dr David Forrest Television drama

Deirdre McConnell

Prof. Brendan Stone, Prof. Tom Billington, Dr Chris Wood, Dr David Forrest School-based Art Therapy; Narratives; Creativity; Social, Emotional well-being and Mental Health; Trauma; Critical Psychology; Art-based Research

Nigel McLoughlin

Professor Joanna Gavins, Dr Sara Whiteley  

Amber McNamara

Dr Sam Ladkin, Prof. Adam Piette Contemporary Canadian poetry from 1960s onwards

Timothy Moffatt

Professor Adam Piette, Dr Jonathan Rayner, Dr Carmen Levick Andrei Tarkovsky’s films from a hauntological perspective and investigating ideas around abjection signified on screen in relation to the Stalinist period of Socialist Realism

Hannah Moss

Dr Joe Bray, Prof. Angela Wright The Aesthetics of Terror: Art and Architecture in the Female-Authored Gothic Novel, 1783-1818

Arta Musollaj

Dr Chris Montgomery Attitudes towards regional and minority languages in Kosovo

Molly Murray

Dr Rachel Zerihan, Dr Michael Kindellan Stasis and motion in the New York School: Frank O'Hara, Morton Feldman, and Merce Cunningham

Aysha Winstanley Musa

Dr Katie Edwards, Dr Meredith Warren Challenging Jael's Gender. Jael is not a Woman, Jael is Gender Ambiguous

Abigail Mynett

Dr Amber Regis, Professor Sue Vice Holocaust testimonies of the 1950's/1960's and the influence of life writing

Soraya Nabipour

Dr Frances Babbage, Dr Rachel Zerihan A laboratory of the self: Complicating notions of selfhood in post-postmodern theatre and performance

Emma Nagouse

Professor Jane Hodson, Dr Casey Strine (Department of History) Rape Culture, Feminist Literary Criticism, Rape Culture and the Bible

Helen Newsome

Dr Graham Williams A Pragmatic Analysis of the Letters of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots (1489-1541)

Ellen Nicholls

Dr Madeleine Callaghan, Dr Katherine Ebury The ‘Aching Pleasure’ of Keats’s Poetry

Lauren Nixon

Professor Angela Wright, Professor Andrew Smith Conflicting Masculinities: The figure of the soldier in Gothic literature, 1764-1826

Nick Nuttgens

Dr Bill McDonnell, Dr Frances Babbage Exploring Applied Theatre as a tool for facilitating dialogue about, and
stimulating action on, climate change

Funmilayo Obukadeta

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, Dr Jane Mulderrig Language Policy and Planning in the broadcast media of a multilingual context

Christie Oliver-Hobley

Dr Robert McKay, Dr Madeleine Callaghan Representations of animals in contemporary culture

Charlotte O'Niell

Dr John Miller, Dr Robert McKay Edward Carpenter: beyond the human



Maria Pace Aquilina

Professor Cathy Shrank, Dr Marcus Nevitt The education and representation of women in early Tudor England

Ming Panha

Dr John Miller, Dr Amber Regis The relationship between the human and the nonhuman in Sherlock Holmes' fictions by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Hannah Pinnock

Professor Brendan Stone, Professor Andrew Smith Lost Stories of the “Insane”: Narrating Mental Illness in the Nineteenth-Century

Felicity Powell

Dr Katherine Ebury, Dr Jonathan Ellis Oral tradition, technology and primal mentality in the works of Ted Hughes and other 20th Century Poets

Emily Reed

Dr Graham Williams, Dr Charlotte Steenbrugge, Professor Susan Fitzmaurice The Performance of Social Ideals in the Manières de Langage

Lucy Rees

Dr Jane Mulderrig, Professor Brendan Stone  

Amini Sa-idi

Professor Susan Fitzmaurice, Dr Oksana Afitska The Role of Language in the Identity Construction of Malay Muslims in Southernmost Provinces of Thailand

Peter Sands

Dr Fabienne Collignonn, Dr Bob McKay Androgyny as a vehicle of mental revolution in the poetry and prose of Percy Bysshe Shelley

Christopher Scott

Professor Andrew Smith, Dr John Miller Anthropocentrism and the ecoGothic monster in fin-de-siècle and Edwardian "weird" fiction

Arazoo Shakur

Dr Richard Steadman-Jones, Professor Sue Vice Homelessness and the quest for identity in the novels of V.S. Naipaul

Moe Shoji

Dr Frances Babbage, Dr Rachel Zerihan ‘Paratext’ in Contemporary Theatre Practice

Rebecca Simon

Dr Robert McKay, Dr John Miller Creatural Philo-Fiction: Thinking the Animal-Without- Animality

Carly Stevenson

Professor Angela Wright, Professor Andrew Smith John Keats and the Gothic Aesthetic

Kirsty Surgey

Dr Carmen Levick, Dr Bill McDonnell Sharing Stories: Using performance to articulate relationships between public, private, personal and professional histories.



Bryn Tales

Dr David Forrest, Dr Michael Kindellan Creative writing: fragments from a crisis: the mythemes of poetic imagery

Cecilia Tricker-Walsh

Dr Robert KcKay, Dr John Miller Theories of loss in cultural representations of extinction

Tamás Varga

Dr Sara Whiteley, Dr Renee Timmers (Department of Music) Music and Emotional Experience in Literary Discourse

Hielke Vriesendorp

Dr Emma Moore, Dr Chris Montgomery The cognitive side to sociolinguistic speech perception



Rachel Walker

Dr Bill McDonnell, Professor Steve Nicholson Peter Cheeseman and the Victoria Theatre, Stoke-on- Trent: to what extent can theatre-in-the-round be instrumental in enabling the regeneration of a region?

Hannah Wallace

Professor Jane Hodson  

Ayano Watanabe

Dr Chris Montgomery, Dr Gabriel Ozon What song lyrics tell us about people?: sociolinguistic style in popular music songs from the UK and Sheffield

Diane Webber

Dr Robert KcKay, Dr John Miller Meat consumption and the idea of animal resources

Alexander White

Professor Sue Vice, Dr Jonathan Ellis Postmemory and inherited trauma

Richard Woodall

Dr Fabienne Collignon, Professor Adam Piette The ways in which our ideas about and experiences of the human face are shaped by the visual technologies (photography, film, digital tech) which mediate it

Abdullah Yildiz

Dr Nigel Harwood, Dr Richard Steadman-Jones A comparative analysis of language teaching textbooks from the perspective of publishers and consumers