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Tom Almeroth-Williams ( was awarded his York PhD in history on the topic of horses and livestock in Hanoverian London. This research formed the basis of his first book, City of Beasts: How animals shaped Georgian London (MUP, 2019)  which he completed as a Research Associate of the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies. In addition to human–animal interactions, his main interests lie in urban life and the world of work in Georgian Britain. Tom is the University of Cambridge’s Research Communications Manager for the Arts & Humanities. He is available for media interviews and consultancy.

Elizabeth Bobbitt ( was awarded her PhD in English Literature from the University of York in 2019. Her research focuses on Ann Radcliffe's "post-1797" texts, posthumously published by Radcliffe's husband in 1826. She is particularly interested in how Radcliffe's later work interrogates Britain's medieval and ancient past. Since completing her PhD, Elizabeth has continued to research and teach, most recently at Schreiner University in Kerrville,Texas. She recently published her first article entitled "The Mist of Death is on Me: Ann Radcliffe's Unexplained Supernatural in Gaston de Blondeville" in Horror Literature from Gothic to Post-Modern: Critical Essays (McFarland Press). 
Jessica Clement ( completed her BA in English at UCLA and holds both her MA and PhD in English from the University of York. Her thesis explored Elizabeth Singer Rowe’s engagement with poetry as a means to convey various aspects of Dissent and her wider religious community. Following maternity leave, Jessica is currently publishing articles on Dissenting theology, epic poetry, and politics during the years of the Restoration, as well as completing preliminary research for her first monograph on the study of Dissent and women’s writing, looking particularly at the intersection of melancholy and Calvinist theology. 
Stephanie Howard-Smith ( works on the cultural history of animals in the long eighteenth century. Stephanie completed her PhD exploring the role of lapdogs in eighteenth-century British culture and society at Queen Mary University of London in 2018. Her published work includes essays on a dog cull in 1760 London and porcelain pugs. Stephanie has taught in both the History and English departments at QMUL, was a Teaching Fellow in the History Department at the University of York and has lectured in English at the University of Greenwich. In 2016 Stephanie was the principal curator of an exhibition on animals in the life and art of William Hogarth at Hogarth’s House, London. She has also worked as a research administrator on the AHRC-funded Pet Histories and Wellbeing project.  
Charles Martindale ( is Chair of the York Georgian Society. He read Literae Humaniores at the University of Oxford, and subsequently took a B Phil in Greek and Latin Languages and Literature there; in 1991 he was awarded a doctorate by publication at the University of Bristol. He taught at the University of Sussex from 1974 to 1988, and then at the University of Bristol, where he was appointed Professor of Latin in 1992 and was from 2009 to 2013, Dean of the Faculty of Arts. He retired from Bristol in January 2013, and from September 2013 joined the York Department of English and Related Languages in a part-time capacity. He was a pioneer of what is sometimes called 'the new Latin'. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to Virgil (1997), and has published widely on Latin poetry from Catullus to Juvenal and on English/Classics literary relations, with books on Milton and Shakespeare. Together with Sarah Annes Brown he has also edited Nicholas Rowe's classic translation of Lucan's Pharsalia (1998). He enjoys collaborative work, and has edited, or co-edited, 8 collections to date, the last being volume 3, 1660-1790, of The Oxford History of Classical Reception in English Literature. From 1993-6 he was Principal Investigator on a 3-year research project, funded by the Leverhulme Trust: 'Receptions of Rome in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries'. From 2002-4 he was awarded a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship to write a monograph Latin Poetry and the Judgement of Taste arguing for the importance of beauty and the aesthetic in our response to the arts, subsequently published by OUP.
Fiona Milne ( completed her PhD in English at York in 2019. Her thesis was on the prosecutions of radical writers during the Romantic period. She is currently working on her first book, Romantic Character and the Law: British Radicalism and Self-Defence, 1792-1832, which explores the relationship between literary and legal histories of character in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Fiona has held research fellowships at the Huntington Library (California) and the University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections. She has taught courses in the Department of English and Related Literature and the Centre for Lifelong Learning at York.

Madeleine Pelling ( completed her PhD at York in 2018, and was the recipient of the History of Art Department doctoral scholarship. Her research focuses on material and visual culture in the eighteenth century, with particular emphasis on the history of collecting. She is currently preparing a monograph, The Portland Museum: Collecting, Craft and Conversation, c. 1750 -1786, and has published work in Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Journal 18: a journal of eighteenth-century art and culture and Early Modern Women: An Interdisciplinary Journal.

Madeleine has taught in the History of Art Department at the University of York, and currently sits as an ECR member on the editorial board for History, journal of the Historical Association. She has held a Georgian Papers Programme Fellowship, a British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies/Queen Mary Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies Early Career Researcher Visiting Fellowship and a Lewis Walpole Library travel grant.


Alice Rhodes
( Alice Rhodes completed her PhD at York in 2021. Her thesis examined speech production in British literature in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the work of Erasmus Darwin, John Thelwall and Percy Bysshe Shelley and she is currently working on her first monograph, The Matter of Speaking: Bodies and Voices in Romantic Literature. More broadly, her research interests include: the intersection between environmental and medical humanities; eighteenth- and nineteenth-century medicine, technology, and life sciences; Romantic era politics; and materialist philosophy. She has taught in the University of York’s Department of English and Related Literature and Writing Centre and has had articles published in Essays in Romanticism and European Romantic Review.


Yusuke Wakazawa ( is an intellectual historian of eighteenth-century Britain, chiefly of the Scottish Enlightenment, trained in Philosophy and English. He is particularly interested in David Hume as a distinctive man of letters, and discusses him along with representative figures of eighteenth-century literature including James Boswell and Tobias Smollett. He has studied and researched in three countries: the UK (Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of York), the US (New York University), and Japan (Keio University and the University of Tokyo). In 2019, he completed his JASSO-funded doctorate in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York. His postdoctoral project aims to trace the intellectual genealogy of the Addisonian model of philosophy and conversation in the long eighteenth century.

Christopher Webster ( is an architectural historian who has specialised in the buildings of late-Georgian England, and published extensively on the subject. Currently, he is nearing completion of the first monograph on church-building and churchgoing at that time – the subject of his PhD – which will be a major reassessment of the issues surrounding style for the period’s ecclesiastical projects. He is also interested in the development of the architectural profession in the provinces in the early-nineteenth century, with several publications on West Yorkshire architects, their training and their patrons.  He has retired after a long career in higher education and is delighted now to have an attachment to the University of York and again be part of an academic community.
Joanna Wharton ( works on literary-scientific cultures of Romantic Britain and Ireland. She gained her MA and PhD in English at York and published her first book, Material Enlightenment: Women Writers and the Science of Mind, 1770-1830(Boydell, 2018), as an Early Career Fellow at Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study. Joanna has essays in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century StudiesJournal of Literature and Science, and Anna Letitia Barbauld: New Perspectives (Bucknell, 2013), and is developing a second monograph project on the literary history of optical telegraphy, with a particular focus on the collaborative writings of Maria and Richard Lovell Edgeworth.