Current Research Students

At York, we have have one of the largest and most diverse PhD communities in the UK, with over 80 registered research students.

A selection of the wide-ranging research undertaken by our PhD students can be viewed below.

Many of our PhD graduates have transformed their PhD research into monographs.

Click here for some recent examples of PhD monographs

Current PhD Students

NameThesis Title & Supervisor
Lola Boorman

“Make grammar do”: the institutional and pedagogical impact of grammar on modern and contemporary American literature. 

Supervisor: Dr Adam Kelly

Jennifer Buckley

From Fact to Fictionality: Essay-Periodicals and Literary Novelty

Supervisors: Prof. Jon Mee and Dr Alison O'Byrn

Sharon Choe

Deformed, Dismembered, Disembodied: Re-inventing the Body Politic in William Blake     

Supervisor: Prof. Jon Mee                                

Rebecca Drake

The sea in Middle English romance and Old Norse-Icelandic fornaldarsögur

Supervisors: Dr Nicola McDonald and Dr Matthew Townend

Tom Fletcher

The Representation of Disability in English-language Poetry: British and American Perspectives 

Supervisors: Dr Alice Hall and Prof Matt Campbell                                       

Fiona Hobbs-Milne

A question of character: censorship and the political courtroom in British writing, 1792-1824

Supervisor: Prof Jon Mee

Antony Huen

Contemporary Poets, the Visual Arts, and Ekphrasis  

Supervisor: Prof Hugh Haughton

Richard Lukey

Global Novel Time: Liberal Subjectivities, the Chronotope and Globalisation in McEwan, DeLillo and Coetzee

Supervisor: Prof David Attwell

Jonathan McGovern

Anti-Sedition Literature in England, 1536-1570

Supervisor: Prof Brian Cummings                                                

Diana Mudura

Echolalias; or Retrieving Lost Languages in J. M. Coetzee's Post-apartheid Writing

Supervisor: Prof David Attwell

Kyra Piperides

‘A place cannot produce poems: it can only not prevent them’: Philip Larkin and northern English poetry.

Supervisor: Prof Matthew Campbell 

Madeline Potter

Anglican Forms and Difficulties in the Poetry of Geoffrey Hill

Supervisors: Dr James Williams and Prof Hugh Haughton                        

Jun Qiang

Place and Space in Edith Wharton's Fiction

Supervisor: Dr Victoria Coulson

Alice Rhodes

“Mechanic Art and Elocutionary Science”: Speech Production in British Literature, 1770s-1820s

Supervisor: Dr Mary Fairclough

Lilian Tabois

Historiography in the works of British women travel writers, 1780-1840

Supervisor: Dr Emma Major

Anjali Vyas-Brannick

Theorising Biocitizenship, 1550-1700

Prof Helen Smith

PhD Graduates

NameYear of AwardThesis title and description
 Doug Battersby  2017

Knowing and Feeling in Late Modernist Fiction

Supervisors: Prof Derek Attridge and Prof John Bowen

 Melony Bethala  2018

Women, institutions and the politics of writing: A comparative study of contemporary Anglophone Irish and Indian women poets

Supervisors: Dr Claire Chambers and Prof Matt Campbell

Hannah Boast 2016

Representations of water in Israeli & Palestinian Literature


Supervisor(s): Ziad Elmarsafy

Marissa Bolin 2019

Married Women, Law, and the Novel, 1838-1882: Representations of Bigamy, Property Law, Ceremonial Law, Divorce and Separation in the Victorian Novel

Dr Emma Major

 Mildrid Bjerke  2015  Interested Disinterest: The Development of the Literature Study Guide


Supervisor(s): Richard Walsh

Emily Bowles    2018

Changing Representations of Charles Dickens, 1857-1939

Supervisor: Prof John Bowen

 Adam Bristow-Smith  2018

The Bildungsroman under Neoliberalism

Supervisor: Dr Adam Kelly

Sarah Cawthorne  2019

The Architectures of Knowledge: Spatial Metaphors in Seventeenth-Century Natural Philosophical Literature 

Supervisor: Dr Helen Smith   

Ashim Dutta  2018 Mystic Modernity: Yeats and Tagore

Supervisor(s): Dr Claire Chambers and Prof Matt Campbell

 Daisy Johnson  2018

Representations of space and place in British children's literature

Supervisor: Dr Richard Walsh    

 Indrani Karmakar  2018

Motherhood, Literature and Society in Indian Women's Writing

Supervisor: Dr Claire Chambers 

Ahmed Khaleel  2015

The Poetics of Human Rights: Auden and al-Jawahiri in the 1930s


Supervisor(s): Ziad Elmarsafy

 Jessica Lamothe  2018

Remedies Against Temptations: A Critical Edition of the Four Middle English Versions of William Flete's De Remediis Contra Temptaciones

Supervisor: Prof Linne Mooney

 Elly McCausland  2016  

Malory's Magic Book: King Arthur in Children's Literature, 1862-1960


Supervisor(s): Trev BroughtonMatthew Townend

Anna Mercer 2017

The Collaborative Literary Relationship of Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley      

Supervisors: Dr Jim Watt and Prof Harriet Guest            

 Jack Quin  2018

W.B. Yeats, Modernist Poetics and the Language of Sculpture

Supervisor: Prof Matthew Campbell

Joe Rollins 2019

From Apathy to Autonomy: Neoliberalism and American Fiction in the Long Nineties

Supervisor: Dr Adam Kelly     

Timothy Rowbotham  2019

Historicity and Fictionality in the Icelandic 'fornaldarsögur'

Supervisors: Prof Elizabeth Tyler and Dr Matthew Townend

Daniel South  2019 The Novel and the Public Sphere in the Internet Age

Supervisor: Dr Adam Kelly

Yu-Hua Yen  2018

Narrating Selves: The Narrative Integrity of Fictional Autobiographies

Supervisors: Professor Derek Attridge and Dr Richard Walsh