Graduate Teaching Assistant
Gemma is a PhD candidate under the supervision of Professor Jason Edwards. She is currently investigating imperialist rhetorics embodied in the monumental canon of Westminster Abbey from 1660, with particular focus on the gendered and racial dynamics of sculpture, colonial bodies, and queer narratives. Her previous written work has explored baroque sculpture in Britain and Europe, the materiality of painting, the relationship between architecture and power, and political pageantry in the long sevententh century. Her wider interests include print culture and popular politics, the intersection between domestic and public spheres, the development of fashions and beauty standards, and the emergence of speculative finance and circulation of paper currency. Gemma completed her BA Hons in History (with preliminary joint honours in politics) at St Hilda’s College, Oxford in 2017, and finished her MA in Eighteenth Century Studies at York in 2018.