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HRC Doctoral Fellows

Doctoral Fellowships at the HRC are awarded following an internal competition for outstanding third-year PhD students at the University of York. Initial nomination is by the student’s supervisor. The final of the Fellowship competition is judged by a panel of academics from across the arts and humanities with external representation. The criteria for nomination are intellectual achievement and potential, and the final presentations are judged on the candidates' capacity to communicate high-quality research clearly and engagingly to a non-specialist audience.

More about the HRC Doctoral Fellowships competition

2020-21 Doctoral Fellows

Bella Powell (School of Arts and Creative Technologies)

  • The causation and perpetuation of the prohibition on women’s violin playing in nineteenth-century England

Rui Qi Choo (Language and Linguistic Science)

  • The building blocks of syllable shape and tone in learning Mandarin: A longitudinal and experimental analysis

Luke Townend (Philosophy)

  • Purely Evaluative Moral Realism: Ethics without Obligations

Marte Stinis (History of Art)

  • Music as Aesthetic Ideal and Victorian Aesthetic Painting

Brendan Whitmarsh (English and Related Literature)

  • Authority and Representation in Henry James and Queer Theory

Kirstin Barnard (History)

  • Negotiating Boundaries: Sociability and Neighbourliness in Late Medieval England

Aubrey Steingraber (Archaeology)

  • Making a Medieval Border: Power, Place and the Archaeology of the Medieval Anglo-Scottish Borderland, c. 1200-1500

Rosamund Portus (School of Arts and Creative Technologies)

  • Extinction Studies: Imagining a World Without Bees

The 2020 Doctoral Fellowships finals took place online due to Covid-19.  You can watch the finalists' presentations on the HRC YouTube channel

2021-22 Doctoral Fellows

Claudia Nader Jaime (School of Arts and Creative Technologies)

  • ASMR: sound interventions for wellbeing in adolescents

Heather Turner (L&LS)

  • Language Attitudes in Azerbaijan

Francesca Curtis (History of Art)

  • Beyond Treading Water: Mediating Ocean Ecologies for a Posthuman Global Imagination

Eleanor Byrne (Philosophy)

  • Fatigue: A Philosophical Investigation

Holly Day (History)

  • Women’s Life Writing in Later Georgian Memorandum Books

Taryn Bell (Archaeology)

  • The comfort of things: an archaeology of object attachment

Sharon Choe (English)

  • Deformed, Dismembered, and Disembodied: Reinventing the Body Politic in William Blake

Alice Masterson (School of Arts and Creative Technologies)

  • ‘Little Girl Blue’? The mediation and reception of the posthumous careers of female musicians

Emma Nuding (CMS)

  • Fenland Pilgrimage: Writing St Guthlac of Crowland, Medieval to Modern

2022-23 Doctoral Fellows

Katie Crowther (English and Related Literature)

  • Georgian Paper Traces: Women’s Stories, Ephemeral Texts and Hidden Objects

Daniel Kim (Philosophy)

  • Naive Realism and the Structure of Consciousness

Kate Harrison-Ledger (School of Arts and Creative Technologies)

  • "Body as performing subject, body as compositional object: the pianist's embodied practice in the context of composer-performer collaborations."

Susie Beckham (History of Art)

  • Time in the label & the label in time: Interpreting the “Pre-Raphaelite” (1848-2022)

Margherita Belia (Language and Linguistic Science)

  • Does sleep help babies recognise new words in different voices? An online study.

Emma Marshall (History)

  • Social Dynamics and the Management of Sickness and Healthcare in English Gentry Households, c.1620-1750

Eleanor Green (Archaeology)

  • Curiouser and Curiouser: Tales from Extracting Ancient Biomolecules from Unusual Museum Collections

Past HRC doctoral fellows