Research Centre Staff



Professor Ian Haywood

Ian is an expert on print culture in the Romantic Period and his most recent book entitled Romanticism and Caricature (Cambridge University Press, 2013) has been completed with the aid of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship. Other areas of interest include Romanticism and illustration, literary forgery, working-class writing, Chartism, and popular women's texts of the postwar period. In 2015 Ian was elected President of the British Association of Romantic Studies (BARS).

Professor Martin Priestman

Professor Martin Priestman
Martin’s research interests lie in both Romantic period literature and crime fiction. He has particular interests in Cowper, Erasmus Darwin, freethought and scientific poetry, and his monograph, The Poetry of Erasmus Darwin: Enlightened Spaces, Romantic Times was published by Ashgate in 2013


Professor Zachary Leader

Professor Zachary Leader
Zachary ‘s major research interests are the English Romantic Period, post-war British writing, contemporary American fiction and theories of writing, editing and revision. He has published widely in Romantic Period literature. His recent publications include the Oxford World Classics edition of Shelley’s works. In addition he reviews widely for the TLS, LRB, the Guardian, the Observer, the Independent on Sunday and the New York Times Book Review.

Dr Susan Matthews
Susan is a specialist on William Blake. Her recent monograph on the poet is entitled, Blake, Sexuality and Bourgeois Politeness (Cambridge University Press, 2011). She also has research interests in the visual arts and public culture in the Romantic period; literature and the Bible; and philanthropy and the politics of fertility, particularly in relation to Jonas Hanway and Hannah More

mary shannon

Dr Mary L. Shannon
Mary was appointed (October 2013) to a two-year postdoctoral post to work with the 'Romantic Illustration' project.'  She is working on a postdoctoral project about the networks of writers, artists, and booksellers who operated on and around the Strand in the early nineteenth century.

Dr Kate Teltscher

Dr Kate Teltscher
Kate’s research focuses on the history of cultural contact between Britain and Asia in the colonial period. She works on travel accounts, colonial writing and lexicography. Her The High Road to China (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the James Tait Black Memorial prize in 2006.

Dr Shelley Trower
Shelley’s main research areas lie in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature and culture. Specific interests include the relationship between literature and science, place and nation, sound studies and oral history, and, most recently, reading. Her first monograph, Senses of Vibration: A History of the Pleasure and Pain of Sound was published by Continuum in 2012.


Professor David Worrall

David was appointed Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Research in Romanticism in 2014. David's work spans several fields, including William Blake, radical print culture and, more recently, Romantic-era theatre. His most recent book is Celebrity, Performance, Reception: British Georgian Drama as Social Assemblage (Cambridge, 2013). He is currently working on a monograph provisionally entitled Theatre and Nation, which will investigate the distribution of ideologies of patriotism through London and provincial theatre in the Romantic period.

External Members

Dr Diane Piccitto
Diane is Assistant Professor of English at Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada. Prior to joining the Mount, she was a lecturer at Plymouth University, England. Her first monograph, Blake's Drama: Theatre, Performance, and Identity in the Illuminated Books, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2014. Her research and teaching interests include drama, visual and performance culture, and identity.

Dr Emma Trehane
Emma is a lecturer, researcher and writer with an interest in the long eighteenth-century and Romantic literature. Her area of expertise is on the poet John Clare (1793-1864) and she is the leading authority on Eliza Louisa Emmerson (1782-1854), the friend and patron of John Clare. Dr Trehane is particularly interested in how Emmerson utlized her connections with the Coleridge circle, to allow her to engage in the literary patronage of both Derwent Coleridge and John Clare, circulate their works, give rise to new ideas among the provincial middle class about literature in general, and how she creates new literary coteries, where literary experimentation and ideas of taste could be developed.

Dr Catherine Boyle
Catherine is Senior Lecturer at London South Bank University. She has a PhD from Roehampton University. Her research interests are Percy Bysshe Shelley, Romanticism, politics, book history and applied linguistics. Forthcoming articles include: 'Percy Bysshe Shelley, the newspapers of 1819 and the language of poetry', Gramma Journal of Theory and Criticism, and (with Phil Vellender) 'Using Romantic Literature in the EAP classroom', for the Romantic Circles Pedagogy Commons.

Dr Danielle Barkley
Danielle completed her PhD at McGill University. She specializes in work on the silver fork novel, a popular genre that sought to represent lifestyles of the wealthy elite to late Romantic and early Victorian readers. Her wider research interests include the representation of objects and commodities, and studies of genre in nineteenth-century fiction. She currently works as a lecturer at both McGill University and Bishop's University.

Prof Duncan Wu
Georgetown University, Washington

Dr Brycchan Carey
Kingston University