Research Centre Students

The expertise and resources in the NCRCL attracts students from around the world to pursue PhD study. As such our cohort of research students is engaged in a diverse range of research areas producing work at the forefront of children's literature scholarship. 


Nick Campbell
The title of Nick's PhD is 'Inherent in the Landscape: The Neo-Romantic in Post-War British Children's Literature'.

He was awarded the Jacqueline Wilson scholarship for doctoral study in 2011.

Laura Gaudino

Laura Gaudino
Laura's research is in the area of Italian children's literature.

Erica Gillingham
Erica's research is entitled 'Queer Young Adult Novels for the 21st Century: Ideologies of a New Generation'.

Anne Malewski

Anne's thesis is entitled: 'Growing Sideways: Shifting Boundaries between Childhood and Adulthood in Twenty-First Century British Fiction'.

Sinead Moriarty
Sinead's research centres around landscape with the title "Of Wild Places: Wilderness in British and Irish Children's Literature".

She was awarded a Vice Chancellor's Studentship for her research in 2012.

Sarah Pyke

Sarah's thesis is entitled: 'Queer readers remember: the textual and extratextual afterlives of childhood reading for LGBTQ adults'. Sarah is an AHRC funded student, involved in the "Memories of Fiction" project.

Manuela Salvi

Manuela's creative writing thesis is entitled: 'The Disempowered Author: Pre-censorship, Self-censorship, and the Challenge of Children's Literature'. Manuela was awarded the Jacqueline Wilson Scholarship, 2015.

Rebecca Sutton

Rebecca's project is titled 'Inside/Outside: Contested Spaces in Young Adult Literature set in Israel/Palestine'.

Kay Waddilove
Kay is researching images of motherhood in children's literature in the 1950s.


Completed PhDs

The list below shows some of our recently completed PhDs

Dr Noga Applebaum
Control Shift: Interfaces of Technology and Children's Literature Through the Dimension of science Fiction Written for Children. Awarded 2008. (AHRC Funded).

Her monograph Representations of Technology in Science Fiction for Young People was published by Routledge in 2009.

Dr Judy Bainbridge

'Storybook Schools: representations of schools and schooling in British children's literature, 1820-1880'. Awarded 2015.

Dr Julie Cross
The 'Highs' and 'Lows' of Humour: Funny Junior Fiction from 1960 Onwards. Awarded 2009.

Her monograph Humor in Contemporary Junior Literature was published by Routledge in 2011.

Dr Simon Machin

'Ripping Yarns: the Breaking of Masculine Codes in 'Boy's Own' Adventure Stories, 1855-1940'. Awarded 2015. 

Dr Liz Thiel
The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal. Awarded 2006.

Her monograph The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal was published by Routledge in 2007.

Karen Williams

Karen Williams
Karen works on humour in children's literature during the period 1800-1840


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