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Editorial Board

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Lead Editors


Duncan Burnes

Duncan Burnes is a University of Sheffield graduate currently pursuing a PhD connecting the literary gothic and children's fiction from the eighteenth century to the present day.

Stacey Dunlea

Stacey graduated from University College Cork in 2005, where she studied Spanish and Economics. After a number of years working and travelling, she undertook an MA in Latin American Studies in Sheffield. She is now working towards a PhD in the same field.

Editorial Team


Anna Bloxam

Anna Bloxam completed her BA in Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol in 2011. She is currently in the second year of a part-time MSc in Human Osteology and Funerary Archaeology. Her research explores the funerary practices of the British Bronze Age, with a particular focus on the cremation burials from the earlier part of this period.

Stephanie Bryant

Stephanie Bryant is a final year undergraduate of the University of Sheffield, reading English Literature. Her passion lies with Romantic and Victorian literature, however she has a strong interest in contemporary fiction and poetry too. After graduating in the summer of 2013, Stephanie hopes to pursue a career in the publishing industry. Alongside her studies, Stephanie writes for student music webzine We Are Unseen, and her personal blog.

Kate Davison

Kate Davison graduated from Exeter University in 2011 before completing a masters degree in early modern history at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on the place of humour and laughter in society in the long eighteenth century. She is currently working towards a PhD in the History Department at Sheffield, which concentrates on the social world and publications of a network of humourists active in the decades after the Print Licensing Act lapsed in 1695.

Sacha Hepburn

Sacha Hepburn is a PhD Candidate in the Department of History at the University of Sheffield. Her doctoral research examines domestic labour, gender and migration in post-colonial Zambia. Before coming to Sheffield, Sacha completed an undergraduate degree in History at the University of Warwick and a Master’s degree in World History at the University of Manchester. Sacha co-convenes the Gender History Discussion Group in the Department of History.

Kate Gath

Kate Gath graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2012 with a BA Honours degree in English Literature. She is currently pursuing her MA specialising in early modern literature, also at the University of Sheffield. Kate’s main research interests include English Civil War texts, especially those of a politically ambiguous or republican nature. After completing her MA, Kate will be undertaking a PhD focusing upon Sir William Davenant and John Milton, both of whom were writing during the revolutionary decades.

Anna C. Jenkin

Anna C. Jenkin graduated from the University of Exter with a BA in History and French in 2011 before completing an MSc in the History of Science, Medicine and Technology at the University of Oxford (Balliol College). She began her AHRC funded PhD project at the University of Sheffield in September 2012. The project is entitled 'Perceptions of women who kill in eighteenth-century London and Paris' and explores what representations of murderous women reveal about gender roles in these two urban environments. Anna's other research interests include the history of insanity and psychiatry, the history of marriage and the Scientific Revolution.

Helena Kaldre

Helena Kaldre is a PhD candidate in the department of Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. She comes from Estonia, where she completed her previous studies. She hold a Master`s degree in Archaeology from the University of Tartu, specializing in the archaeology of prehistoric agricultural landscapes, mainly field systems. Her current research is on the long-term changes of agricultural practices and human-environment relationship in agricultural land-use in West Estonia. Her academic interests include also aerial archaeology, remote sensing and other non-destructive methods in archaeology.

Matthew Kerry

Matthew Kerry completed his BA in History and Hispanic Studies at the University of Sheffield before studying for an MA in Contemporary History at the University of Zaragoza (Spain). After two years in Spain, he began his PhD in modern Spanish history at Sheffield in 2011. His thesis concentrates on the mining communities of Asturias in northern Spain during the Second Republic (1931-6), specifically the formation and articulation of radical political identities and concepts of community. He is also co-convenor of the Modern History Group.

Joanna Kremer

Joanna Kremer is based in the Department of Germanic Studies at the Centre for Luxembourg Studies, which she joined in September 2011. Before starting her PhD in Sheffield, she completed a BA in Sociology at the University of Heidelberg, Germany and an MA in Historical Research at the University of Sheffield. Her current PhD research, supervised by Dr Kristine Horner, aims to identify the links between language and notions of identity and citizenship in contemporary Luxembourg. She intends to interview people who have recently applied for citizenship and have completed the Luxembourgish language test. The heart of her study will be participants’ narratives of citizenship and identity.

Ángela Lavilla Cañedo

Ángela Lavilla Cañedo completed a BSc at the University of Oviedo (Spain) in 2010 and an MA in Gender Studies at the University of Zaragoza (Spain) in 2011. She is currently based in the Hispanic Studies Department at the University of Sheffield, where she is working towards a PhD. Her thesis explores the representations of menstruation in Contemporary Latin American and Spanish literature and visual culture from a feminist and comparative perspective.

David Powell

David Powell completed both his BA (Philosophy and Hispanic Studies) and MA (Latin American Studies) at the University of Sheffield, and is now working towards his PhD. His MA dissertation looked at the authoritarian regimes of Alberto Fujimori and Augusto Pinochet, and his current work looks at the political evolution of the Peruvian author Mario Vargas Llosa.

Eloise Roberts

Following on from a BA in German with Polish and an MA in German at the University of Sheffield, Eloise is in the first year of a PhD jointly supervised between German and History. Her PhD project will look at ways of linking the political poetry of the poet and journalist Heinrich Heine to wider discussions of nation and national identity in 1840s Germany. Eloise’s research interests include nineteenth-century German and Polish history, nineteenth-century German literature, early nineteenth-century nationalism and the construction/ invention of nation and national identity.

Abigail Taylor

Abigail graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2009 with a BA Honours in French Studies. She remained in Sheffield in 2010 to complete an MA (Research) in French Studies. Abigail followed the Sociological Pathway in the MA which focused on social exclusion, the informal economy and gender studies. Following a year working in the public sector and after missing the world of French Studies and academia, Abigail returned to Sheffield in autumn 2011 to commence a PhD on child poverty in France and England. Her PhD studies are funded by a University Prize Scholarship.

Giulia Vollono

Giulia Vollono is currently a PhD student in the Department of Archaeology, University of Sheffield, conducting research into the construction of Lombard identity in Early Medieval Italy. She obtained the Laurea Triennale in Archaeology and the Laurea Magistrale in Medieval Archaeology from the Siena University, Italy. Subsequently she moved to Sheffield in 2011 where she completed the MA in European Historical Archaeology.

Amy Whitell

Amy Whitell is a postgraduate taught student at the University of Sheffield studying for a MA in English Literature (Creative Writing) following completion of a BSc Biomedical Science also at the University of Sheffield. Her interests lie in the relationship between science and literature and the effect that current cultural understanding of scientific topics has on social morality and concepts of humanity's origin and fate. These ideas are explored in her prose writings and she is in the process of writing a novel. Outside of writing, Amy is a small business owner and charity trustee.


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