Associates (Postgraduate)


Alexandra Abletshauser is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. Her thesis explores how English-Canadian and French-Canadian women writers from diverse ethnic backgrounds use emotions to engage with contemporary political and social issues at the turn of the century, such as alcoholism and temperance, animal rights, imperialism and race. Furthermore, she interrogates how the conventions of literature of sentiment are used and adapted by English-Canadian and by French-Canadian writers. (Email:


Clare Brown is a PhD student at the University of Glasgow.  Her current AHRC-funded research centres on the study of Victorian foreign missions, focusing on Scottish missionary societies working in southern and south-central Africa. As well as the history of Scottish missions, she is interested in the periodical press, particularly evangelical and missionary publications, and in issues of image-text interactions. The production, use, and distribution of magic lantern slides forms another central part of her work, viewed as a significant aspect of missionary visual culture, educationally, culturally and theologically. She also has an interest in Victorian fine and ecclesial art, including the work of the Pre-Raphaelites, the Oxford Movement, and art and photography depicting the Holy Land. (Email:


Lois Burke is a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research, which is funded by a University Anniversary Scholarship, examines British girlhood in the long nineteenth century by focusing on girls’ published and manuscript life writings, and the literature cited in them. She is a co-founder of the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland (PGRNS) and she works closely with the Museum of Childhood and the Scottish Early Literature for Children Initiative (SELCIE.) (Email:


Juliet Conway is a PhD student at Edinburgh University. Her research project focuses on the depiction of the flirt figure in American and British fiction from the late nineteenth century to early twentieth. Her research uses the elusive & chameleon like figure of the flirt as a lens to explore representations of femininity and sexuality in a period where traditional models of womanhood were becoming increasingly unstable. She is particularly interested in how the flirt relates to the angel/whore dichotomy commonly represented in Victorian fiction & how she functions as a device by which authors may discreetly challenge patriarchal gender models without overtly discussing the taboo subjects of female sexuality, power or adultery. (Email:


Erin Farley is a PhD student at the University of Strathclyde, undertaking an AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Dundee Central Library, where she works primarily with material held in the Local History archives, including the A.C. Lamb Collection. Her research focuses on the many poetry and song communities active in Victorian Dundee, including those centred on popular newspapers like the People’s Journal, and the Poet’s Box broadside printing shops. Erin’s research interests include the interactions between print and performance, and between place and creativity; and she is working to contextualise and improve access to local history material through a range of public engagement activities. (Email:; blog:


Adam Gordon is currently a PhD student at the University of Glasgow. His project is focused upon the British and French Intelligence Services from 1870-1914. His aim is to explore the major factors that drove the evolution of the two nations’ Intelligence Services; to discover why these services took the forms they did, and how different or similar the process was between the two nations. He particularly hopes to determine the impact of Victorian political culture upon the evolution of Britain’s Intelligence Services, and to closely examine the relationship between these Services and the Victorian state. (Email:


Charlotte is a second year collaborative PhD student at the University of Strathclyde and the National Library of Scotland. Her thesis explores Scottish national identity in popular literary magazines produced in Scotland between 1870 and 1920, with a particular focus on the People’s Friend magazine. She is interested in Scottish history, literature and culture since the 1800s. Current points of research are Kailyard literature, Scottish modernist magazines and working-class provincial writing.


Louise Logan is a second year PhD student at the University of Strathclyde. Her thesis examines the representation of human-animal relations in the nineteenth-century tabloid newspaper the Illustrated Police News from 1864-1910, and brings together perspectives from animal studies, periodical studies and urban studies. Her research is funded by an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership award from the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities. (Email:


Karen is a Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities ARCS funded PhD Candidate at the University of Glasgow & The Glasgow School of Art. Her thesis, The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists 1880-1938, will provide a comprehensive overview of women’s direct involvement within the design industries in Glasgow. The research investigates women’s artistic production, impact and networks both within a local and international context. As part of her PhD she is undertaking an internship with Four Acres Charitable Trust who are responsible for breathing new life into historic buildings including Cottiers Theatre and Websters Theatre. As part of the internship she obtained Heritage Lottery Fund funding for the Women, War & the West End Project and traveling exhibition (Email:


Duncan Milne is a PhD candidate and a member of the Centre for Literature and Writing at Edinburgh Napier University. He is currently working towards a thesis on the mediation and development of Robert Louis Stevenson’s critical reception. His work as a research assistant at Edinburgh Napier University involves working on the Robert Louis Stevenson website and in keeping the Ernest and Joyce Mehew Stevenson Collection. (Email:


John Minto is a SGSAH AHRC funded PHD candidate situated at the University of Dundee. His research is focused on the phenomenological aspects of cultural well-being. The aim is to bring together the thought of William Morris and Martin Heidegger so as to productively critique several issues ranged under the concept of cultural well-being (including work and educational practice, social housing policy, as well as health care initiatives). The research will explore the practical and theoretical function of aesthetic experience (such as: myth-making, story-telling, artistry, craftsmanship, and poetry) in relation to the development of alternative modes of being-in-the-world. His interests include: the political aesthetic that arose out of the Victorian era, indebted to Robert Carlyle and John Ruskin and developed by Morris; the reception of Norse and Medieval literature within the Victorian period, in particular the influences on Morris that helped shape his distinct medieval values; and the emerging technological structure of the Victorian era, and the metaphysical attitudes that contributed to the industrial revolution and beyond. (Email:


Ashley Dee is a PhD researcher with the Open University based in Edinburgh, having completed her MA (Hons) and MSc with the University of Edinburgh. Her thesis investigates unacceptable marital behaviour in Victorian Glasgow and is funded by the Open University’s Graduate School Scholarship. Her wider research interests include family history, criminal justice history and gender history. Ashley continues to be involved with the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland (PGRNS) having previously been on the committee. (Email:; Twitter: @itsashleydee)


Lauren Weiss has recently completed her PhD at the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde. Her research investigates literary clubs and societies in Glasgow during the long nineteenth century, and uses the evidence from the city’s associational culture as a means to study its communal reading practices, which included the production of society manuscript magazines. In 2017, she was awarded the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP) Field Development Grant with Prof Kirstie Blair (University of Strathclyde) and Dr Michael Sanders (University of Manchester).  Also in 2017, along with Blair and Dr Katie Halsey (University of Stirling), she was awarded funding from the Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow for the project, ‘Glasgow Historic Literary Societies Online’ (Glasgow’s Literary Bonds), which provides an online bibliographic resource for these societies and provides contextual information. (Email:


Helen Williams is currently a PhD student at Edinburgh Napier University’s Scottish Centre for the Book, funded by a University Anniversary Scholarship. She is researching print trade networks in Scotland’s regional print economy in the nineteenth century. The research relates to a larger ‘Printers on the move project’ which looks at mobility in the print trade throughout the Anglophone world. Helen has a long-standing interest in the heritage of Scotland’s printing industry. She has been the Secretary of the Scottish Printing Archival Trust ( since 2008, and was the Project Manager for the Scotland-wide celebrations marking 500 years of printing in Scotland, 2007-2008. (Email:


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