MemberEmma Herbert-Davies

…University Of Leeds…
…MA Medieval Studies University of Leeds 2018-19

BA History (Hons) University of Leeds 2015-18

Foundation in Arts and Humanities University of Leeds 2014-15…

I am currently completing an MA in Medieval Studies at the University of Leeds. My undergraduate dissertation explored how horses were used in manuscript art to reflect the status and gender of their riders. My master’s dissertation carries on the equine theme through a study of violence and injury to horses in medieval tournaments. I will begin my PhD in September and my thesis will be based on researching the equestrian equipment used in tournaments and warfare, with a focus on horse armour. My supervisors will be Dr Alan Murray (University of Leeds) and Dr Karen Watts (Royal Armouries, Leeds). I have ridden, trained and competed horses for most of my life and also have a keen interest in numismatics, having spent much of my undergraduate time cataloging and digitising the University of Leeds coin collections (@winchestercoins).  

MemberSheryl McDonald Werronen

…PhD, University of Leeds (2013)

MA, University of Leeds (2009)

BA (Hons), University of Victoria (2008)…


  • 2018–2019:  Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 2016–2018:  Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow, University of Copenhagen (Denmark)
  • 2014–2016:  Visiting Researcher, University of Kent (UK)
  • 2011–2012:  Seminar Leader, University of Leeds (UK)
  • 2011–2013:  SSHRC Doctoral Fellow, University of Leeds (UK)


  • Old Norse literature
  • Manuscripts, history of the book, editing, and relationships between old and new media (including Digital Humanities)
  • Medieval English literature
  • Marginal(ized) literature beyond the confines of the canon
  • Early Modern literature and afterlives of medieval texts

MemberKirsty Day

2011–2015 PhD in History, University of Leeds (awarded in January 2016). Title: ‘Constructing Dynastic Franciscan Identities in Bohemia and the Polish Duchies’. Supervisors: Professor Emilia Jamroziak and Dr Melanie Brunner. Examiners: Professor Gábor Klaniczay (Central European University) and Dr William Flynn (University of Leeds). Funded by the AHRC.
2010–2011 MA, Medieval and Renaissance Culture, University of Southampton, 2010– 2011 (Distinction)
2007–2010 BA, English and History, University of Sheffield, 2007–2010 (First Class Honours; recipient of the Sir Ian Kershaw Dissertation Prize for the best dissertation on a subject outside of British History)

I am a historian of medieval religion, with particular interests in women’s and gender history, and the history of Central Europe. I am currently a Teaching Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh. Previously, I was a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow at Aalborg University (2019-2021), a Teaching Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Edinburgh (2016-2019) and a Teaching Fellow in Medieval History at the University of Leeds (2015-2016).

MemberRebecca Elton

…University Of Leeds…
…(Current) PhD in French Studies at the University of Leeds (2018-2021). Researching masculinity in post WW2 French and British children’s literature. Supervised by Professor Diana Holmes and Dr Richard de Ritter.

MA by Thesis in Modern Languages at the University of Hull (2017-2018). Thesis title: Subverting Patriarchy and Appropriating Power into a Female Perspective in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire (1996-) and Maurice Druon’s Les Rois maudits (1955-77). Supervised by Dr Helena Chadderton.

BA French and English, 1st class with oral distinction in French.


I’m a current PhD candidate at the University of Leeds with a diverse range of interests relating to popular culture and literature, comparative studies, genre and gender. My thesis combines these interests by looking at portrayals of masculinity in post World War Two French and British children’s literature. I previously completed my MA thesis at the University of Hull, looking at feminine power in the internationally renowned A Song of Ice and Fire series and the French historical series that inspired it: Les Rois maudits.

MemberFraser McNair

I’m currently a visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds. The overall framework of my research is that of authority: how it was negotiated between different levels of power, how it operated in practice, and how it transformed between the earlier and later Middle Ages. To that end, my current research is focused on the relationship between bishops and kings between the late ninth and late eleventh centuries. In general terms, I am particularly interested in the production and use of documentary material, and in the relationship between life histories and historical processes.

MemberJoshua Rushton

…University Of Leeds/Arts and Humanities Research Council…

I am a Postgraduate Researcher at the University of Leeds working on early modern Catholic culture. Specifically, the project seeks to understand how ordinary Catholics in early modern Venice experienced and reacted to religious change. Drawing on a range of sources, including inquisitorial trials, confraternity records, and religious material culture, and print, my project investigates the Venetian laity’s relationship with the sacred during the Catholic Reform. How did ordinary Catholics in Counter-Reformation Venice interact with sacred powers? How did the laity work to cultivate a climate of sacred immanence in their daily spiritual lives? In asking these questions, my project contributes to the social history of the Counter-Reformation by bringing the ‘everyday’ Catholic to the centre of the study of religious culture. My research is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH).

MemberTom Quick

I’m a historian, with a particular interest in ecology, animal studies and the history of science, technology and medicine.   Over the last few years I’ve worked on developments in early nineteenth century zoology, mid nineteenth century physiological psychology, and the status of both media technologies and animal bodies in early twentieth century biology and medicine. My current work connects these themes to wider changes in imperial and economic organization in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century.   I completed my doctoral research at University College London, and have since held positions at the University of Leeds, the University of Oxford, and the Science Museum (London). I joined the University of Manchester as a Research Associate in 2017.

MemberDavid Harvie

…I have a BSc in Economics & Mathematics (1989), an MA in Economics (1993) and a PhD in Economics (2000), all awarded by University of Leeds….

Between 2005 and 2021 I was employed as lecturer/senior lecturer/associate professor in Finance & Political Economy at the University of Leicester. In 2021 I was made redundant from that institution as part of widespread restructuring. In the School of Business this took the form of a plan to ‘disinvest from research and scholarship in critical management studies and political economy‘. (This short video summarises the effect.) Along with other former colleagues, I am pursuing University of Leicester bosses through employment tribunal alleging unfair and unlawful dismissal. Prior to Leicester, I worked at Nottingham Trent University (1999–2005) and before that on various casualised research and lecturing contracts at University of Leeds (1993–1997). I am currently engaged in various projects, waged and unwaged, including consultancy for History UK, teaching at Leeds University Business School, and the creation of a Masters in Commons Administration.

MemberGreg Hollin

My name is Greg Hollin and I’m a Wellcome Research Fellow based in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at The University of Leeds – before this I was a lecturer in social theory at the same school. Before that I was based in the Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham. I’m interested in the sociology of science and medicine and my work is largely focused around two areas. Firstly, I’ve studied the role of cognitive psychology and neuroscience in emerging diagnoses. Much of my research here has focused upon autism but my current project (see below) is examining Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the context of contact sports. Secondly, I’m interested in new materialism and more-than-human research. I’ve examined these questions in relation to of the consolidation of Beagles as a breed of choice within laboratories but am also working on other cases.