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

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.

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.

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.

MemberBrett Greatley-Hirsch

I joined the University of Leeds as University Academic Fellow in Textual Studies and Digital Editing in 2016. Previously, I was an ARC Discovery Early Career Research Fellow and Assistant Professor of English at the University of Western Australia (2013–16). Before that, I held fellowships in Canada and the United Kingdom. My work focuses on early modern English literature, and in particular on the drama of Shakespeare and his predecessors and contemporaries. I am coordinating editor of Digital Renaissance Editions, and co-editor of Shakespeare, the journal of the British Shakespeare Association. My research agenda is split between three complementary elements: textual studies, computational stylistics, and literary and cultural history. For up-to-date information on my research, publications, and teaching activities, see

MemberThando Njovane

My primary research is mainly interdisciplinary and focuses on Psychoanalysis, Trauma Theory, Memory and Childhood, with specific reference to Postcolonialism and African Literature. This focus is informed by my abiding interest in how childhood is represented in literature, particularly when that childhood is traumatic. I also address questions around the efficacy of using Euro-American theories in relation to multiple postcolonial contexts.  In addition, my broader interests include Early Modern and Romantic literature and culture, experimental literatures ranging from speculative fiction to fantasy, feminisms and critical race theory. I am also cultivating an ongoing interest in issues surrounding higher education and what has popularly come to be known as ‘decolonialisation’. Consequently, some of my work is with colleagues at the Rhodes University Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning(CHERTL).   I also have an ongoing interest in both conducting and fostering interdisciplinary research, an interest which culminated in the founding of Finding Africain 2014, a network whose events are supported by the University of Leeds Centre for African Studies(LUCAS).

MemberElton Barker

I’m a Reader in Classical Studies, having joined The Open University as a Lecturer in July 2009. Before then, I had been a Tutor and Lecturer at Christ Church, Oxford (2004-9), and also lectured at Bristol, Nottingham and Reading. I came to Classical Studies late – my “A” levels were in English, Geography and Mathematics. I studied Classical Civilisation at the University of Leeds, and went on to do a Masters in Greek Civilisation there, and then, in order to learn the languages, a further Masters in Greek and Latin at Ohio State University in the USA. For my PhD, I studied in Cambridge (Pembroke College), where I investigated representations of verbal contest – or agon – in different ancient Greek genres, under the supervision of Simon Goldhill and Paul Cartledge. I have been a Junior Research Fellowship at Wolfson College, Cambridge (2002-4) and a Visiting Fellow at Venice International University (2003-4). From 2012-2013 I had a Research Fellowship for Experienced Researchers awarded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation for research at the Freie Universität Berlin and the University of Leipzig. I have been awarded a Graduate Teaching Award from Pembroke College (Cambridge) and twice won awards from the University of Oxford for an Outstanding Contribution to Teaching.