New Generation Thinkers Expert List

The following list is of researchers who are finalists of the AHRC's and BBC Radio3's New Generation Thinkers Scheme who are happy to speak to journalists and broadcasters about their research. It includes their research specialisms and contact details.

Please use the filter on the right hand side if you would like to narrow your search to particular areas of expertise.

Name and University NGT Year Area of Expertise Contact Details

Dr Victoria Donovan

University of St Andrews

2016

  • History and culture of Russia and the Soviet Union
  • Russian nationalism and patriotic politics in Putin's Russia
  • Heritage politics and architectural preservation in the Soviet Union and Russia
  • Local/provincial identities in Russia
  • Migration between the UK and Ukraine - specifically between mining communities in the South Wales Valleys and the Donbass
  • Soviet and contemporary Russian cinema
  • Russian revolution and its commemoration
  • Cultural memory: monuments, museums, memorials, anniversaries - especially those commemorating the Soviet past in twenty-first century Russia.
vsd2@st-andrews.ac.uk

David Petts

Department of Archaeology, Durham University

2011

  • Archaeology
  • Early medieval Britain
  • Roman Britain
d.a.petts@durham.ac.uk

Laurence Scott

 

Lecturer in English and Creative Writing

Arcadia University

2011

  • English Literature, Victorian to Modernism (esp. Forster, Woolf)
  • Digital Humanities - impacts of digital age on ideas of personhood
  • Gothic Literature and its cultural legacy
  • Cultural history of the desert
  • Representations of the city in literature and culture (esp. London and Paris)
scottl@arcadia.edu

Shahidha Bari

 

Queen Mary, University of London

2011

  • Clothes and Textile – Cultural history, psychology and philosophy of dress
  • Contemporary Philosophy – Existentialism, Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis
  • Romantic Poetry – Keats, Shelley, Byron, De Quincey
s.bari@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Zoe Norridge

 

King’s College London

2011

  • Cultural responses to genocide in Rwanda (literature, photography, film, memorial sites)
  • Conflict in African literature
  • Contemporary African photography
  • Comparative approaches to the genocide and conflict
  • Cultures of testimony and human rights
zoe.norridge@kcl.ac.uk
 

Dr Alexandra Harris

 

University of Liverpool

2011

  • British literature and painting
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Cultural history of weather and seasons
  • Literature and landscape
alexandra.harris@liverpool.ac.uk
 

Dr Charlotte Blease

 

Centre for Medical Humanities, University of Leeds

2012

  • Healthcare ethics, psychotherapy
  • Medical Ethics, Depression
  • Psychology of healthcare
  • Placebo studies
  • Evolutionary psychology
  • Psychology of social media and medical humanities
charlotte_blease@hotmail.com
 

Professor Nandini Das

 

University of Liverpool

2012

  • Renaissance and Elizabethan literature, art, culture, society & intellectual trends
  • Travel and discoveries, 16th and 17th century, and cross-cultural encounters, especially between the British and Asia, Africa, Middle-East and Far East
  • Renaissance (16th-17th c) theatre, including Shakespeare
  • Shakespeare adaptations, especially in South Asia and India
  • Indian and particularly Bengali literature and culture (esp. till 19th century)
ndas@liverpool.ac.uk

Dr Emma Griffin

 

University of East Anglia

2012

  • Modern British History
  • Social life in Victorian Britain
  • Popular Culture
  • Everyday life
  • The Industrial Revolution
E.Griffin@uea.ac.uk

Assistant Professor Sue-Ann Harding

 

Translation and Interpreting Institute Hamad bin Khalifa University Qatar Foundation

2012

  • Social narrative theory
  • Translation studies
  • The 2004 Bestan Hostage Crisis, reporting and commemorating
  • Literature and national narratives in Qatar
sharding@qf.org.qa

Joshua Nall

 

Whipple Museum of the History of Science, University of Cambridge

2012

  • History of astronomy / astrophysics, 1800 to present (Specialist subject = Mars / extraterrestrial life)
  • History of scientific instruments and material culture of science
  • History of science museums
jonathan.healey@history.ox.ac.uk

Timothy Secret

 

University of Winchester

2012

  • Modern European Philosophy from Descartes to Derrida
  • Death, Mourning and Eulogy
  • Freudian and post-Freudian Psychoanalysis
  • The Philosophy of Modern Art
  • Philosophy, Atheism and Religion
timothy.secret@winchester.ac.uk

Dr Matthew Smith

 

University of Strathclyde

2012

  • History of psychiatry and mental health
  • History of allergy and immunology
  • History of food and nutrition
  • History of childhood
  • Environmental history
m.smith@strath.ac.uk

Dr Louisa Uchum Egbunike

Manchester Metropolitan University

2016

  • Nationhood in African literature
  • Igbo Cultural Studies
  • African women's writing
  • African diaspora literature
  • African speculative fiction
  • Black internationalism
  • Black British Literature
  • Narratives of migration
L.Egbunike@mmu.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Dillon

 

University of Cambridge

2013

  • Contemporary British fiction (post-WW2)
  • Contemporary British and North American independent cinema/film (post 1980s)
  • The contemporary relationship between science and literature (post C.P. Snow)
  • Science fiction (literature and film)
  • Feminist criticism and theory (gender, sexuality, intimacy, women's rights)
sjd27@cam.ac.uk
 

Jules Evans

 

Centre for the History of Emotions, Queen Mary, University of London

2013

  • Ancient philosophy and how it influenced modern therapy (CBT) and the modern politics of well-being, character and resilience
  • The history of ecstasy and altered states of consciousness in western society from ancient Greece to the modern day
  • The relationship between altered states, the arts (especially music and cinema) and catharsis or emotional healing
  • The different ways people seek and make sense of transcendence in post-religious western societies
  • Rock and roll, rave and other forms of popular music as a means to trance, ecstatic or transcendent experiences in modern cultures
j.evans@qmul.ac.uk

Dr Alice Hall

 

University of York

2013

  • Representations of disability, health and illness in literature
  • Twentieth and twenty-first century American and African-American literature
  • Disability studies, medical humanities, memory studies
alice.hall@york.ac.uk

Dr Christopher Harding

 

University of Edinburgh

2013

  • Modern history of India and Japan
  • Indian/Japanese religion and philosophy
  • Psychiatry/psychotherapy in India/Japan
  • Influence of Asian ideas on Western culture, including spirituality and therapy
christopher.harding@ed.ac.uk

Professor Sarah Peverley

 

University of Liverpool

2013

  • Medieval Literature and Culture
  • Medieval History (especially Wars of the Roses, kings and queens)
  • Mermaids and mythical creatures
  • Medieval and Renaissance Theatre, Shakespeare and Tudor Drama
  • Medievalisms in popular culture (Game of Thrones, King Arthur, Robin Hood etc.)
S.Peverley@liverpool.ac.uk

Dr Rebecca Steinfeld

 

Goldsmiths, University of London

2013

  • Biopolitics, especially the politics of genital alteration, politics of reproduction and politics of pregnancy and childbirth
  • Gender politics, especially women in academia, 'beauty as patriarchy’ and history of marriage and civil partnerships
  • Nationalism and colonialism, especially settler colonialism
  • Zionism and Palestinian nationalism; Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
  • The Holocaust, Anti-Semitism, UK Jewish Community
rebecca@rebeccasteinfeld.com

Gregory Tate

 

University of Surrey

2013

  • Literature and science
  • Literature and psychology
  • Nineteenth-century poetry
  • Victorian literature and culture
  • Literature, politics, and nationality in the nineteenth century
g.tate@surrey.ac.uk

Dr Alasdair Cochrane

 

The University of Sheffield

2014

  • Animal rights / animal ethics
  • Environmental ethics
  • Bioethics
  • Punishment and the ethics of imprisonment
a.cochrane@shef.ac.uk
 

Tom Charlton

 

Dr. Williams' Centre for Dissenting Studies

2014

  • Censorship, Free Speech and Literature
  • History of Books and Printing
  • The language of politics and political argument
  • Manuscript culture and marginalia
  • Seventeenth-century literature, religion and politics
tomcharlton@baxterianae.com

Sophie Coulombeau

 

Cardiff University

2014

  • The historical relationship between naming and identity in Britain, especially women changing their name upon marriage
  • Women in public life in eighteenth-century Britain - sexuality, learning and patronage, marriage and domesticity, labour and leisure, involvement in politics
  • Politics and oppositional culture in 1790s Britain - response to the French Revolution, 'Pitt's Terror', reform societies, treason trials
  • Particular expertise in: Frances Burney, William Godwin, Hester Thrale Piozzi, Thomas Paine, Charlotte Smith, Jeremy Bentham, John Thelwall, James Gillray
  • The relationship between creativity and analysis, on cognitive and cultural levels. Creative writing vs criticism
coulombeaus@cardiff.ac.uk

Dr Daisy Hay

 

University of Exeter

2014

  • Eighteenth and nineteenth century literature, especially Romanticism
  • Public and private lives in British politics
  • The Disraelis
  • Life Writing and Biography
You can contact Daisy through her literary agent, Clare Alexander: reception@aitkenalexander.co.uk
 

Dr Preti Taneja

 

Warwick University and Queen Mary, University of London

2014

  • Shakespeare in conflict and post-conflict zones, Shakespeare and Human Rights
  • Colonial and Postcolonial Literature: India and South Africa
  • Digital Humanities - using online media for impact, research and publishing
  • Contemporary Indian and British Asian popular and high culture (film, TV, online)
  • Representation of Asians and British Asians in UK media, public life and education
preti.taneja@qmul.ac.uk
 

Dr Alun Withey

 

University of Exeter

2014

  • History of Medicine , 16th-19th century
  • History of Facial Hair
  • Social History
  • History of the Body
A.Withey@Exeter.ac.uk
 

Clare Walker Gore

 

Selwyn College, Cambridge

2015

  • Disability in Victorian literature and culture
  • Victorian novels, especially work by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Anthony Trollope, George Eliot
  • Victorian Women Writers, especially Charlotte M. Yonge and Dinah Mulock Craik
  • Feminist Literary History
chw37@cam.ac.uk
 

Catherine Fletcher

 

University of Sheffield

2015

  • Early modern history
  • The Tudors
  • The Italian Renaissance
  • History in popular culture (film, TV, online, literature)
  • The heritage industry
catherine.fletcher@sheffield.ac.uk

Sandeep Parmar

 

University of Liverpool

2015

  • Women's avant-garde writing (1900-1945)
  • Contemporary British and American poetry
  • Modern manuscripts and archives
  • Contemporary Indian literature in English (and Partition/Green Revolution)
  • Autobiography and biographical writing
  • Creative Writing
  • Classical mythology (Helen of Troy)
sandeep.parmar@liverpool.ac.uk
 

Peter Mackay

 

University of St Andrews

2015

  • Scottish Gaelic poetry
  • 20th century and contemporary Scottish literature
  • 20th century and contemporary Irish literature
  • Poetry and the natural world
pm83@st-andrews.ac.uk

Nadine Muller

 

Liverpool John Moores University

2015

  • Widows in Britain, 1837 - present
  • Feminist history and historiography
  • The Victorians in contemporary literature, culture, television, film
  • Contemporary women’s writing
n.muller@ljmu.ac.uk
 

Danielle Thom

 

Victoria and Albert Museum

2015

  • Satirical print culture and caricature
  • 18th century British sculpture
  • British identities 1700-1800
  • History of London 1700-1800
d.thom@vam.ac.uk
 

Dr Daniel Lee

 

University of Sheffield

2015

  • The history of France and the French Empire in the Twentieth century
  • The Second World War and the Holocaust
  • The History of Jews in Europe and North Africa
  • Modern and Contemporary France (politics, culture, society)
  • Family History/Genealogy
daniellee550@gmail.com

Dr Sam Goodman

 

Bournemouth University

2015

  • Britishness and national identity 1750-present
  • Cold War literature, culture and history – particularly spy fiction (Ian Fleming/James Bond, Graham Greene, & John le Carré), and science fiction
  • Medical humanities: Narratives of illness (cancer, mental health) and medical fictions, ideas of health and wellbeing, in contemporary lifestyles, alcohol and drinking cultures
  • Popular culture – broad interest in contemporary popular culture, particularly videogames and music, but also television and literature. History of pop culture, literary fashions and the politics of cultural and academic marginalisation
  • Representation of the military and the armed forces in Anglo-US culture (war films, novels and videogames)
  • Space, place and environment – changing nature of urban space, gentrification, history of London, coastal spaces and seaside towns
sgoodman@bournemouth.ac.uk
 

Dr Chris Kissane

London School of Economics

2016

  • Early Modern Europe
  • Food in History
  • History of Citizenship
  • Irish Emigration
  • Economic History
c.m.kissane@lse.ac.uk

Ms Leah Broad

University of Oxford

2016

  • Modernism
  • Nordic Culture 1880-1920 (e.g. Munich, Ibsen, Shakespeare in Sweden)
  • Theatre Music (esp. 1880 onwards)
  • Jean Sibelius
  • August Strindberg
leahbroad@hotmail.co.uk

Dr Edmund Richardson

Durham University

2016

  • Alexander the Great
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Magic
  • Spiritualism
  • Explorers
  • Fakes and Frauds
e.m.d.richardson@gmail.com

Dr Anindya Raychaudhuri

University of St Andrews

2016

  • Cultural representation of war and conflict
  • Museums, anniversaries and national memorial cultures
  • Nationhood and nationalisms
  • Diaspora and diasporic communities – specifically British Asian life and cultures
  • Popular culture – specifically popular and genre cinema, television, and video games
  • Marxist theory
  • Critical theory – cultural politics of race and gender
  • Cultural politics of food
  • Politics of space – architecture and the built environment
ar220@st-andrews.ac.uk

Dr Seán Williams

University of Sheffield

 

2016

  • History of the hairdresser, barber and wigmaker, as well as related “aesthetic labourers” and “body workers”
  • Everyday life around 1800: from flatulence powder to philosophical salons
  • German literary, intellectual and cultural history from the 18th century to the present
  • Seemingly insignificant text types: prefaces, footnotes, anthologies, etc.
  • The history of irony, especially in a German context (including jokes about Hitler)
  • Germany, Switzerland and Austria more generally (the German-speaking world)
s.m.williams@sheffield.ac.uk

Dr Seb Falk

University of Cambridge

2016

  • Medieval history - monasteries and universities; Latin and Middle English
  • History of science - astronomy and navigation
  • Instruments - astrolabes to globes and sextants
  • Relationships between sciences and arts; sciences and religion
sldf2@cam.ac.uk

Dr Katherine Cooper

Newcastle University

2016

  • Literary culture in and around the World Wars
  • Refugees and displacement
  • British writers and ideas of Europe 1900-1950
  • Women’s writing esp. women writing war, the middlebrow
Katherine.cooper@ncl.ac.uk

Dr Sarah Jackson

Nottingham Trent University

 

2016

  • Modern and contemporary literature
  • Haptic aesthetics / the sense of touch
  • The telephone in history, literature and film
  • Psychoanalysis, particularly the work of Sigmund Freud and Didier Anzieu
  • Cultural representations of the uncanny
  • Deconstruction, particularly the work of Jacques Derrida and Hélène Cixous
  • Literary representations of blindness
sarah.jackson@ntu.ac.uk