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Professor Ayesha Mukherjee


I studied at the Calcutta International School in West Bengal, India, until 1992. I then went to Presidency College, University of Calcutta, graduating BA with Honours in English in 1995, and to Jadavpur University, Calcutta, where I completed an MA in English, First Class, in 1997. I worked as a teacher of A-level English at the Calcutta International School until 2001, when I was awarded a Felix Scholarship which allowed me to take up my place at St Hugh's College, University of Oxford. I took an M.Phil. in English Literature 1500-1660, with Distinction, in 2003. The award of the Prince of Wales Research Scholarship from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, then enabled me to study for my Ph.D. ("Food and Dearth in Early Modern England: The Writings of Hugh Platt") which was awarded in 2007. I held temporary lectureship and teaching fellowship posts in the English Departments at the University of Exeter, Streatham Campus (2007-08), the University of Leicester (2008-09), and the University of Bristol (2009). I was appointed to a permanent lectureship in Renaissance Literature and Culture in the English Department, University of Exeter, in 2009, became a Senior Lecturer in 2014, and Associate Professor of Early Modern Literature and Culture in 2019. I was previously at the Cornwall Campus (2009-2016) and am now based at the Streatham Campus (2016 onwards).