CVS Staff profiles

Please see individual staff profile pages for detailed information on the publications, research interests and academic responsibilities of the members of the Centre for Victorian Studies.

Centre staff

Centre Director
Professor Paul Young Associate Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture
Centre Staff
Dr Emily Bernhard Jackson Senior Lecturer
Professor Jana Funke Associate Professor of English and Sexuality Studies
Professor Regenia Gagnier Professor of English, FBA, FAE, FEA, FRSA
Professor Jason Hall Professor
Professor Daisy Hay Associate Professor in English Literature and Life Writing
Dr Kate Hext Head of department, Senior Lecturer
Professor Joe Kember Professor
Professor Katherine Newey Chair in Theatre History
Professor Joanne Parker Associate Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture
Professor Vike Martina Plock Professor
Professor John Plunkett Associate Professor
Dr Simon Rennie Senior Lecturer
Professor Angelique Richardson Professor
Professor Corinna Wagner Associate Professor
Dr Patricia Zakreski Senior Lecturer

Postgraduate Representatives


Lucy Morse

Lucy is a PhD student in English, with a specialisation in Victorian Studies. Her doctoral thesis is entitled "The Radical Dispossessed," and her supervisor is Prof. Regenia Gagnier. You can contact her via email at

Sophie Welsh

Sophie is a PhD Student in English, with a specialisation in Victorian Studies. "Thomas Hardy's Cartography" is the title of her doctroal thesis, and her supervisor is Prof. Angelique Richardson. You can contact her via email at


Visiting Members

Previous Visiting Members include:


Professor Isobel Armstrong (Emeritus Professor, Birkbeck College)

Professor Armstrong is one of most distinguished international scholars in the field of nineteenth-century studies, and author of numerous books and articles on Victorian poetry, gender studies and aesthetics. Her most recent book was The Radical Aesthetic (Blackwell, 2000).

Professor Laura Doyle (University of Massachusetts-Amherst)

Professor Laura Doyle was Leverhulme Visiting Professor, Autumn term 2010. She is the author of Bordering on the Body: the Racial Matrix of Modern Fiction and Culture (Oxford 1994, Perkins Prize) and Freedom's Empire: Race and the Rise of the Novel in Atlantic Modernity, 1640-1940 (Duke 2008). Doyle has published essays on intercultural literary history, the novel, modernity, and political torture, and she has edited two essay collections, Bodies of Resistance and (with Laura Winkiel) Geomodernisms: Race, Modernism, Modernity. Doyle's current projects include a book on the dialectics of global literary history, an afterword for the forthcoming collection Global Modernisms (Oxford), and a book-length essay on cubism in art and fiction, informed by the philosophies of Fanon and Merleau-Ponty.

Associate Professor Susan Zlotnick (Vassar College)

Professor Susan Zlotnick was a visiting professor at the University of Exeter for the 2008-2009 academic year. The author of Women, Writing, and the Industrial Revolution (Johns Hopkins, 1998) as well as a number of articles on Victorian literature and culture, she is currently at work on a book-length project exploring middle-class affect and the mid-Victorian novel.

Professor Anne Humpherys (CUNY)

In Spring 2005, Professor Humpherys was Leverhulme Visiting Professor as part of a visit to the UK from the City University of New York.


Honorary University Fellows 


Dr Philipp Erchinger

Dr Erchinger was a German Research Council-funded Fellow at the University of Exeter from January 2010-September 2012. Since October 2012, he has been Associate Researcher and Teaching Assistant at Erlangen-Nuremberg (DFG-Reintegration Scholarship). His research interests include Victorian poetry and prose, the history of the arts and sciences, empiricism, experimentation, epistemology, emergence, Robert Browning, G.H. Lewes and Sensation Fiction. He's currently working on ways of knowing in Victorian writing. 

Professor Peter Faulkner

A former Reader in the Department of English at Exeter, Faulkner is an expert in Victorian Literature with a particular interest in the works of William Morris. He was Editor of the Journal of the William Morris Society from 1987-1996; other publications include (with Chris Brooks) The White Man's Burdens: An Anthology of British Poetry of the Empire, (1996) and (with Peter Preston), William Morris: Centenary Essays, (University of Exeter Press, 1999). He can be contacted at

Professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Professor Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina's research interests include black literature, Bloomsbury, and biography. She is the author of Carrington: a Life; Black London; Frances Hodgson Burnett: The Unexpected Life of the Author of 'The Secret Garden' and Mr and Mrs Prince: How an Extraordinary 18th-century Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend.

Dr Margaret Markwick

Dr Markwick has been writing widely about Trollope for several years. Trollope and Women, 1997, was her first full-length study of the novels, and her next book, New Men in Trollope's Novels: Rewriting the Victorian Male, will be published by Ashgate in the near future.

Dr Amanda Anderson

Dr Anderson's research focuses on critical theory and nineteenth-century British literature and culture. She has recently taught graduate courses on Victorian internationalism; nineteenth-century realism; literary theory; and ethics and aesthetics. At undergraduate level she teaches a variety of topics in nineteenth-century literature.