Dr Jana Funke


I was educated at the Universities of Cologne (MA; with distinction), Oxford (MSt in English Studies, 1900-present day; with distinction) and Edinburgh (PhD, English Literature).

After finishing my PhD in June 2010 and spending some time in Austin, Texas as a Harry Ransom Center Fellow, I joined the Sexual History, Sexual Knowledge Project at the Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter, in August 2010. 

In September 2013, I joined the Department of English at the University of Exeter as an Advanced Research Fellow (HASS Strategy - Medical Humanities). This post led to a Lectureship in Medical Humanities in 2016.

Awards, Grants and Research Fellowships

  • 2015-2020: PI / Wellcome Trust Joint Investigator Award: "The Cross-Disciplinary Invention of Sexual Science: Sexual Science Beyond the Medical, 1890-1940" (with Kate Fisher)
  • 2015: Wellcome Trust Bursary for Public Engagement Masterclass
  • 2014: PI / ESRC Public Engagement Funding: "Making the Sexual Self" (Public engagement event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science, November 2014)
  • 2013: PI / HASS Development Funding: "The Medicalisation of Sex? Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Sexual Science" (with Kate Fisher and Rebecca Langlands)
  • 2013: Travel Grant for Keynote Address, Dartmouth University, Humanities Institute: “Towards a Global History of Sexual Science, 1880-1950”
  • 2012: Everett Helm Visiting Fellowship, Lilly Library: “Vita Sackville-West and the History of Marriage”
  • 2011-2013: PI / British Academy Small Research Grant, 'Interdisciplinary Readings: Havelock Ellis & Co.'
  • 2010: Harry Ransom Center Fellowship, 'The Short Fiction of Radclyffe Hall'
  • 2008: PI / AHRC Student-Led Initiative Grant, 'Sexualities In and Out of Time Conference' (with Ben Davies)
  • German National Academic Foundation Alumna (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes)

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • MLA
  • NeMLA
  • BSHS
  • BSLS
  • SNoMS