Professor Jo Gill

Pro Vice Chancellor


Extension: 4256

Telephone: 01392 724256

I am Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature in the Department of English and Pro-Vice- Chancellor and Executive Dean in the College of Humanities having previously served as Associate Dean for Education and, prior to that, as Associate Dean for International & Development. I teach and research in modern and contemporary English and American literature with a particular interest in poetry, confessional and life writing, and in the literature and culture of cities and suburbs. My most recent book, The Poetics of the American Suburbs, was published in 2013. My article "'Quite the Opposite of a Feminist': Phyllis McGinley, Betty Friedan, and Discourses of Gender in Mid-Century American Culture" (Women's History Review, 2013) won the Arthur Miller Centre Prize for the year's best American Studies essay. I was the Principal Investigator of the Leverhulme Trust-funded "Cultures of the Suburbs International Research Network" (2011-14). I have recently completed work on a new book entitled Modern American Poetry and the Architectural Imagination for which I was awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship (2015-16). I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I was educated at a comprehensive school near Warrington, took my BA at Leicester, my MA at York, and after a career in publishing and in the charity sector, studied for a PhD at the University of Gloucestershire. 

My office is in Queen's 100A