Dr Charlotte Mathieson
Dr Charlotte Mathieson is a Lecturer in Nineteenth-Century English Literature at the University of Surrey. Her work is grounded in feminist approaches to travel and mobility in Victorian literature and culture, specialising in the mid-nineteenth century novel. Her publications include Mobility in the Victorian Novel: Placing the Nation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), Sea Narratives: Cultural Responses to the Sea, 1600-present (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) and Gender and Space in Rural Britain, 1840-1920 (Pickering and Chatto, 2014), and she is series co-editor of Palgrave Studies in Mobilities, Literature and Culture. She has served on the FWSA Executive Committee since 2014, and was elected Chair of the FWSA in 2016.
Sarah Spence is an MA student at the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York. She is a Modern History graduate and after several years in corporate research, trained to become a Registered Midwife. Six years’ experience working within a variety of hospitals and community areas has prompted a return to studies to research respect, consent and women’s autonomy within maternity settings. She also offers personalised childbirth classes through www.birthknowledge.co.uk which seeks to give control back to birthing women.
Sarah is currently completing her ESRC-funded Ph.D. in Sociology at Goldsmiths. Her doctoral research examines the relationship between the craft of writing and how sociologists, and their knowledge claims, come to be understood as ‘legitimate’. Sarah studied English Literature, Education, and Sociology at the universities of Newcastle, Cambridge, and Glasgow, and draws on this interdisciplinary perspective in her research.
In addition to working with the FWSA, Sarah is an Affiliate Researcher in Sociology and Politics at the University of Glasgow, where she teaches and works as postgraduate co-convenor of GRAMNet. Sarah has published on the idea of the ‘white theory boy’ as well as the concept of disciplinarity and home. Follow her on Twitter, @msfloraposte.
Social Media Officer
Dr Anna Fraser Mackenzie
Anna Mackenzie gained her PhD in gender and genre in Shakespeare’s works from the University of Chester in 2015, where she works as a Senior Project Officer and Residential Support Manager. Anna has published on literary authority and eighteenth-century female writers, the Butlerian framework and dramatic genres, and missing mothers in Henry V and Hamlet; she is currently working on a monograph exploring the relationship between Shakespeare’s texts and Doctor Who. Wider research interests include Charlotte Smith’s poetry and the concept of the ‘authoress’, representations of death, identity and job fields in Higher Education, residential students in universities and out-of-hours support, and feminism and science fiction.
Anna is Associate Editor of the Frontiers in Sociology journal’s Gender, Sex and Sexuality Studies section; you can follow her on Twitter: @DrAnnaMack.
Veronika is a final year PhD student at the University of Innsbruck and a Visiting Scholar at Nottingham Trent University where her doctoral project in the area of contemporary women’s writing is co-supervised. She is particularly interested in feminist and postcolonial theory as well as Canadian literature and women’s writing.EndFragment
Conference Liaison Officer
Dr Emily Falconer
Emily Falconer is a Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Westminster, after working as a Senior Research Assistant at the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research (2013-2015). Having completed a PhD in gender and tourism at Manchester Metropolitan University (2012), Emily’s research explored the embodied and emotional experiences of independent women travellers. Her research interests focus on feminism, affect and emotion, incorporating theories from across the disciplines of sociology
Dr Rebecca Finkel
Rebecca Finkel is an urban cultural geographer and currently is Senior Lecturer & Programme Leader in Events Management in the School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh. Her main field of study centres on gender, social justice and events management. Research is framed within conceptualisations of cultural identity, gender performance in sport, and resistance to globalisation, as well as mapping human rights and planned events, currently focusing on the links between sex work, human trafficking and mega sporting events. Rebecca also coordinates (along with Dr Kate Sang) Scottish Feminist Academics.
Dr. Carina Hart
Carina Hart is an Assistant Professor in English Literature at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus. She has previously taught at Nottingham Trent University and the University of East Anglia, where she completed her PhD in 2012. Carina has published on Romantic poetry, A. S. Byatt, gender and the fairy tale, and her current research looks at Kant’s aesthetic theory, physiognomy and beauty in Gothic fiction.
Essay Competition Officer
Laura Clancy is a PhD student in Sociology at Lancaster University. Her research looks at the sociological study of ‘elites’, exploring wealth inequality in Britain and specifically older, ‘aristocratic’ forms of power and landed wealth; using the British Royal Family as a key case study of the ways in which extreme wealth inequality is legitimated and reproduced in neoliberal Britain. She has wider research interests in feminism, particularly representations of feminism/femininity in popular culture. She completed her Masters degree in Gender and Women’s Studies, and now teaches on the undergraduate Gender and Women’s Studies module as a Graduate Teaching Assistant. You can follow her on Twitter: @Laura__Clancy and read her blog here www.cynicalscribbles.wordpress.com
Book Prize Coordinator
Kehinde Olowookere is a PhD Student in the School of Management and Languages at Heriot-Watt University. She holds an MSc in International Human Resource Management from Sheffield Hallam University. Her current research investigates the management and experiences of Mental Health Conditions within the workplace, with particular focus on how difference is constructed within normative organizational contexts. Her research interests include the management of diversity in the workplace and identity construction at work.
Small Grants Scheme Officer
Dr Katy Pilcher
Katy is a Lecturer in Sociology at Aston University. Her research interests centre around gender, sexuality, ageing, embodiment, work and employment relations, meanings of ‘space’ and ‘place’, and the use of visual methods in social research. Katy completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Warwick in 2012, which was an ethnographic exploration of the work practices of erotic dancers and the experiences of women customers who watch their performances. This work is detailed in articles in Sexualities, Sociological Research Online, Leisure Studies, and Journal of International Women’s Studies. Katy is currently co-editing a book entitled ‘Queer Sex Work’, to be published by Routledge in 2015. Katy previously worked as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Brunel University on an ESRC-funded project ‘Photographing Everyday Life – an Exploration of Ageing, Lived Experiences, Space and Time’ with Dr Wendy Martin. This project used photo diaries to explore the everyday routines of people in mid to later life. Katy spent the final year of her doctorate working part-time as a Research Associate at the University of Birmingham with Dr Nicola Smith on a Leverhulme-funded project on the Political Economy of Male and Transgender Sex Work in the UK and The Netherlands.
Alison Wheatley is a Research Associate at the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University, working on an NIHR-funded project to develop an intervention for people with dementia with fall-related injuries. Her research interests are in medical sociology (particularly ageing and life-course, dementia, tissue donation, and assisted reproduction), technologies of the body, gender, sexualities, and kinship. She gained her PhD in Science and Technology Studies from the University of Edinburgh in 2016; her thesis is titled ‘Good Soldiers, Good Guys, and Good Parents: The Meanings of Donation and Donated Tissue in the Context of the Danish Donor Sperm Industry
Maria is currently a Reader in Education at Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing at the University of Wolverhampton. Although I have been a member of FWSA for years I have only recently become a member of the Executive in the capacity of Treasurer
General Executive Member
Dr Sherah Wells
Sherah Wells received her PhD in English Literature from the University of Warwick where she now teaches critical theory, North American Women Writers, and academic writing. She has research interests in French feminist theory, modern and contemporary literature, and particularly the role mental health plays in the production and consumption of literature. More information about Sherah’s work can be found here.