• University of Sheffield (2011-12)
    M.A. Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (Distinction)
    Dissertation: “All that we see or seem, is but a dream within a dream: The dream-pilgrimage in the works of George MacDonald and Charles Kingsley” (Supervisor: Dr Anna Barton)
  • Leipzig University (2008-11)
    B.A. British Studies with Communication and Media Science (Double First)
    Dissertation: ”Victorian Wonderland Through the Magnifying Glass:  Science and Religion in the Short Stories of H.G. Wells” (Supervisors: Prof Elmar Schenkel, Prof Stefan Welz)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (UWIC) (2009-10)
    English Literature, Creative Writing and Journalism
    (ERASMUS Scholarship)
    Research Project: “Y Ddraig Goch Ddyry Cychwyn – The Red Dragon will Lead the Way- Building Welsh National Identity through National Symbols”

Employment & Teaching:

  • University of Leeds, School of Philosophy, Theology, and the History of Science
  • Leverhulme Research Fellow (2022-)
  • Working with Jon Topham (HPS, Leeds) & Jim Secord (HPS, Cambridge)
  • University of Southern California & Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences
  • Carrollian Fellowship (2022-2023)
  • Working with Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Huntington Botanical Garden & USC Brain and Creativity Institute
  • University of York, Department of Sociology
  • Research Associate in Science Communication (2020-2023)
  • Templeton & ECLAS “Science & Religion Narratives”
  • Working with Amanda Rees (Sociology) & Tom McLeish (Physics)
  • Tutor (2020-)
    (for UG Sociology, Criminology, Politics, Environmental Science, Human Geography, Law)
  • “Humans and Other Animals – Pests & Insects”
  • “Nature, Culture, and Technology”,
  • “Science Communication 1 & 2”,
  • “Science, Religion and Culture”
  • St. Anne’s, Oriel, New & Worcester Colleges & St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford
  • Graduate Tutor (2013-2019)
  • “George MacDonald’s Fairy-tales”, Michaelmas Term 2017
  • “Literature in English 1830-1910”, Michaelmas Term 2015
  • “Visual Storytelling”, Trinity Term 2015
  • “Science Fiction”, Trinity Term 2015
  • “Critical Theory: Literature and Identity”, Hilary Term 2015
  • “Children’s Literature”, Hilary Term 2014, 2015
  • “Religion, Science and Victorian Literature”, Michaelmas Term 2013, TT 15
  • “Virginia Woolf and Modernist Literature”, Trinity Term 2014
  • Universität Leipzig, Institut für Anglistik
  • Visiting Lecturer (winter semester 2016)
  • Children’s Literature; Literature & Game
  • Emory University, Department of English
  • Associate Lecturer (2016)
  • “Down the Rabbit-Hole to Tralfamadore and Beyond: Fantastic Literature Through the Ages” (ENG 389W)
  • University of Oxford, English Faculty 
  • Teaching Assistant (2015)
  • “Literature & Science” (3rd-year optional paper)
  • St. Hilda’s & Regent’s Park Colleges & Wycliffe Hall, University of Oxford
  • Undergraduate Dissertation Supervisor (topics cover various 19th-century topics, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, and 20th/21st ct Feminist stage re-writings of Victorian Children’s Literature)
  • ASE Bath 
  •  Associate Lecturer, US Junior Year Abroad Programme (2014-15)
  • “Fantasies of Youth: The Child in Twentieth-Century Children’s and Young Adult Literature”, Fall 2014
  • “Worlds beyond Oxford: Tolkien, Lewis and Pullman”, Spring 2015
  • Oxbridge Academic, Oxford
  • Summer School Tutor (2014)
  • Oxford Prep Course in “Literature and the Fantastic”
  • Trumptech (Hong Kong) Summer School & St Anne’s College, Oxford
  • Summer School Lecturer (2014 & 2015)
  • Lectures and Seminars in English Literature, History and Language (IELTS)
  • Technical University of Dresden, Institute for Advanced Studies (TUDIAS)
  • Tutor & Lecturer (2008-11)
  • Seminars, lectures and workshops in German literature, history, culture and language
  • organisation and coordination of themed excursions & study days
  • Cactus Language Training; Language House
  • German language teacher, all levels (2011-13)

Awards & Funding:



  • BAVS PG/ECR bursary, BAVS annual conference 2018 (£100 for paper ‘Pattern, Ecology and the Fantastic Imagination of George MacDonald and William Morris’)
  • Maxwell & Meyerstein Bequest, English Faculty, Oxford (Award of £400 towards organisation & participation in ‘George MacDonald’s Scotland‘, Aberdeen University)
  • Junior Deanship, Brasenose College (Dining rights, maintenance & £3100 stipend p.a.), 2016-17
  • Wellcome Trust Travel Bursary, ‘The Politics of Science Fiction Medicine’, University of Glasgow (£100)
  • Assistant Deanship (Welfare), St Anne’s College (Dining rights, maintenance & £5000 stipend p.a.), 2015-16
  • Senior Hulme Scholarship, Brasenose College (Dining rights & £225 stipend p.a.), 2015-
  • Annual Fund, Brasenose College (total £650)
  • Research Travel Grant, Brasenose College, for archival research at the University of Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire Archives in 2014 (£600)
  • Assistant Deanship, St Anne’s College (Dining rights, maintenance & £2000 stipend p.a.), 2013-15
  • Best Translation Award, Language Connect, London ($100), for work on MARVEL Comics, 2012
  • Erasmus-Scholarship (fees & maintenance) for study at Cardiff Metropolitan University, 2009-10

Editorial Activity:

Outreach & Educational Consultancy

  • Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, Kent
  • Outreach in Literature, Science & the History of Ideas (2019)
  • Bespoke Workshops in Literature & AI and Ethics
  • Lecture in Literature and Science, from Psychology, AI, to Climate Science
  • English Faculty, University of Oxford
  • Outreach Ambassador (2018-19)
  • Outreach Workshops English Literature & Journalism; Applying to Oxford, for secondary schools in Lincolnshire
  •  St Peter’s College, Oxford
  • Outreach Ambassador (2019)
  • “Alice’s Adventures in Politics” workshops in English Literature & Journalism, Walthamstow & Enfield, Merseyside & Wirral Schools
  • Cheney School, Oxford
  • “Festival of Imagined Worlds” (2017)

University Administration, Academic Citizenship & Student Welfare:

  • Department of Sociology, University of York
  • Research Staff Representative (2021-22)
  • Brasenose College, University of Oxford 
  • Junior Dean (2016-18)
  • Graduate Library Rep (2016-18)
  • Graduate Welfare Rep (2015-16)
  • Graduate Peer Supporter (2014-18)
  • St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford (2013 -)
  • Assistant Dean for Welfare (2015-16)
  • Assistant Dean (2013-15)
  • University of Sheffield (2011-12)
  • Postgraduate Student Representative, English Literature (Graduate Student Staff Committee)
  • Postgraduate Representative of the English Society
  • Social Secretary Erasmus Society Network, Sheffield
  • Leipzig University (2008-11)
  • Student Representative British and American Studies
    (elected committee member 2010-11, representative at the Student Council of the University and the Humanities Board of Representatives)
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University (2009-10)
  • Erasmus Representative

Conference Organisation:

  • George MacDonald’s Scotland, University of Aberdeen, 2017
  • An international conference on Scottish fantasist George MacDonald, funded by the Research Centre for Irish and Scottish Studies & BAVS
  • The conference included Archival Workshops (with manuscripts and ephemera from Aberdeen University, Aberdeenshire Museums, and private loans), a field trip to the author’s hometown Huntly, a special themed botanical trail developed in cooperation with the Cruikshank Botanic Gardens, a book launch with support from Aberdeen University Press &  panel discussion with Christopher MacDonald
  • Keynote Speakers: Dr Colin Manlove, Dr David Robb, Dr Dimitra Fimi, Dr John Pazdziora & Invited Speaker Christopher MacDonald
  • Website, Twitter, Storify

Public Engagement:

(For more, see also Media & Publications)

Curatorship & Consultancy in Museums and Heritage:

  • ‘Insects Through the Looking-Glass: Insects as literary inspiration, literature as natural education’, Story Museum, Oxford
  • Exhibition in collaboration with the Royal Entomological Society‘s National Insect Week & the Oxford Story Museum‘s Alice’s Day
  • The exhibition will explore the significance of insects within our favourite children’s stories over the past 150 years; the Alice in Wonderland books by Lewis Carroll, James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl, and the Beetle Trilogy by MG Leonard, and combine illustrations & text excerpts with real insect specimens, videos, and models.
  • “Automata: The Living Machines of Artists’ Dreams”, Compton Verney
  • From mythological origins, early machines to Rowland Emmett this exhibition explores the technical and cultural dimensions of the mechanical recreation of life in machines
  • “Magic Underground Worlds” display, Bodleian Libraries
  • Commemorating the 150th anniversary of “Alice’s Adventures Under Ground”, the Original manuscript of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this display of underground fantasies was presented in the Divinity School on Alice’s Day 2014

Events – Culture and Heritage Sector:

  • Alice’s Day, Oxford
  • Steering Group (2012-)
  • Collaborative event with The Story Museum, The Lewis Carroll Society, Oxford University Museums, Bodleian Libraries, the City of Oxford and others
  • Events organised include the “Pictures and Conversations” 150 Anniversary Lecture Series at The Old Fire Station with author and broadcaster Brian Sibley and Prof Will Brooker from Kingston University in 2015; a display on “Magic Underground Worlds” at the Bodleian Library in 2014, and a talk & reading of Lewis Carroll’s Nonsense in 2013, which was accompanied by a publication entitled “Lewis Carroll – Master of Nonsense” by the Lewis Carroll Society
  • “Wonderday”, Christ Church, Oxford
  • Organiser of the very special sesquicentenary study day celebrating 150 years since the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, which will give attendees the opportunity to discover more about Alice, the latest research and the associations of  Christ Church with the tales with exclusive behind the scenes guided tours & insights into the archives of the college
  • Strawberry Hill House, Twickenham, Events & Education Volunteer (2013-14)
  • Event Organisation, Education and Outreach, Front of the House Assistant
  • Co-organiser of the International Conference “Gothic: Culture, Subculture, Counterculture”
  • Rhyme and Reason Booksellers, Sheffield – Event Management Intern (2011-12)
  • Organisation of “Celebrating Alice”, an event aimed at children,  in cooperation with the Sheffield Drama Group and Weston Park Museum, to celebrate the first telling of Alice in Wonderland with readings, a nonsense poetry competition, crafting sessions and, of course,  a croquet tournament (more information)

Dissemination, Media & Ambassadorial Work:

  • LitSciOx 
  • Website Moderator (2014-15)
  • Literature and Science Events in and around Oxford
  • (Funded by the German Academic Exchange Service and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
  • We worked with local primary and secondary schools and exchange students of the University of Leipzig, In order to create an interactive project on the student’s home country, promoting European cultural exchange on a local level
  • Hochschulinitiative Fernost” – Campus Ambassador, Leipzig University (2009-10)
    (Funded by the German Student Social Networking Site StudiVZ and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research)
  • For more details on projects and outreach work click here.

Scholarly and Professional Associations:

  • Lewis Carroll Society (since 2010; committee 2013-14, social media officer 2013-)
  • British Society for Literature and Science (since 2010, executive committee 2018-2023)
  • British Society for the History of Science (since 2011)
  • British Association for Victorian Studies (since 2011)
  • Erasmus Society Network Alumni (since 2012)
  • George MacDonald Society (since 2013, Arts & Events Committee since 2020)
  • Modern Language Association (MLA) (since 2015)
  • Children’s History Society (Since 2016; Postgraduate Rep 2016-18)
  • Inklings Gesellschaft für Literatur und Ästhetik (since 2016)
  • Rowland Emett Society (Since 2017)
  • William Morris Society (Since 2018)

Other Work:

  • MARVEL Comics – Translator & Post-Editor (2012- 14)
    Translations (English/German) of Marvel Comics, such as The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, X-men (First Class), Wolverine and Marvel Zombies
  • Freelance Translator (2012-)
  • Language Connect 2012-14; Freelance 2014-
  • Translations (English/ German) of academic, technical and web-content for private and commercial customers; translations of literary texts (including children’s literature, poetry, stage texts and song, for rates please contact me)

Language Skills:

  • German (Native Language)
  • British English (Native Proficiency)
  • French (Working Proficiency)
  • Welsh (Intermediate)
  • Japanese (Intermediate)
  • Russian (Elementary Proficiency)
  • Polish (Elementary Proficiency)
  • Latin (Working Proficiency)
  • Ancient Greek (Elementary Proficiency)
  • British Sign Language (Elementary Proficiency)

Other Activities:

  • Brasenose College, University of Oxford (2013-6)
    Brasenose Chapel Choir (Soprano)
    (Performances include Tewkesbury Abbey, Worcester and Bruges Cathedral, and the TV shows Endeavour and Lewis)
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Society, University of Oxford
  • Mezzo-Soprano & Assistant Tormentor (Librarian) of the OUGSS (2016-17)
  • Committee 90th Anniversary Ball, Oxford Town Hall
  • Hertford College (2017)
  • Chapel Choir (Soprano)

Brasenose & Hertford College Chapel Choirs at University Church, St Mary the Virgin, Oxford

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