Dr Danielle Sands

Research interests

I joined Languages, Literatures and Cultures in September 2015 as Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Thought after a year as Lecturer in Philosophy in the Department of Politics and International Relations. In September 2017, I became Director of Graduate Studies for the department. From September 2019, I am Director of Postgraduation Education (Research) for the School of Humanities. 

My research is interdisciplinary, crossing literary studies, philosophy, and critical theory. My research interests include: literary and critical theory, 20th and 21st century fiction, post-Kantian European philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy and literature, aesthetics, animal studies, and environmental ethics. I am interested in supervising MA by Research or PhD dissertations in any of these areas. MY first monograph, Animal Writing: Storytelling, Selfhood and the Limits of Empathy, was published by EUP in 2019.

In 2018, I received a British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award for the project 'Posthumanities: Redefining Humanities for the Fourth Industrial Age,' which runs 2018-9. In 2018-20, I am the PI for the TECHNE Conflux 'How Like a Leaf: Art, Nature, World.'


ML1203 Reading Texts: Criticism for Comparative Literature
LA1000 Liberal Arts 1: Cultural Encounters
LA2000 Liberal Arts 2: Power and Dissent
ML2207 Critical and Comparative Approaches
ML3212 Humans and Other Animals in Twenty-First Century Fiction and Thought
ML5002 Critical Theories and Methodologies

Educational background

BA(Hons) Durham
MSc Edinburgh
PhD London


Fellow, Forum for European Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science
Fellow, Higher Education Academy
Executive Committee Member, Society for European Philosophy
Editorial Board Member, 'New Comparative Criticism' series, Peter Lang
Member, British Comparative Literature Association
Member, American Comparative Literature Association
Member, British Association for Comparative Literary Studies

Member, Association for the Study of Literature and Environment
Member, Society for Women in Philosophy

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