Professor Juliet John

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Juliet John is Head of the School of Humanities (comprised of the Departments of English, History, Classics, and Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures). She was Head of English from 2017-9, having previously served as Associate Dean Education for the Faculty of Arts, Director of Research for English and Director of the Centre for Victorian Studies. She studied English as an undergraduate at Selwyn College, Cambridge, gaining a Double First. She completed her PhD at University College London. Before joining Royal Holloway in February 2012, she was Professor of English at the University of Liverpool and had spent 20 years working at institutions in the North West of England - the University of Manchester, the University of Salford and Edge Hill University. She is an internationally recognised Dickensian and much of her work focuses on the relationship between Dickens's work and the popular cultural contexts of the Victorian and post-Victorian periods. She thus also has research expertise in areas such as melodrama, nineteenth-century theatre, the popular Victorian novel, journalism, film, adaptation, heritage, neo-Victorianism, thing theory, and affect studies.

She previously founded and led the Gladstone Centre for Victorian Studies for a decade and was PI on the AHRC-funded Gladstone Cataloguing and Annotation Project. She has a committed interest in pedagogy - in best practice and the management of learning and teaching. At the University of Liverpool, she was Faculty Director for Student Experience for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences from 2010-12, a role which included oversight of Learning and Teaching for 9,000 students. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the English Association, a member of the Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College, a QAA institutional reviewer, a member of the executive committee of UE (University English), and a member of the exam board OCR's HE consultative committee. She is a Trustee of the Dickens Society of America and a Fellow of Gladstone's library. Both her research and her professional practice is informed by a belief in dialogue between academia and the world beyond, for example, through the media, schools, cultural instiutions, and cultural policy bodies.


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