Meet the Team

Sarah Burdett

Sarah Burdett graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2011 with a degree in English Literature. She then completed an MA in Romantic and Sentimental Literature at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at York, where she is now studying for her PhD.

Sarah’s thesis explores representations of female militancy in British dramas performed between 1789 – 1805. The study focuses heavily on the way in which British responses to French women’s military involvement in their country’s revolution were played out upon the British stage. It analyses theatrical portrayals of women who partake in armed combat within both domestic and public settings, and assesses the way in which the dramas within which these women appear were censored by the Lord Chamberlain, and received by both reviewers and theatre audiences.

Sarah is currently working on a chapter which explores representations of Charlotte Corday upon the British stage, 1794 – 1804. She has recently published work on female militancy in Elizabeth Inchbald’s dramas. Sarah is on twitter.

Jessica Clement

Jessica Clement graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from UCLA in 2011 and has recently completed an MA at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at York, with a dissertation entitled: “Come Tune, Ye Saints, Your Noblest Strains: Feminism, Baptists, and Bluestockings”.

She is currently a third year PhD student at CECS, writing and researching on religious friendship and intellectual community in the writings of Elizabeth Singer Rowe. Jessica’s wider research interests include religious poetry, notions of self-awareness and identity, and enlightenment philosophical thought. Jessica is on twitter.

Anna Mercer

Anna Mercer has studied at the University of Liverpool (BA) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil). She is now a second year doctoral candidate in English Literature at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies, University of York. 

Anna’s research focuses on the collaborative literary relationship that existed between Percy Bysshe Shelley and Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley from their initial meeting in 1814 through to Percy Shelley’s death in 1822, as well as considering Mary Shelley’s later work.  Her thesis aims to identify the textual connections between the works of the two authors, considering the Shelleys’ relationship in terms of literary and stylistic ideas, as opposed to purely biographical studies. She is also interested in literary relationships in the Romantic period more generally, and has published an essay on the poetical dialogue of S. T. Coleridge and Sara Coleridge. Anna is on Twitter.


Dr. Ruth Scobie
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Ruth Scobie is a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, where she runs the TORCH Celebrity Research Network, an interdisciplinary and cross-period group looking at concepts of fame and publicity. She is working on a book focusing on the links between the development of celebrity culture in the late eighteenth century, exploration and colonialism, and ideas of gender. Ruth completed a doctoral thesis at the Centre for Eighteenth Century Studies at York, on London mass culture and its representations of Captain James Cook.

She was also co-organiser of Encounters, Affinities, Legacies, an interdisciplinary conference and arts festival about relationships between the eighteenth century and the present day, and has taught courses on eighteenth-century and Romantic literature, and literary and cultural theory. Ruth is on Twitter.

Elizabeth Spencer


Elizabeth Spencer graduated from the University of York with a BA in History in 2013, and an MA in Public History in 2015. She is now a first year PhD student in the History Department at the University of York.

Elizabeth’s research focuses on women’s clothing in eighteenth-century England, something she first became interested in when completing her undergraduate dissertation, which looked at the apron in representation and practice in the eighteenth century. She is currently researching the selection and categorisation of clothing across the social hierarchy. Elizabeth is on Twitter.


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