Dr Ruth Livesey


I was an Editor of the Journal of Victorian Culture| ssin  s from 2009-2015 and am on the editorial board of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century| and I am also on the advisory board of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies|. I am on the steering group of the London Nineteenth-Century Studies Seminar at the Institute of English Studies and was acting Director of the Centre for Victorian Studies at Royal Holloway for several years and co-organised conferences and symposia under its auspices. Click the link for information about past and current events in the Centre for Victorian Studies. I have served as a member of the AHRC peer review college since 2012. 

Personal profile

I joined the department in 2002 from a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Birkbeck College. I studied for a BA in English at Oxford and then moved into Women's Studies at Warwick University for Masters and Ph.D. degrees. I continue to enjoy research and teaching that is grounded in the close study of texts but which reaches out to larger political and social questions.

Research interests

I am currently completing a book entitled 'Writing the Stagecoach Nation: Locality on the Move in Nineteenth-Century Literature'. I completed the research for this study thanks to the  award of a Leverhulme Research Fellowship and a visiting fellowship to the Huntington Library in 2012-13. I supervise PhD students in a variety of fields relating to nineteenth-century literature, culture, and political thought during this time and am happy to respond to enquries from prospective graduate students. For a good insight into the lively field of Victorian Studies at the moment, take a look at the Journal of Victorian Culture online blog with free downloads from the Journal itself, reviews, and comment.

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