PhD in English - University of Manchester; MA in Medieval and Early Modern English Studies - University of Manchester; MA (Hons) in English - University of St Andrews
Since completing my PhD in 2010, I have worked as a research assistant at the University of Manchester (in English - on the British Academy-funded Nineteenth-Century Popular Medievalisms project - and in Art History - digitizing images from early printed medical textbooks held in the John Rylands library).
I also worked as a researcher in the Creative Writing department at Liverpool John Moores University, on the Free to Write prison writing project.
Film Genre and Mode - 2nd Year Film Studies
I work on popular literature (medieval and contemporary) and cultural history, with a particular interest in pop culture and monster theory.
2015. She-Wolf: A Cultural History of Female Werewolves. Editor. Manchester University Press.
2013. The Female of the Species: Cultural Constructions of Evil, Women and the Feminine. Editor. Inter-Disciplinary Press.
2013. Free to Write: Prison Voices Past and Present. Co-Editor (with Gareth Creer and Tamsin Spargo). Headland.
2010. Creating Humanity, Discovering Monstrosity: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. Co-Editor (with Elizabeth Nelson and Jillian Burcar). Inter-Disciplinary Press.
2014. Free to Write: a Case Study in the Impact of Cultural History Research and Creative Writing Practice (with Tamsin Spargo). Prison Service Journal 214.
2011. Monstrous Literature: The Case of Dacre Stoker’s Dracula the Undead. The Journal of Monsters and the Monstrous 1:2.
2010. The Unnaturalness of a Society: Class Division and Conflict in Warner’s Kingdoms of Elfin. The Journal of the Sylvia Townsend Warner Society.
2015. I Was a Teenage She-Wolf: Boobs, Blood and Sacrifice. In: H. Priest. She-Wolf: A Cultural History of Female Werewolves. Manchester University Press.
2014. ‘Bogeysliche as a Boye’: Performing Sexuality in William of Palerne. In: A. Hopkins, C.J. Rushton, R.A. Rouse. Sexual Culture in the Literature of Medieval Britain. D.S. Brewer.
2014. Through the Looking-Glass: Interrogating the 'Alice-ness' of Alice. In: N. Farghaly. Unraveling Resident Evil: Essays on the Complex Universe of the Games and Films. McFarland.
2014. Christ’s Wounds and the Birth of Romance. In: A. Kirkham, C. Warr. Wounds in the Middle Ages. Ashgate.
2014. Pack versus Coven: Guardianship of Tribal Memory in Vampire versus Werewolf Narratives. In: S. Bacon, K. Bronk. Undead Memory: Vampires and Human Memory in Popular Culture. Peter Lang.
2013. Introduction. In: H. Priest. The Female of the Species: Cultural Constructions of Evil, Women and the Feminine. Inter-Disciplinary Press.
2013. Young Adults and the Contemporary Gothic. In: G. Byron, D. Townshend. The Gothic World. Routledge.
2013. Free to Write: Prison Voices. In: G. Creer, H. Priest, T. Spargo. Free to Write: Prison Voices Past and Present. Headland.
2013. ‘Hell! Was I Becoming a Vampyre Slut?’: Sex, Sexuality and Morality in Young Adult Vampire Fiction. In: D. Mutch. The Modern Vampire and Human Identity. Palgrave Macmillan.
2012. Unravelling Constance. In: M. Seaman, E. Joy, N. Masciandaro. Dark Chaucer: An Assortment. Punctum Books.
2010. Fairy Lovers and the Threat of Permanence, Creating Humanity. In: E. Nelson, H. Priest, J. Burcar. Discovering Monstrosity: Myths and Metaphors of Enduring Evil. Inter-Disciplinary Press.
2009. 'Oh, the funnies, the funnies’: The Medieval Monstrous Races in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Baudolino. In: Sorcha Ní Fhlainn. Our Monstrous (S)kin: Blurring the Boundaries Between Monsters and Humanity. Inter-Disciplinary Press.
2008. The Witch and the Werewolf: Birth, Rebirth and Subjectivity in Medieval Verse. In: H.L. Baumgartner, R. Davies. Hosting the Monster. Editions Rodopi.
2015. The She-Wolves of Jülich. History Today 65:6.
April 2014: ‘Cannibalism in Popular Culture’, Natural History Museum, London
October 2012: ‘Medieval Monsters’, Whitefield Halloween Festival, Whitefield
April 2012: ‘A Brief History of the Female Werewolf’, Manchester Monster Convention, Manchester
April 2012: ‘Plasma, Parasites and Personality Disorders: Vampires and ‘Bad’ Science’, Vampires(&)Science, Trinity College, Dublin
April 2013: Cannibals: Cannibalism, Consumption and Culture, Hic Dragones, Manchester (Lead Organizer)
February 2013: Returning to Oz: The Afterlife of Dorothy, Hic Dragones, Manchester (Lead Organizer)
April 2012: Monsters: Subject, Object, Abject, Hic Dragones, Manchester (Lead Organizer)
December 2011: Further Adventures in Wonderland: The Afterlife of Alice, Hic Dragones, Manchester (Lead Organizer)
January 2011: Gender and Medieval Studies: Gender and Punishment, University of Manchester (Co-organizer)
September 2010: She-Wolf: Female Werewolves, Shapeshifters and Other Horrors in Art, Literature and Culture, University of Manchester (Co-organizer)
April 2008: Identity and Performance Postgraduate Conference, University of Manchester (Lead Organizer)
I have peer reviewed proposals and manuscripts for Manchester University Press and Palgrave Macmillan, as well as for a number of academic journals.
Under the name Hannah Kate, I am currently a presenter on North Manchester FM, hosting a weekly literature show (Hannah's Bookshelf). I have also been interviewed by a number of local radio stations in the UK and the US about my academic work.
I am currently an Honorary Research Associate at Swansea University. Previously, I held an Honorary Research Fellowship at the University of Manchester.
I am a committee member of the Manchester Medieval Society, having been a member for ten years.