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Dr Nadine Muller

Biography

I’m Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History, and one of the BBC's New Generation Thinkers. I hold a PhD in English Literature from the University of Hull, and a first-class BA (Hons) in English Literature with English Language from the University of Salford.

My research covers literary and cultural histories of women, gender and feminism from the Victorian period to the present day; women’s writing; and postgraduate and early-career researcher development.

My first monograph, The Widow: A Literary & Cultural History, will appear with Liverpool University Press in 2018, and I am a member of the AHRC's Peer Review College. With Jessica Cox and Mark Llewellyn, I am the co-editor of the six-volume Routledge Major Works anthology Women and Belief, 1852-1928, and I am also co-editor of Postfeminism and Contemporary Hollywood Cinema (Palgrave, 2013) with Joel Gwynne, and of special issues of the Journal of Gender Studies (on “Feminisms, Sex, & the Body”) and Nineteenth-Century Contexts (on The Male Body in Victorian Literature & Culture). Until September 2012, I was an executive committee member of the Feminist and Women’s Studies Association (FWSA UK & Ireland). I sat on the the executive committee of the Contemporary Women’s Writing Association (CWWA) for three years, and am a member of the Open Library of Humanities Early-Career Researchers’ Forum.

At LJMU, I teach across all undergraduate levels and postgraduate levels, and I convene the second-year core module “Literary & Cultural Theory” as well as having designed a module dedicated to students’ social media skills. I currently supervise one PhD researcher, Chloé Holland, who works on the popular Victorian writer and editor Ellen Wood.

I have developed a particular interest in postgraduate and early-career development, including the training needs of doctoral students and early-career researchers and the creation of new spaces and methods to meet those needs. I have created The New Academic, a project which collates advice and experiences for PGRs and ECRs about the increasingly demanding and complex challenges of academia. The New Academic has been featured in the Times Higher Education twice and has 6,000+ visitors per month. I’m also a member of the AHRC’s Research Careers and Training Network, have been a panel member for live chats for Jobs.ac.uk and the Guardian Higher Education Network, and I have contributed to the AHRC’s Collaborative Skills Development Top Tips for Applicants.

Languages

English
German

Degrees

2015, University of Salford, United Kingdom, BA (Hons) English Literature with English Language
2011, University of Hull, United Kingdom, Ph.D. in English Literature

Publications

Highlighted publications

Muller N. 2018. [Monograph] The Victorian Widow: A Literary & Cultural History Liverpool University Press. Liverpool >Link

Muller N. 2015. [Radio Broadcast] An Exception to Every Rule: The Victorian Widow

Muller N. 2015. [Radio Broadcast] Women on Their Own: Widows in Britain, Now & Then

Muller N. 2009. Not My Mother’s Daughter: Matrilinealism, Third-Wave Feminism and Neo-Victorian Fiction Neo-Victorian Studies, 2 :109-136

Books

Muller N. 2018. [Monograph] The Victorian Widow: A Literary & Cultural History Liverpool University Press. Liverpool >Link

Journal Articles

Muller N. 2017. Feminism's family drama: Female genealogies, feminist historiography, and Kate Walbert's A Short History of Women FEMINIST THEORY, 18 :17-34 >DOI >Link

Muller N, Parsons JE. 2014. Introduction: The male body in victorian literature and culture Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 36 :303-306 >DOI

Muller N, O'Callaghan C. 2013. Feminisms The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory, 21

Muller N. 2012. [Journal Article] Dead Husbands & Deviant Women: Investigating the Neo-Victorian Detective Widow Clues: a journal of detection, 30 :99-109

Muller N. 2012. Review: Liedeke Plate, Transforming Memories in Contemporary Women's Writing (2010) Contemporary Women's Writing,

Muller N, Llewellyn M. 2011. Introduction: Feminisms, Sex and the Body Muller N, Llewellyn M. Journal of Gender Studies, 20 :315-319

Muller N. 2009. Not My Mother’s Daughter: Matrilinealism, Third-Wave Feminism and Neo-Victorian Fiction Neo-Victorian Studies, 2 :109-136

Muller N. 2009. Hystoriographic Metafiction: Victorian Narratives of Madness and Women’s Mental Health in 21st-Century British Fiction Gender Forum: an internet platform for gender and women's studies, 25 :np

Internet Publications

Muller N. 2016. "I'm Scared: German Academic in the UK on the Brexit Vote"

Muller N. 2014. Mental health issues in academia: stories are not cries of the privileged

Films

2016. [Film] Women in Weeds: Victorian Widows

Other

Muller N. 2015. [Radio Broadcast] An Exception to Every Rule: The Victorian Widow

Muller N. 2015. [Radio Broadcast] Women on Their Own: Widows in Britain, Now & Then

Chapters

Muller N. 2012. Selling Sugar: The (Feminist) Politics of Sex Work in Michel Faber’s The Crimson Petal and the White Gwynne J, Poon A. Sexuality and Contemporary Literature :39-60 Cambria Press. Amherst, NY

Muller N. 2012. Sexual F(r)ictions: Pornography in Neo-Victorian Women's Fiction Cooper K, Short E. The Female Figure in Contemporary Historical Fiction Palgrave Macmillan. Basingstoke 9780230302785

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Media Coverage:

Links #1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081l8b6, Media coverage: War Widows' Stories on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour (11 November 2016)

Links #1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05w8135, Media coverage: Free Thinking (BBC Radio 3): "New Generation Thinkers 2015 Launch at the Hay Festival" (28 May 2015)

Professional activities

Award:

Award title: New Generation Thinker 2015, Awarding body: BBC Radio 3 & AHRC, URL: http://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2015/r3-new-gen-thinkers

Award title: LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Award, Awarding body: Liverpool John Moores University, URL: http://www.social-media-skills.org/

Conference organisation:

Conference name: Women Writing Pleasure, Position: Co-Organiser, URL: http://www.womenwritingpleasure.com/

Conference name: Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today, Position: Co-Organiser (with Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones, LJMU; Dr Jonathan Cranfield, LJMU), URL: http://www.neovictoriancultures.org.uk/

Conference name: Writing Bodies/ Reading Bodies in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Position: Co-Organiser, URL: http://pgcwwn.wordpress.com/events/writing-bodies-reading-bodies/

Conference name: A Dead End?: Feminism Within & Beyond the Academy, Position: Co-Organiser, URL: http://www.nadinemuller.org.uk/conferences/dead-end/

Conference name: Theory and Practice in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Position: Co-Organiser, URL: http://pgcwwn.wordpress.com/events/theory-and-practice/

Conference name: Demystifying Public Engagement: Gender and Sexuality Studies Beyond the Academy, Position: Co-Organiser, URL: http://www.nadinemuller.org.uk/conferences/demystifying/

Conference name: The Futures of Feminism: New Directions in Feminist, Gender and Women’s Studies, Position: Co-Organiser, URL: http://futuresoffeminism.wordpress.com/

Conference name: Time and Space in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Position: Co-Organiser, URL: http://pgcwwn.wordpress.com/events/time-space/

Editorial boards:

Publication: Journal of Gender Studies, Position: Editorial Board Member, URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=cjgs20

External committees:

Committee name: Early-Career Researchers Forum, Organisation: Open Library of Humanities, Position: Member

Committee name: Research Careers and Training Network, Organisation: Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Position: Ordinary Member, URL: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Committee name: Executive Committee, Organisation: Contemporary Women's Writing Association, Position: Ordinary Member, URL: http://www.the-cwwa.org/about/executive-committee/

Committee name: Executive Committee, Organisation: Feminist & Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland), Position: Publicity Officer, URL: http://www.fwsa.org.uk/

Industrial connections:

Company: National Memorial Arboretum, Position or project: War Widows' Stories, URL: http://www.thenma.org.uk/

Company: Royal Museums Greenwich, Position or project: War Widows' Stories, URL: http://www.rmg.co.uk/

Company: Imperial War Museums, Position or project: War Widows' Stories, URL: http://www.iwm.org/

Company: Royal British Legion, Position or project: War Widows' Stories, URL: http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/

Company: War Widows' Association of Great Britain, Position or project: War Widows' Stories, URL: http://www.warwidows.org/

Media Coverage:

Links #1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b081l8b6, Media coverage: War Widows' Stories on BBC Radio 4 Woman's Hour (11 November 2016)

Links #1: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05w8135, Media coverage: Free Thinking (BBC Radio 3): "New Generation Thinkers 2015 Launch at the Hay Festival" (28 May 2015)

Links #1: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGuX0rO-DritW75XmoLtuhcgJFbmV0OCo, Media coverage: Live Q&A: ‘Securing a Job after your PhD’, Jobs.ac.uk, 21 January 2014

Links #1: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/research/research-intelligence-the-doctor-will-advise-you-now/420033.article, Media coverage: Elizabeth Gibney, “Research Intelligence: The Doctor Will Advise You Now”, Times Higher Education (24 May 2012), pp. 22-23.

Links #1: http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/news/phd-students-embarrassed-to-be-self-funded/2003587.article, Media coverage: Elizabeth Gibney, “Ph.D. Students 'Embarrassed' to Be Self-Funded”, Times Higher Education (2 May 2013), p. 8

Links #1: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/mar/06/mental-health-academics-growing-problem-pressure-university, Media coverage: Claire Shaw and Lucy Ward, “Dark Thoughts: Why Mental Illness Is on the Rise in Academia”, The Guardian (6 March 2014)

Links #1: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/apr/16/%20mental-health-academia-not-cries-of-privileged, Media coverage: Nadine Muller, “Mental health issues in academia: ‘stories are not cries of the privileged’”, The Guardian (16 April 2014)

Links #1: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2014/oct/01/university-academic-support-student-welfare-wellbeing, Media coverage: Claire Shaw, “How to Help Ensure Students’ Wellbeing”, The Guardian (1 October 2014)

Links #1: http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/2014/nov/25/10-ways-to-make-the-most-of-your-time-as-a-phd-student, Media coverage: Alison Garden, “10 Ways to Make the Most of Your Time as a PhD Student”, The Guardian (25 November 2014)

Links #1: http://viva-survivors.com/2012/10/episode-9-dr-nadine-muller/, Media coverage: Ryder, Nathan, “Episode 9: Dr Nadine Muller”, Podcast Interview, "Viva Survivors: Podcasts About Postgraduate Research, the Viva, and Life after the Ph.D.", Episode 9: Dr Nadine Muller (October 2012)

Links #1: http://http//www.timeshigher%20education.co.uk/story.asp?storycode=420033, Media coverage: Gibney, Elizabeth, “Research Intelligence: The Doctor Will Advise You Now”, Times Higher Education (24 May 2012), pp.22-23

Membership of professional bodies:

Ordinary Member, British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), http://www.bavsuk.org/index.htm

Ordinary Member, Contemporary Women's Writing Assocation (CWWA), http://www.the-cwwa.org/

Ordinary Member, Women’s History Network (WHN), http://www.womenshistorynetwork.org/

Ordinary Member, Transgression International Research Network

Ordinary Member, Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland, http://www.fwsa.org.uk/

Other invited event:

Title of event: Research Seminar: "Exceptional Women: Widows in Victorian Literature & Culture", Location: University of Hull, Description: Department of English Research Seminar

Title of event: Invited Talk: "Anxious Minds: Fostering Mental Health in Academia:, Location: University of Leicester, Description: Supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing of Postgraduate Students Conference. Organised by the UK Council for Graduate Education

Title of event: Invited Talk: "Early-Career Academics & Mental Health", Location: King's College London, Description: Early-Career Academics in English Studies, Study Day

Title of event: Keynote: “Knowledge Is Power: Changing Academia One PhD at a Time, Location: University of Sheffield, Description: Sheffield Doctoral Academy Conference

Title of event: Workshop: "Beyond the Viva Voce: Life & Career after Your PhD", Location: Brunel University, Description: Workshop for the Graduate School at Brunel University

Title of event: Workshop: "The Viva Voce", Location: Brunel University, Description: Workshop for the Graduate School at Brunel University

Title of event: Workshop: “Academia & Social Media”, Location: University of Kent, Description: Workshop delivered for the Graduate School at the University of Kent

Title of event: Invited Talk: “Writing for Survival: Publishing & Precarity in the Lives of Early-Career Researchers”, Location: University of Liverpool, Description: Invited talk to the delegates of the international conference for university presses organised by Liverpool University Press.

Title of event: Workshop: “Academia & Social Media”, Location: University of Lincoln, Description: Workshop for the University of Lincoln's Women in Academic Postgraduate Network.

Title of event: Workshop: “Social Media for Researchers”, Location: University of Exeter, Description: Workshop for postgraduate and early-career researchers at the University of Exeter.

Title of event: Workshop: “Academic Career Development for Early-Career Researchers”, Location: University of Exeter, Description: Workshop early-career researchers organised by the Researcher Development Uni at the University of Exeter.

Title of event: Workshop: “Digital Strategies: Social Media for Researchers”, Location: University of Manchester, Description: Workshop PhD researchers at the AHRC North West Doctoral Centre Conference at the University of Manchester

Title of event: Workshop: “Social Media for PhD Researchers”, Location: University of Greenwich, Description: Workshop for 25 postgraduates at the University of Greenwich, organised by the Research Support Office.

Title of event: Workshop: “The New Academic: Developing a Career in Academia”, Location: University of Birmingham, Description: Workshop for 30 postgraduates and early-career researchers at the Graduate School at the University of Birmingham.

Title of event: Research Seminar: ‘Material Girls: Gender, Objects & Materiality in Neo-Victorian Fiction’, Narrative Research Group, Location: Bournemouth University, Description: Invited research seminar.

Title of event: Workshop: ‘The New Academic: Digital Identities & Postgraduate Research’, Location: University of Kent (Graduate School), Description: Invited half-day workshop.

Title of event: Seminar: “Digital Integrity: Negotiating Academia, Social Media, & Professional Identities”, Re/Search in the Digital Age, Location: University of Liverpool, Description: Invited seminar.

Title of event: Research Seminar: ‘The New Academic: On Politics, Integrity, Happiness, & Success’, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Discussion Group, Location: St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, Description: Invited research talk.

Title of event: Workshop: ‘Careers in Gender & Sexuality Studies’, Centre for Sex, Gender & Sexuality (CSGS) Summer School, Location: Durham University, Description: Invited talk for PhDs and early-career researchers.

Title of event: Keynote: ‘Early-Career Researchers & the Future of Academia’, REF2020: Achieving Excellence in Research Conference, Location: Coventry University (Faculty of Computing & Engineering), Description: Invited keynote.

Title of event: Research Seminar: ‘Making Connections Through Social Media’, Location: Women’s Research Network, University of East Anglia, Description: Invited talk on women, academia, and social media.

Title of event: Research Seminar: ‘The Widow in British Literature & Culture’, Location: Department of English, Durham University, Description: Invited research talk.

Title of event: Workshop: ‘Social Media & Academia’, Early-Career Researcher Network, Location: University of Kent, Description: Invited half-day workshop on the use of social media in academia.

Title of event: Keynote: "A Queer & Dangerous Presence: The Widow in British Literature & Culture, 1900-2000", Location: University of Birmingham, Description: Roles: 3rd Annual Postgraduate Gender & Sexuality Conference, Poster + CFP: http://groles.wordpress.com/roles-gender-and-sexuality-conference/

Title of event: Keynote: ‘“I Write This Sitting in the Kitchen Sink”: Managing Chapters, Chances and Jobs in (Post-)Doctoral Life’, Location: University of Hull, Description: Literature, Film, and Popular Cultures Postgraduate Conference

Title of event: Invited Workshop Leader: "Digitising Women's History: Potentials & Challenges", Location: Working Class Movement Library, Salford, Description: Issues in the Digital Humanities: A Key Skills Package for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers

Title of event: Invited Seminar Talk: "Everyday Value(s): Mapping the Feminist Landscapes of 21st-Century Britain", Location: Durham University (Ustinov College), Description: Cafe Politique: Feminism

Title of event: Invited Seminar Talk, "Tweet to Survive: Social Media for Postgraduates and Early-Career Researcher, Location: London, Description: British Sociological Association Postgraduate Forum

Title of event: Invited Workshop Leader: "Digital Engagement & Social Media", Location: University of Oxford, Description: Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World

Other Professional Activity:

Describe the Professional Activities: Hosting visiting doctoral researcher Juan Jose Martin Gonzalez (University of Malaga, Spain) on a three-months international study visit (June - August 2018).

Research Grants Awarded:

Heritage Lottery Fund, War Widows' Stories, Grant value (£): 9800, Duration of research project: 1 year 3 months

AHRC Collaborative Skills Development Scheme, Contemporary Women's Writing PGR and ECR Development Series, Prof. Lucie Armitt (University of Salford), Dr Fiona Tolan (LJMU), Prof. Gina Whisker (University of Brighton), Dr Susan Watkins (Leeds Metropolitan University), Prof. Clare Hanson (Southampton University), Grant value (£): 43,303, Duration of research project: 18 months

AHRC Collaborative Research Training Scheme (Student-Led Category), Postgraduate Contemporary Women's Writing Network, Katy Gledhill (University of Hull), Cleo Hanaway (University of Oxford), Adele Jones (Swansea University), Claire O'Callaghan (University of Leicester), Louise Sheridan (Northampton University), Grant value (£): £1,950, Duration of research project: 1 Year 6 Months

AHRC Collaborative Research Training Scheme (Public Engagement Strand), Public Engagement in Gender & Sexuality Studies (PEGS), Lucy Gallagher (Newcastle University), Claire O'Callaghan (University of Leicester), Caroline Walters (University of Exeter), Grant value (£): £1,947, Duration of research project: 12 months

Teaching qualification:

Title of qualification gained: Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)