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Dr Nadine Muller

Dr Nadine Muller

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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

Academic appointments

Lecturer in English Literature & Cultural History, School of Humanities & Social Science, Liverpool John Moores University, 2012 - present

Publications

Highlighted publications

Muller N. 2020. [Monograph] The Victorian Widow: A Literary & Cultural History Liverpool University Press. Liverpool Author Url

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

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

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

Book

Muller N. 2020. [Monograph] The Victorian Widow: A Literary & Cultural History Liverpool University Press. Liverpool Author Url

Journal article

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 Author Url Public Url

Muller N, Parsons JE. 2014. Introduction: The Male Body in Victorian Literature & Culture Nineteenth-Century Contexts, 36 :303-306 DOI Author Url

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

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

Muller N, Llewellyn M. 2011. Feminisms, sex and the body Journal of Gender Studies, 20 :315-319 DOI

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

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

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

Muller N. 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 publication

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

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

Film

2016. [Film] Women in Weeds: Victorian Widows

Other

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

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

Chapters

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 DOI

Muller N. 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

Engagement & Impact

Highlighted activities

Research Grants Awarded:

Arts & Humanities Research Council, Leadership Fellow (War Widows' Stories), Grant value (£): 242,124.00, Duration of research project: 1 year 6 months. 2018

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, Rising Star Engagement Award (War Widows' Stories), Grant value (£): 14,719.50, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2018

Heritage Lottery Fund, Sharing Heritage Award (War Widows' Stories), Grant value (£): 9800, Duration of research project: 1 year 3 months. 2016

Media Coverage:

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

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

Professional activities

Research Grants Awarded:

Arts & Humanities Research Council, Leadership Fellow (War Widows' Stories), Grant value (£): 242,124.00, Duration of research project: 1 year 6 months. 2018

British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award, Rising Star Engagement Award (War Widows' Stories), Grant value (£): 14,719.50, Duration of research project: 12 months. 2018

Heritage Lottery Fund, Sharing Heritage Award (War Widows' Stories), Grant value (£): 9800, Duration of research project: 1 year 3 months. 2016

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. 2013

Industrial connections:

Imperial War Museums, War Widows' Stories, http://www.iwm.org/. 2017

Royal British Legion, War Widows' Stories, http://www.britishlegion.org.uk/. 2017

Royal Museums Greenwich, War Widows' Stories, http://www.rmg.co.uk/. 2017

National Memorial Arboretum, War Widows' Stories, http://www.thenma.org.uk/. 2017

War Widows' Association of Great Britain, War Widows' Stories, http://www.warwidows.org/. 2013

Other invited event:

Workshop: “The New Academic: Developing a Career in Academia”, University of Birmingham, Workshop for 30 postgraduates and early-career researchers at the Graduate School at the University of Birmingham.. 2017

Workshop: “Social Media for PhD Researchers”, University of Greenwich, Workshop for 25 postgraduates at the University of Greenwich, organised by the Research Support Office.. 2017

Workshop: “Digital Strategies: Social Media for Researchers”, University of Manchester, Workshop PhD researchers at the AHRC North West Doctoral Centre Conference at the University of Manchester. 2016

Keynote: “Knowledge Is Power: Changing Academia One PhD at a Time, University of Sheffield, Sheffield Doctoral Academy Conference. 2016

Workshop: “Academic Career Development for Early-Career Researchers”, University of Exeter, Workshop early-career researchers organised by the Researcher Development Uni at the University of Exeter.. 2016

Workshop: “Social Media for Researchers”, University of Exeter, Workshop for postgraduate and early-career researchers at the University of Exeter.. 2016

Invited Talk: "Early-Career Academics & Mental Health", King's College London, Early-Career Academics in English Studies, Study Day. 2016

Workshop: “Academia & Social Media”, University of Lincoln, Workshop for the University of Lincoln's Women in Academic Postgraduate Network.. 2016

Invited Talk: “Writing for Survival: Publishing & Precarity in the Lives of Early-Career Researchers”, University of Liverpool, Invited talk to the delegates of the international conference for university presses organised by Liverpool University Press.. 2016

Workshop: “Academia & Social Media”, University of Kent, Workshop delivered for the Graduate School at the University of Kent. 2016

Workshop: "Beyond the Viva Voce: Life & Career after Your PhD", Brunel University, Workshop for the Graduate School at Brunel University. 2016

Workshop: "The Viva Voce", Brunel University, Workshop for the Graduate School at Brunel University. 2016

Invited Talk: "Anxious Minds: Fostering Mental Health in Academia:, University of Leicester, Supporting Mental Health & Wellbeing of Postgraduate Students Conference. Organised by the UK Council for Graduate Education. 2015

Research Seminar: "Exceptional Women: Widows in Victorian Literature & Culture", University of Hull, Department of English Research Seminar. 2015

Research Seminar: ‘Material Girls: Gender, Objects & Materiality in Neo-Victorian Fiction’, Narrative Research Group, Bournemouth University, Invited research seminar.. 2015

Workshop: ‘The New Academic: Digital Identities & Postgraduate Research’, University of Kent (Graduate School), Invited half-day workshop.. 2015

Seminar: “Digital Integrity: Negotiating Academia, Social Media, & Professional Identities”, Re/Search in the Digital Age, University of Liverpool, Invited seminar.. 2014

Research Seminar: ‘The New Academic: On Politics, Integrity, Happiness, & Success’, Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Discussion Group, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford, Invited research talk.. 2014

Workshop: ‘Careers in Gender & Sexuality Studies’, Centre for Sex, Gender & Sexuality (CSGS) Summer School, Durham University, Invited talk for PhDs and early-career researchers.. 2014

Keynote: ‘Early-Career Researchers & the Future of Academia’, REF2020: Achieving Excellence in Research Conference, Coventry University (Faculty of Computing & Engineering), Invited keynote.. 2014

Research Seminar: ‘Making Connections Through Social Media’, Women’s Research Network, University of East Anglia, Invited talk on women, academia, and social media.. 2014

Research Seminar: ‘The Widow in British Literature & Culture’, Department of English, Durham University, Invited research talk.. 2014

Workshop: ‘Social Media & Academia’, Early-Career Researcher Network, University of Kent, Invited half-day workshop on the use of social media in academia.. 2014

Invited Workshop Leader: "Digital Engagement & Social Media", University of Oxford, Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World. 2013

Invited Workshop Leader: "Digitising Women's History: Potentials & Challenges", Working Class Movement Library, Salford, Issues in the Digital Humanities: A Key Skills Package for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers. 2013

Keynote: "A Queer & Dangerous Presence: The Widow in British Literature & Culture, 1900-2000", University of Birmingham, Roles: 3rd Annual Postgraduate Gender & Sexuality Conference, Poster + CFP: http://groles.wordpress.com/roles-gender-and-sexuality-conference/. 2013

Invited Seminar Talk, "Tweet to Survive: Social Media for Postgraduates and Early-Career Researcher, London, British Sociological Association Postgraduate Forum. 2013

Invited Seminar Talk: "Everyday Value(s): Mapping the Feminist Landscapes of 21st-Century Britain", Durham University (Ustinov College), Cafe Politique: Feminism. 2013

Keynote: ‘“I Write This Sitting in the Kitchen Sink”: Managing Chapters, Chances and Jobs in (Post-)Doctoral Life’, University of Hull, Literature, Film, and Popular Cultures Postgraduate Conference. 2012

Conference organisation:

Women Writing Pleasure, Co-Organiser, http://www.womenwritingpleasure.com/. 2015

Neo-Victorian Cultures: The Victorians Today, Co-Organiser (with Dr Lucinda Matthews-Jones, LJMU; Dr Jonathan Cranfield, LJMU), http://www.neovictoriancultures.org.uk/. 2013

Time and Space in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Co-Organiser, http://pgcwwn.wordpress.com/events/time-space/. 2011

The Futures of Feminism: New Directions in Feminist, Gender and Women’s Studies, Co-Organiser, http://futuresoffeminism.wordpress.com/. 2011

Demystifying Public Engagement: Gender and Sexuality Studies Beyond the Academy, Co-Organiser, http://www.nadinemuller.org.uk/conferences/demystifying/. 2011

Theory and Practice in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Co-Organiser, http://pgcwwn.wordpress.com/events/theory-and-practice/. 2010

A Dead End?: Feminism Within & Beyond the Academy, Co-Organiser, http://www.nadinemuller.org.uk/conferences/dead-end/. 2010

Writing Bodies/ Reading Bodies in Contemporary Women’s Writing, Co-Organiser, http://pgcwwn.wordpress.com/events/writing-bodies-reading-bodies/. 2009

Award:

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

LJMU Curriculum Enhancement Award, Liverpool John Moores University, http://www.social-media-skills.org/. 2014

Teaching qualification:

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). 2014

External committees:

Early-Career Researchers Forum, Open Library of Humanities, Member. 2013

Executive Committee, Contemporary Women's Writing Association, Ordinary Member, http://www.the-cwwa.org/about/executive-committee/. 2012

Research Careers and Training Network, Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Ordinary Member, http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Pages/Home.aspx. 2012

Executive Committee, Feminist & Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland), Publicity Officer, http://www.fwsa.org.uk/. 2009

Editorial boards:

Journal of Gender Studies, Editorial Board Member, http://www.tandfonline.com/action/aboutThisJournal?show=editorialBoard&journalCode=cjgs20. 2012

Membership of professional bodies:

Ordinary Member, Transgression International Research Network. 2012

Ordinary Member, Women’s History Network (WHN), http://www.womenshistorynetwork.org/. 2011

Ordinary Member, Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland, http://www.fwsa.org.uk/. 2009

Ordinary Member, Contemporary Women's Writing Assocation (CWWA), http://www.the-cwwa.org/. 2008

Ordinary Member, British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), http://www.bavsuk.org/index.htm. 2007

Media Coverage:

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

http://viva-survivors.com/2012/10/episode-9-dr-nadine-muller/, 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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Professional Activity:

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