My current research focuses on nineteenth-century freethought periodicals. As a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow I am working on the project  ‘Reading the Freethought Movement: Atheism, Agnosticism, and Secularism, 1866–1907’. I am co-editor on the Routledge Historical Resource Nineteenth-Century Religion and Literature, Vol. 4 Disbelief and New Beliefs, with Naomi Hetherington (2020), with whom I am also editing a forthcoming special issue on religion for Victorian Popular Fictions Journal.  I have previously been awarded a 2017 Curran Fellowship by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals to undertake a project titled ‘Reviewing The Secular Review (1876-1907)’.

My monograph – Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher and Poet – won the 2017 Peter Lang Young Scholars Competition in Nineteenth-Century Studies and was published in October 2019; it builds upon my PhD thesis on Naden as an exemplary Victorian interdisciplinary thinker. It is the first full-length study on Naden’s life and works. Aspects of my research on Naden have been published in articles in Victorian Poetry (2018), Journal of Victorian Culture (with Sarah Parker, 2018), and Literature Compass (2017). I have also published on gender, class, and disability in the case of the artificial hand in Victorian Literature and Culture (2017).

I am the editor of the British Association for Victorian Studies newsletter, and I was previously the editorial assistant for the journal Modernist Cultures.

I was previously Research Impact Officer for UCL’s Faculties of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Birmingham, where I taught on a variety of modules within the BA and MA programmes, and more recently taught on the BA Comparative Literature degree at UCL. I was the 2017/18 C19 Matters Early-Career Fellowship at Cardiff University (run jointly by BAVS and BARS).


Blog: https://nadensyearinsonnets.wordpress.com/


PhD, ‘Constance Naden as Scientist, Philosopher, and Poet’ (AHRC funded). University of Birmingham, 2017.

MLitt in Victorian Literature. University of Glasgow, 2011.

MA Hons. in English Literature. University of Glasgow, 2010.



Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet. (Peter Lang, 2019).

Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature and Society, Vol. 4 Disbelief and New Beliefs. Ed. by Naomi Hetherington and Clare Stainthorp (Routledge, 2020).



‘On the Discovery of a Sequence of Constance Naden’s Notebooks: Finding her Voice, 1875-79’, Victorian Poetry 56.3 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1353/vp.2018.0015

‘Tracing the Sculptural Legacy of Constance Naden: Memorialisation, Gender and the Portrait Bust’, Journal of Victorian Culture. Co-authored with Sarah Parker (2018). https://doi.org/10.1093/jvcult/vcy046

‘Constance Naden: A Critical Overview’, Literature Compass, 14 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12401 and ‘Teaching guide for “Constance Naden: A Critical Overview”’, Literature Compass, 14 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1111/lic3.12410

‘Activity and Passivity: Class and Gender in the Case of the Artificial Hand’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 45 (2017), 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1060150316000401


Reviews and encyclopedia entries

‘Review: The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women’s Poetry’ ed. by Linda K. Hughes’, Women: A Cultural Review, 30.4 (2019), 491–94 [1300 words] DOI: 10.1080/09574042.2019.1676063

‘Constance Naden’ and ‘Freethinkers’, Palgrave Encyclopedia of Victorian Women Writers, ed. by Lesa Scholl and Emily Morris(2020)[3000 +2500 words] DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-02721-6

‘Review: The Political Poetess Victorian Femininity, Race, and the Legacy of Separate Spheres by Tricia Lootens’, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, 14.2 (2018) http://www.ncgsjournal.com/issue142/stainthorp.htm

‘The Victorian Period: Poetry’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 96 (2018), 844-71. Co-authored with Michael J. Sullivan. https://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/may009

‘The Victorian Period: Poetry’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 96 (2017), 872-97. Co-authored with Michael J. Sullivan.  https://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/max015

‘Review: Lauren Cameron, “Spencerian Evolutionary Psychology in Daniel Deronda’, Victorian Literature and Culture, 43 (2015)”’, Journal of Literature and Science, 9.2 (2016). https://doi.org/10.12929/jls.09.2.08

‘The Victorian Period: Poetry’, The Year’s Work in English Studies, 95 (2016), 914-40. Co-authored with Clara Dawson. https://doi.org/10.1093/ywes/maw015


Policy Report

Structurally Unsound. UCL and Resolution Foundation ‘Exploring Inequalities: Igniting research to better inform UK policy’ project report (2019).Co-authored with Siobhan Morris, Oliver Patel, and Olivia Stevenson. [30,000 words]

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