Gillian Wright

Colleges, School and Institutes


I joined Birmingham as a lecturer in 2005, and was appointed to a senior lectureship in 2010, a readership in 2017, and a professorship in 2020. Previously I held full-time research posts at Nottingham Trent University and St John’s College, Oxford. I have also held visiting fellowships at the Institute of English Studies, London, and the Newberry Library, Chicago.

Research interests

My research and teaching both focus on literature from the early modern period, and in particular on poetry, women’s writing, and book history and editing. I am a General Editor on the AHRC-funded Cambridge edition of The Works of Aphra Behn, for which I am editing Behn’s poetry. I also teach contemporary Irish fiction. 

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome applications relating to early modern English and Irish literature, and am especially interested in supervising Masters and PhD projects on women’s writing (particularly Aphra Behn), Restoration poetry, Irish literature, and environmental humanities.