Hazel Wilkinson

Hazel Wilkinson

Colleges, School and Institutes

Research interests

My first monograph, Edmund Spenser and the Eighteenth-Century Book (Cambridge, 2017) was a study of the eighteenth-century editions of the Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser. It reflects my interests in the reception of renaissance poetry and drama in the long eighteenth century, the history and practice of scholarly editing, and the history of the book and print culture. 

I am currently co-editing (with Marcus Walsh) Alexander Pope’s Ethic Epistles, for The Oxford Edition of the Writings of Alexander Pope. I am also building on my recent essay on the publication history of the Spectator to write a book-length study of the Spectator’s influence on British literary culture in the long eighteenth century. 

I have an interest in digital humanities, specifically the application of computer vision and machine learning to the analysis of historical texts. I am Principal Investigator on Fleuron, an online database of eighteenth-century printers’ ornaments, decorative typography, engravings, and diagrams (fleuron.lib.cam.ac.uk). 


I joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2017. Before this I was a Junior Research Fellow in English Literature at Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. 

I have held fellowships at the Huntington Library, California, the Library of Congress, Washington DC, the Library Company of Philadelphia, and the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. I have previously held the Mark Samuels Lasner Fellowship in Printing History (2016), and the Katherine F. Pantzer Jr. Fellowship in Bibliography (2015). I was the winner of the 2016 Göttingen Dialog in Digital Humanities, and at the University of Cambridge I won a Vice Chancellor's Public Engagement with Research award (2016). 

At Birmingham, i am on the Steering Committee of the Birmingham Eighteenth Century Centre, and I am a member of the Centre for Literary Editing and the Materiality of the Text.


• PhD English Literature, University College London
• MA Renaissance Literature 1500–1700, University of York
• BA Hons English Language and Literature, University of Oxford

Education/Academic qualification

  • Doctor of Literature, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

    PhD English Literature

    1 Oct 2010 - 31 Jul 2014
  • Master of Arts, University of York

    Renaissance Literature 1500-1700

    1 Oct 2009 - 30 Sep 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

    English Language and Literature

    1 Oct 2006 - 30 Sep 2009

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students in the following areas: the literature and culture of the long eighteenth century; the history of the book; digital humanities; literary editing; poetry; renaissance literature; Edmund Spenser; Alexander Pope; reception studies.

Current supervision projects include the reception of Shakespeare in the eighteenth century.