Rebecca Roach

Colleges, School and Institutes

External positions

, King's College London

31 Aug 201831 Aug 2020


My teaching and research at the University of Birmingham focuses on contemporary literature. Prior to joining Birmingham I was a postdoctoral research associate at King’s College London, working on the European Research Council-funded project, “Ego-Media: The Impact of New Media on Forms and Practices of Self-Presentation” (2014-2019). Before this I completed a doctorate at the University of Oxford, a Masters at the University of Edinburgh and my undergraduate at the University of Oxford. Despite a very English accent, I was born in the USA and schooled there, Germany and in the British state school system. 

Research interests

My research straddles twentieth and twenty-first century Anglophone literatures. I am particularly interested in the relation of literature and literary studies to wider culture. Research interests include digital cultures, life writing, book and media history (including reading communities), transnational modernism and its legacies, the institutionalisation of literary studies, literary and interdisciplinary methodologies, and the culture of celebrity as it interacts with literature.

My first book, Literature and the Rise of the Interview examines the rise of the interview in literary culture and was published by OUP in 2018.

My second book project examines the intersection between literature and computing since the Second World War.

I am also an affiliate researcher at King’s College London as part of the European Research Council-funded Ego Media project (2014-2019), which deploys interdisciplinary approaches to examine the forms and representations of social media.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am interested in supervising projects on any aspect of 20th and 21st century literature related to my specific research interests.