Research Support Officer (UACA) – Dr Elizabeth Dobson

I was appointed in Spring 2017 as the research support officer for the AHRC-funded project, Understanding Audiences for the Contemporary Arts (UACA).

My academic interests span the nineteenth, twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a particular emphasis on slavery, race and African American literature. I graduated with an MA in English literature from the University of Glasgow in 2001, and went on to complete two further degrees at the University of Sheffield, an MA in American literature (2003) and a PhD in African American literature (2007).  Since then, I have held lectureships at Leeds Trinity University, the University of Chester, and the University of Hull.  As well as teaching widely, I have published articles on Caribbean Canadian speculative fiction, Jewish American writing, and blackface minstrelsy and slave narrative, and edited two essay collections on the contemporary American novel. My interest in literary representations of race and slavery has also allowed me to work with the University of Hull’s Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE).

  • Writing America into the Twenty-first Century: Essays on the American Novel, co-edited with Anne-Marie Evans (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2010)
  • Reading America: New Perspectives on the American Novel, co-edited with Anne-Marie Evans (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2008)
  • “‘Twisting Herself Into All Shapes’: Blackface Minstrelsy and Comic Performance in Harriet Wilson’s Our Nig.”  European Journal of American Studies, 1 (2014), document 3. URL:
  • “Vanishing Bodies: ‘Race’ and Technology in Nalo Hopkinson’s Midnight Robber.” African Identities: Journal of Economics, Culture and Society, 7:2 (2009), 177-191.
  • “Building Up America: Architecture, Autobiography and the Precarious Construction of Urban Identity in Anzia Yezierska’s Bread Givers”, US Studies Online, 6; autumn (2004).