I joined the University of Liverpool in 2009 and was appointed Head of Department at the Institute of Irish Studies in September 2018.
I welcome PhD students interested in studying aspects of twentieth-century literature or cultural history, including but not limited to literary modernism, late modernism, censorship, suffrage, theatre history and/or drama.
I received my doctorate in English from Oxford University, and I was Adrian Research Fellow in English at Darwin College, Cambridge University, prior to joining the Institute of Irish Studies. I have also taught twentieth-century literature at Goldsmiths, Queen Mary University of London, Southampton, and Oxford.
I am Co-director of the Yeats International Summer School for 2018-2021, and I have been awarded fellowships in the U.S., in Ireland, and the U.K., including as Burns Distinguished Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies, twice as a fellow at Trinity College Dublin's Long Room Hub, at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, and at Cambridge University's Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities.
Currently, I'm writing Yeats, Pound, and Late Modernism in Mussolini's Italy for Oxford University Press. This book argues for the development of late modernist aesthetics among Anglophone writers living in or traveling through Rapallo, Italy, in the 1920s and 1930s. I am also editing, with Matthew Campbell (York), the Oxford Handbook of W.B. Yeats, and I am sole editor of the collection Late Modernism & Expatriation, forthcoming with Clemson University Press. As founding General Editor of International Yeats Studies, a peer-reviewed open-access journal, I welcome essays considering any aspect of W.B. Yeats's life and work at this important moment of critical reassessment.
My previous books include Revolutionary Lives: Constance and Casimir Markievicz (Princeton University Press, 2016) and W.B. Yeats, the Abbey Theatre, Censorship, and the Irish State: Adding the Half-Pence to the Pence (Oxford University Press, 2010). I have published articles on topics including agitation-propaganda theatre, Irish Modernism, and women's suffrage activism. I have appeared on BBC Parliament (tv), BBC Radio 4 Women's Hour, BBC Radio Ulster, and I write articles and reviews for the Irish Times and Times Literary Supplement.
- Director, W.B. Yeats International Summer School (Yeats Society Sligo 2018)
- Annual W.B. Yeats Birthday Lecture (Keynote Speech, National Library of Ireland 2018)
- Keynote Lecture (Interrogating Markievicz) (Keynote Speech, Richmond Barracks & Dublin City Council 2018)
- Visiting Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, Trinity College Dublin Long Room Hub Arts & Humanities Institute 2018)
- Burns Visiting Scholar in Irish Studies (Competitive Fellowship, Boston College 2017)
- Visiting Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, Trinity Long Room Hub, Arts and Humanities Research Institute 2017)
- Keynote (Keynote Speech, American Conference of Irish Studies, New England 2016)
- Visting Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, Harry Ransom Center Research Collection 2016)
- Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, W.B. Yeats International Summer School 2016)
- Erasmus Teaching Fellowship to Trinity College Dublin (Competitive Fellowship, University of Liverpool 2014)
- 37th Annual Constance Markievicz Memorial Lecture (Keynote Speech, Irish Association for Industrial Relations 2013)
- Visiting Fellow (Competitive Fellowship, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Cambridge 2013)
- Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, J.M. Synge Summer School 2012)
- Outstanding Early Career Researcher, Finalist (of 3) (University of Liverpool 2012)
- Public Lecture (Invitation to Speak, W.B. Yeats Summer School 2011)
- Head of Department
- Family-friendly mentor in the School of Histories, Languages, and Cultures
- Lauren oversees the MA in Irish Studies at Liverpool's London campus