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Leverhulme Early Career Fellows

Our Leverhulme-funded early career fellows work for a period of years on a particular project and are located within one of the Faculty’s academic Schools.

School of Geography

Dr Casper Laing Ebbensgaard - Luminous Verticality: The changing geographies of East London at night
263 high-rise buildings are planned for construction across London, and 47% will be located in London’s East End. This project examines these newly designed residential high-rises within their wider context at night, by questioning to what extent the lived experience of the night is taken into account when designing them. The research questions the role of lighting design to how residents living in and nearby these new high-rises feel at home, or not at home at night. The research draws on ethnographic methods and will involve collaboration with a photographer and The Geffrye Museum of the Home.

Dr Azeezat Johnson is a social geographer, interested in conversations about Black (and) Muslim geographies to push against the marginalisation of Black Muslim women. Her current research seeks to move away from explaining structures of whiteness to those who benefit from it.

School of English and Drama

Dr Harriet Phillips is Editor on the AHRC-Funded project 'The Complete Works of Sir Thomas Browne', based in the School of English and Drama at Queen Mary University of London. She arrived at Queen Mary in 2013 after completing her Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge on cheap print and the popular past. She has published on Shakespeare, on Thomas Browne and popular culture, and on early modern broadsides and the public sphere, and is currently revising her doctoral thesis into a monograph.

School of History

Dr Caroline Ashcroft is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the history of political thought in the twentieth century.

Dr Sarah Dunstan is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on how philosophical and cultural understandings of what it meant to be human were deployed across the French and British empires, and America, in the mid-twentieth century.

Dr Lyndsey Jenkins is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on Labour women MPs between 1945 and 1979.

Dr David Kennerley has received a Leverhulme ECF and will be joining the School in September 2017. He is currently a PDF on an ERC grant attached to the Music Department at King’s College London. He took his degrees at Oxford University. His Leverhulme project is entitled, ‘A sonic history of Chartism: Music, sound and politics in Britain, c.1838–1848’, and he will be working under the mentorship of Dr Rob Saunders.

Dr Anna Maguire is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the experiences of troops from New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies during the First World War.

Dr Ian Stewart is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the intellectual and cultural history of Britain, Ireland and France in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Dr David Veevers is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the early modern origins of the British Empire in Asia through a study of the English East India Company.

School of Languages, Linguistics & Film

Dr David Anderson is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow working on the circulation of the intercultural circulation of ‘declinist’ narratives in the postwar period.

Dr Ben Holgate is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow whose research focuses on how the explosion of data this century has fundamentally changed the structure of the economy and how we live our lives.

Past Fellows

School of Politics and International Relations

Dr Lisa Tilley was working in PAIS as Research Associate on the Newton Funded project: 'The Everyday Political Economy of Urban Resettlement'. She is also co-convener of the Raced Markets collaborative research project with QMUL and Associate Editor of the Global Social Theory pedagogical resource. Her wider research explores material approaches to ‘the colonial question’, as well as regimes of racial and gendered difference in relation to processes of accumulation and dispossession in economies of extraction. She has published work in relation to debates within political economy, political ontology, post/decolonial thought, and decolonial methodology, and her latest article on the ethics and economics of research methods, Resisting Piratic Method by Doing Research Otherwise, will soon be published with the journal Sociology. Lisa also won a 2016 Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence for her decolonial pedagogical innovations in PAIS.

School of Languages Linguistics and Film

Dr Michal Murawski - An anthropologist of architecture and cities, who completed his PhD at Cambridge before taking up a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at The School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies (SSEES), University College London, 2014-16. His work focuses on the complex social lives of monumental buildings, and on the architecture and planning of Eastern European communism, particularly its continuing impacts on 21st-century cities.


Dr Jonathan Kasstan - A variationist sociolinguist with research interests in French, the regional languages of France (esp. language death theory), and phonetics and phonology more generally. He completed his PhD at the University of Kent, and has taught at Kent, QMUL, and the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3.

School of History

Dr Laura Tisdal joined the School of History in Spring 2018 to take up a Leverhulme ECF. She will be joining us from a temporary post at Durham University. She took her degrees at Cambridge. Laura’s Leverhulme project is entitled ‘Adolescents’ conceptions of adulthood in Britain, c. 1950 to the present day’, and she will be working under the mentorship of Dr Rhodri Hayward.

Dr Oskar Cox Jensen was awarded a Leverhulme ECF in 2016. He joined up from King’s College London, where he working as a PDRA on an ERC research grant. He took his degrees at Oxford University. His topic is ‘Life in London: a biography of street in indigenes in Seven Dials’, and he will be working under the mentorship of Professor Colin Jones.

Dr Chris Moffat was a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-20) working on the philosophy and anthropology of history as well as theories and histories of architecture. His current research considers the contested status of ‘the past’ in Pakistani politics and public life. The project focuses on the role of the built environment in mediating relationships to history, exploring conflicts over the construction, conservation and destruction of buildings in Pakistan’s major urban centres.

School of Law

Dr Thomas MacManus is a Lecturer in State Crime and (Acting) Director of the International State Crime Initiative in the Department of Law. He has a BA (Hons) in Law and Accounting (University of Limerick), an LLM (with distinction) in International Law (University of Westminster) and a PhD in Law and Criminology (King’s College London). Thomas is admitted as an Attorney-at-Law (New York) and Solicitor (Ireland). He is an Editor-in-Chief of State Crime journal, an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights, and Joint Editor of Amicus Journal: Assisting Lawyers for Justice on Death Row.