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Children's Literature Research Centre People

Staff members and Associates of the group are listed below. Where possible, names are linked to personal profiles which contain contact details and further information about research and teaching activities. In the listing, a blue star (star) indicates those available to supervise research students.


Karen Coats

Professor of Education
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Academic Staff

Joel Chalfen

Teaching Associate
Drama Education
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Frances Foster

Senior Teaching Associate - Classics
Secondary PGCE, Tripos and Masters

Georgina Horrell

Teaching Associate
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Zoe Jaques

University Senior Lecturer
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Joe Sutliff Sanders

University Lecturer
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Fiona Maine

University Senior Lecturer
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Associate staff

  • Blanka Grzegorczyk, Teaching Associate
  • Jane Warwick, Teaching Associate (secondary affiliation)

Affiliated staff

  • Melanie Keene, Fellow, Homerton College
  • Debbie Pullinger, Fellow, Wolfson College
  • Morag Styles, Fellow Emerita, Homerton College
  • David Whitley, Fellow, Homerton College

Doctoral students

  • Jen Aggleton
  • Michelle Anya Anjirbag
  • Ross Buckingham
  • Julie Blake
  • Nard Choi
  • Katy Day
  • Meghanne Flynn
  • Aline Frederico
  • Clare Freeman
  • Sarah Hardstaff
  • Nicol Hilton
  • Madeleine Hunter
  • Chris Hussey
  • Lisa Kazianka
  • Breanna McDaniel
  • Madison McLeod
  • Maggie Meimaridi
  • Catherine Olver
  • Siddharth Pandey
  • Anna Purkiss
  • Emma Reay
  • Anna Savoie
  • Angela Schill
  • Richard Shakeshaft
  • Tyler Shores
  • Vera Veldhuizen
  • Julia Wang
  • Amy Webster
  • Maya Zakrzewska-Pim

Visiting scholars

We host visiting scholars working within children's literature for periods ranging from one week to one year. Visiting scholars join a friendly and supportive community of colleagues and students and participate in all of the CLRC's and the Faculty of Education's activities. They benefit from ample work space, IT support, and two libraries with excellent collections of children's literature and reference texts, as well as the Cambridge University Library.
 As being a visiting scholar at Cambridge is highly attractive the CLRC is only able to host a limited number at a time; we typically receive applications a year in advance. Please note that visiting scholar status does not include supervision.
See the About the Faculty of Education Visiting Scholars page or contact Maria Nikolajeva ( for further information about the role of visiting scholars or application procedures.

View high recommendations on our Previous Visitors pdf.

Group Secretary

Lucian Stephenson (