Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr


Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr is an academic specialising in Victorian and modern English literature, the interaction between science and literature, and theatre studies, especially science in theatre. In 2015, she was appointed a Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Oxford.

After completing a BA in English at Yale University, she worked in publishing for two years before completing a Master of Arts programme at the University of Oslo, funded by a Fulbright Grant, and then a PhD in English at the University of Oxford. She taught at North Carolina State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the University of Birmingham, before taking up a post at Oxford in 2007 as a fellow and tutor at St Catherine’s College.

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