Meet the Committee

screen-shot-2017-01-20-at-11-53-27Rian Sutton is a co-founder of the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland. She graduated from Duke University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in History and English and obtained her Master’s Degree in Gender History from the University of Edinburgh in 2013.  She is currently a PhD student in History at the University of Edinburgh studying press representations of women indicted for murder in New York City and London, 1880-1914. Rian likes the concept of running and hiking (and sometimes talks herself into it) but can usually be found napping or reading.


Rachel Davis is a co-founder of the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 2012 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Ancient/Medieval History. She completed her Master’s degree in 2014 at the University of Edinburgh in Medieval History. She’s currently in the third year of her PhD in Scottish History at the University of Edinburgh. Her research project focuses on women and power in late medieval Scotland, c.1300-c.1450. Rachel spends much of her free time running and swimming long distances.


Lois Burke is a co-founder of the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in English at Teesside University, and obtained her Master’s degree in Romantic and Victorian Literature from Durham University in 2015. She is currently researching her PhD at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research focuses on Victorian girls’ experiences of puberty and maturation through their life writings and the literature they read. She works closely with the Museum of Childhood and the Scottish Early Literature for Children Initiative (SELCIE.) Lois likes to go walking in the countryside when she’s looked at too much tiny handwriting.

13339560_1308310365849970_3645961072847168480_n-1Ashley Dee Paton joined the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland committee in September 2016, shortly after its foundation in April of that year. Her academic journey began at the University of Edinburgh in 2011, where she obtained her MA (Hons) and MSc in History. In 2016 she moved on to the Open University to begin her PhD. She is currently researching conceptions of marital violence in Victorian Glasgow. Ashley Dee’s free time is usually spent knitting, pub quizzing, or cuddling dogs (occasionally all three simultaneously) and also sometimes running (is it odd that we almost all run?).

AlisonAlison McNaughton is an MRes (Master of Research) Modern Languages student at the University of Glasgow, funded by the School of Modern Languages&Cultures as part of the Leverhulme International Research Network ‘Translating Feminism’. Her research intersects gender and translation studies, focusing on the influence of transnational feminisms in Spain, during the period of ‘la Transición’ from dictatorship to democracy (c1975-1981). In her free time, she enjoys yoga, hiking and running as well as working with Scotland’s 2050 Climate Group and TEDx University of Glasgow.

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