Meet the Committee

Domenico Di Rosa is a PhD researcher at the University of Glasgow looking into representations of queerness and queer love in 20th and 21st century Scottish Literature. Their current research interests include queer theory, women’s writing, intersectionality, and fantasy literature. When not overwhelmed by deadlines, Domenico’s spare time is spent by obsessing over drag performances (including Drag Race and local drag shows) or by procrastinating on Tik Tok for endless hours. 

Mia McGraith Burns is currently studying for a Masters in Politics at the University of Strathclyde. Having completed an undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations in 2020, she was inspired to continue her studies by her gender and feminism classes. Her research focuses on gendered representations of refugees and migrants. Previously, she has presented research at the Political Studies Association Annual Conference. Outside of her studies, she loves to travel and is currently working as an Au Pair in Germany while studying. In her free time she enjoys cooking, reading and spending time with friends.

Tanvir (they/them) is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of social and political science at the University of Glasgow, Scotland and they are funded by the College of Social Sciences PhD Scholarship. They are researching the sexualities and gender beyond heterosexuality in India and Bangladesh: contestations between decoloniality and digital cultures. They had their MSS degree in Social Work and their career is a combination of development work and activism. Tanvir has extensive background as a community organiser and queer rights activist in Bangladesh. Their work cuts across several disciplines with interests in arts and independent publication. They are interested in creative research methods and plans to use these in their project.  

They have curated several cultural texts (comic strip, zine, video) around issues of gender and sexuality. They curated a graphic anthology to conserve the oral history of the local queer community members in Bangladesh. Tanvir has conducted several workshops on queer creative advocacy work. They have received national and international fellowships from the State Department, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), and the Acumen Academy Bangladesh. They were nominated as an inspiring individual for promoting equality by ‘fiveFilms4freedom’ Global List.  

In their spare time Tanvir enjoys making collage and hiking around Scotland.  

Grace Borland Sinclair is a doctoral researcher at the University of Glasgow, working between the Scottish Literature department and the newly established Centre for Fantasy and the Fantastic. Her research attempts to uncover a history of lesser-known Scottish women writers of speculative fiction (including science fiction and fantasy). She is particularly interested in investigating speculative feminist imagining as an outgrowth of lived experience and element of activist praxis. In her spare time she enjoys punk rock music and confusing films. 

Alisha Palmer is a doctoral researcher at the University of Edinburgh in the department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures. Her current research is investigating the politics and aesthetics of abortion representation in early twentieth century literature and culture. Her research explores the tensions between progressive abortion politics and its own history by exploring the discursive histories of abortion politics and representation. In doing so, she hopes to contribute the neglected radical histories of abortion to present conversations. After completing an MA in English Studies: Criticism and Theory at the University of Exeter where she wrote her dissertation on abortion, failure, and modernist aesthetics, she has been inspired to continue researching at the intersection of history, politics, literary studies, and critical theory. Her other research interests include cultural and theoretical engagements with the body, sexuality, nature, and posthuman subjectivities. 

In her spare time, Alisha can be found playing games and cuddling her two beautiful ferrets, Rembrandt and Chai. 

Atim Ubong Utuk is a minister of The Presbyterian Church of Nigeria (PCN), through which she was ordained on 11 December 2016, having been licensed a minister on 22 July 2012.She is currently a student at the School of Divinity, University of Edinburgh where she is studying for an MSc in World Christianity. Her Research interest is in Gender Justice and mainstreaming, and deconstructing feminism. Atim thinks that there’s something Beyond feminism. Atim is the World Christianity programme Postgraduate Taught representative in School of Divinity and School of Divinity’s Representative in the Student Council of the University of Edinburgh. She is an active participant in the weekly worship at New College and have officiated in the college’s weekly Holy Communion. Until leaving Nigeria in September 2022, Atim was an Associate minister in PCN Uyo Cathedral, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria and also served as a chaplain for Uyo Presbytery and the Presbyterian International Nursery and Primary Schools (PINS), Uyo. In addition, she was the coordinator of the Women’s Guild in Akwa Synod and general secretary, Akwa Synod Female Ministers’ Network. Atim distinguished herself creditably from Essien Ukpabio Presbyterian Theological College, Itu, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria, where she obtained her Bachelor of Divinity and at Akwa Ibom State College of Education, Afaha Nsit, Nigeria where she studied for National Certificate in Education (NCE), Mathematics/Computer Science. Atim is a gifted minister with excellent intergenerational and intercultural communication skills, she has a gentle spirit and has the capacity to shape leadership effectively.

Charley Rose Lloyd-Jones (she/they) is a PhD student at the University of Aberdeen. Their research takes a unique interdisciplinary approach to menstrual health, from contemporary medical concepts to historical and literary perspectives. She has an undergraduate degree in English Literature and History – which is where her interests in gender and health began – and an MSc in Global Health Policy, both from the University of Edinburgh. When not reading or writing, Charley enjoys travelling around Scotland, moshing at punk gigs, and finding hidden gems in charity shops.  

Clare Binning (she/her) is a PhD candidate at the University of Strathclyde working on character resonance within virtual involuntary celibate networks. She recently graduated with an MRes English (with Gender Studies) and her research interests include literary and screen media’s role within both the manosphere and the alt-right radicalisation process. When not trawling the Deep Web for data, she enjoys watching ASMR and Revenge of the Sith. Twitter: @ciarebinning

Ella Phillips is currently undertaking a SGSAH funded PhD supported by Jane Scoular the University of Strathclyde law school and co-supervised by Kirstie Blair at the University of Stirling. Her research explores how ‘fallen’ women were identified, categorised, and ‘reformed’ in mid-to-late 19thc legal and literary spaces. Ella is currently undertaking an internship with the Scottish Government, supporting the research and evaluation of a Minimum Income Guarantee. Outside of this, Ella enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, listening to folk music, wild swimming, and exploring nature. She is also a proud dog mum to an energetic but very cuddly black Labrador called Dennis. 

Ellie Hunter is a Masters student at the University of Strathclyde studying Applied Gender Studies. She done her undergrad in History and Politics, with a dissertation focusing on the diagnosis of hysteria in the 19th century and the growing assumption amongst doctors that this was an illness faked by women. Ellie could see parallels between the treatment of women in the 19th century and women today who suffer with endometriosis, whose pain often goes unacknowledged or is minimised by medical professionals. The medical treatment of women is where her main research interests lie particularly issues with menstruation and the pill, generally the struggle women faced to be believed by doctors and why this is the case. Outside of studying, Ellie enjoys walking her 4 year old cockapoo Angus and in her spare time reads books not related to research and gets annoyed at the state of UK politics.

Finn Manders is an MPhil History student at the University of Glasgow, working on early modern Scottish recipe books. She is particularly interested in embodiment, ‘the everyday’ and time – and thinking about gender in relation to each of these. Having worked in Widening Participation for two years after graduating from her Undergraduate degree, Finn continues to be involved in projects tackling educational inequality and access to Higher Education. In her spare time, she runs, attempts to not get injured on the shinty pitch, and enjoys playing fiddle at trad music sessions!

Lucy Mackay is a 2nd year PhD student at Glasgow Caledonian University. After completing her undergraduate in Law at GCU, Lucy continued in the department on a social justice based studentship, beginning a PhD in October 2022. Following from her undergraduate dissertation looking at gender and hate crime in Scotland, her research now focuses on potential legal responses to gender-based public harassment in Scotland. Outside of research, Lucy enjoys spending her free time cooking, wandering around Glasgow and escaping to the countryside to spend time with her family.