Dr Alexandra Campbell

Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



David Hume Tower
George Square

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  • Office Hour: Thursdays 13:00-14:00 DHT 4.15 (please email for an appointment)


Dr Campbell completed her undergraduate degree in English Literature and Comparative Studies in 2011 at the University of Warwick, and her MA in English Literature and Comparative studies  the following year. After completing her doctorate at the University of Glasgow in 2017 she worked as a Lecturer in English at Bath Spa University, specialising in 'Literature and the Environment'. She joined The University of Edinburgh in 2018 as an Early Career Research and Teaching Fellow.

Undergraduate teaching

  • English Literature 1 
  • English Literature 2 
  • Edinburgh in Fiction/Fiction in Edinburgh 
  • The Black Atlantic 
  • World Literature and the World Ocean
  • Fairy Tales 

Postgraduate teaching

  • Fairy Tales 
  • 'Poor Things': Capitalism, Reification and 20th Century Literature

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research arises at the intersection of several critical discourses including critical ocean studies, the environmental humanities and world literature perspectives. I am particularly interested in ecologies and poetries of the sea and am currently working on my first monograph, provisionally titled 'Hydropoetics: Waste Frontiers and the World Ocean'. The project examines how experimental poetics emerging from Guam, the Marshall Islands, Nigeria, the Caribbean, Bangladesh, Canada and the USA metabolises not only socio-economic conditions of inequality and injustice, but also oceanic ecosystem decline. Centred on four key areas of concern including offshore oil, ocean plastics, shipping routes, and deep-sea munitions dumps, the book examines the underlying logics of sacrifice, colonisation, and devaluation that have resulted in the uneven distribution of toxification and waste across the World Ocean.

My broader research and teaching interests include contemporary ecopoetry; the blue humanities; archipleagic and transatlantic studies; world literature and postcolonial ecocritical perspectives; petroculture and the energy humanities; speculative fiction and ‘cli-fi’.

I have published and forthcoming articles in The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, Humanities, Études Écossaises and Anglistik, and have book chapters in the forthcoming Bloomsbury Contemporary Critical Perspectives on John Burnside, and the Palgrave MacMillan edited collection 'The Politics of Space and Place in Scottish Literature'.