Katherine Inglis

Chancellor's Fellow - Senior Lecturer; SLLC Director of Quality Assurance & Enhancement

  • English Literature
  • School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures

Contact details



Room 2.05
50 George Square

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  • Personal tutees, supervisees, and students: please email me (k.inglis@ed.ac.uk) if you would like to talk and I will respond within 3 working days. Meetings will run via Microsoft Teams. My working hours are roughly 9 - 5 UK time, Monday to Friday.

    Office Hours:

    I am pleased to offer drop-in consultations with University of Edinburgh students via Teams on Tuesdays (semester one) between 13:45 and 14:45. No appointment is required but there may be a virtual queue at busy times. To drop in for a virtual consultation please use the link below AND be sure to enter using your University of Edinburgh account and with your full name (first and last).



Dr Katherine Inglis received her PhD from Birkbeck, University of London, in 2009, and joined the University of Edinburgh as Chancellor’s Fellow in the School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures in 2012.

Undergraduate teaching

Katherine leads courses in English and Scottish literature, censorship, and literature and medicine. The literature and medicine courses are open to third-year students enrolled on English Literature and Scottish Literature degree programmes and students enrolled on the Bachelor of Medical Sciences Intercalated Degree (B.Med.Sci) in Literature and Medicine. You can read more about the Literature and Medicine Intercalated Degree here or click on 'Media' below to watch a video about the programme.

Please note that due to my research leave I will be teaching only Censorship and English Literature 2 in 2019-20.

Courses that I usually offer include:

Postgraduate teaching

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

I welcome enquiries about PhD supervision in the following areas: censorship of printed literature, literature and medicine (particularly proposals to work on nineteenth-century material), and nineteenth-century literature.

Current PhD students supervised

Melissa Tane Thornton (Lead Supervisor): Predicting Posthumanism: Androids, Automata, and Neural Agency in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Anupama Shukla (Co-Supervisor): Metaphors, Euphemisms, Stigma: Epilepsy in Nineteenth-Century Literature

Past PhD students supervised

Patricia Ayrton (Assistant Supervisor): A Study of the "Post Genetic": Emily Brontë's "EJB" Notebook, 1844 to the Present

Tess Goodman (Assistant Supervisor): “Prized by the Tourist”: Souvenir Books in Victorian Scotland

Research summary

Katherine's research explores the history of reading, the censorship of printed literature, and the intersections between literature of the long nineteenth century, science, and medicine.

She is the author, with Matthew Fellion, of Censored: A Literary History of Subversion & Control (British Library Publishing; McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2017). Her work on nineteenth-century literature has been published in the Journal of Victorian Culture, 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Studies in Hogg and his World, Carlyle Studies Annual, and the George Eliot Review. She has also contributed to recent collections of essays on Elizabeth Gaskell and Scottish medicine and literary culture.

Katherine is working with the Carlyle Letters Project on the Duke-Edinburgh edition of The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle.

Research activities

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View all 18 publications on Research Explorer

Director of Quality Assurance and Enhancement for the School of Literatures, Languages, & Cultures.

Member, Senate Quality Assurance Committee

Impact Co-ordinator, Department of English. 

Management Committee, Centre for the History of the Book


Edinburgh University Students' Association Best Practice in Inclusive Learning and Teaching Award Winner 2018

Edinburgh University Students' Association Best Practice in Inclusive Learning and Teaching Award Runner-Up 2019