Lena Wånggren

Teaching Fellow; Tutor


Dr Lena Wånggren works as Teaching Fellow (Centre for Open Learning) and Tutor (Department of English Literature), teaching courses on English and Scottish Literature, gender studies, and feminist writing. She works primarily on gender, intersectionality and social justice in nineteenth-century literature, but also publishes on equalities in education and at work. She has specific expertise in feminist, decolonial and antiracist pedagogies.

Lena's recent publications include two articles on literary feminist utopias (Women's Writing, 2024) and nineteenth-century trade union fictions (VLC, 2024). As part of her work on equalities in the workplace, she co-authored (with Krista Bonello) Working Conditions in a Marketised University System: Generation Precarity (2023), an intersectional study on casualisation in UK universities. Her monograph Gender, Technology and the New Woman (2017) examines the links between gender, feminism and technology in late-Victorian writing. Her current research project, funded by a Willison Trust Award, examines literary writings in nineteenth-century women's trade union periodicals.

Lena has held previous research and teaching positions in English Literature at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (2014), Edinburgh Napier University (2016-2017), University of Glasgow (2017-2023), and University of Edinburgh (2009-). With expertise in EDI issues, she has researched and taught on equalities in the workplace at Heriot-Watt University (2019-2023), and is currently the Director of EDI at the Centre for Open Learning.


PhD in English Literature (University of Edinburgh, 2012)

MSc in English Literature (University of Edinburgh, 2008)

BA (Hons) in Literary Studies (Stockholm University, 2007)

Undergraduate teaching

Literatures, Languages and Cultures

  • Literary Studies 2A: English Literature in the World, 1380-1788 
  • Literary Studies 2B: English Literature in the World, post-1789 

Centre for Open Learning

  • Rooms of Their Own: Feminist Thought in Literature
  • Gender and Sexuality in Literature

Research summary

Lena's research concerns questions of gender, intersectionality and social justice in nineteenth-century literature and culture, alongside interdisciplinary work on equalities in education and at work.

In nineteenth-century literary studies she works specifically on gender, intersectionality and science/technology/medicine, as seen in her monograph Gender, Technology and the New Woman (2017) and in a number of articles and book chapters. She co-edited (with Karin Sellberg and Kam Aghtan) the book Corporeality and Culture: Bodies in Movement (2015) on the relation between literature, culture and embodiment. She writes also on Scottish literature, pedagogy, feminist writing and history, and workplace equalities. She maintains an interest in material culture and book history, having been Research Fellow on a number of book history projects, including the New Edinburgh Edition of the Works of R L Stevenson (2011-2017), the Mehew Collection (2016-2017), The Stirling/South Carolina (S/SC) Edition of James Hogg (2018), and nineteenth-century periodicals (2020). Her current work focuses on nineteenth-century women's trade union periodicals.

She has co-edited a number of journal special issues, including (with Maja Milatovic) one on education, intersectionality and social justice, for the Journal of Feminist Scholarship (2015), and one on international education and educational rights, for the International Education Journal: Comparative Perspectives (2018). Previously, Lena co-edited a special issue of Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies entitled 'Writing Bodies: Gender and Medicine in the Nineteenth Century' (July 2013), and a special issue of Somatechnics on technology and embodiment (Mar 2014).