Junior Research Fellows

Junior Research Fellowships (JRFs) are designed for people who are beginning their research career, having just finished their PhD.  Appointments are fixed at three years.   The College generally appoints two JRFs a year starting from the 1st of October. Please see the vacancies page for more information about applying.

Current Queens' Junior Research Fellows are:

Photo Name Primary discipline Research interests
Dr Rosa van Hensbergen English

My research to-date has looked at the language that makes bodies move: dance notation, verbal instruction, stage directions. In the period I work on – the immediate post-war to the contemporary – there is an opening up of techniques and formats for the ‘recording’ of movement, legible in creative communities dispersed throughout the globe. My focus has been on the written and performance works of Japanese choreographer Tatsumi Hijikata, playwright Samuel Beckett, and choreographer and filmmaker Yvonne Rainer. I have published articles on Beckett and contemporary dance and I’m currently working on a monograph for OUP Oxford Studies in Dance Theory Series on Hijikata’s poetic notational language. My next project is on post-war poetry in performance, with a particular focus on transpacific exchange.

Alongside my research, I translate academic and art writing from Japanese, write and publish poetry, and create performance works in collaboration with choreographers and composers. My latest project with singer Kate Huggett is a BBC/ICA New Creatives Commission being supported for development in 2022 by Britten-Pears/Snape Maltings.

Dr Ruth Lawlor

I am a historian of the United States in the world with an interest in race, gender, nation, and empire. My PhD research focused on American soldiers and the politics of rape in World War II Europe and drew on archival research in the United States, Britain, France, and Germany. The dissertation not only documented sexual violence itself, but also explored the ways that stories of individuals and their experiences of rape came to interact with the high-level politics of four nations seeking to reaffirm their identities in the context of a gruelling war and uncertain post-war. This research will form the basis of my first book, and I am also working on a second project, a labour history of U.S. empire, which will focus on America’s civilian workers overseas from 1945 to 2001.

Dr Elsa Noterman Geography

My research primarily focuses on collective struggles over access to land and housing. I am interested in how these contestations highlight forms of everyday commoning, and reveal entanglements of settler colonial and racial capitalist logics in the reproduction of U.S. city spaces. My recent work examines how everyday use of "vacant" land and buildings in the city of Philadelphia both reinforces and destabilizes normative notions of urban development and property. This project serves as the basis for several articles as well as a monograph on contested vacant geographies, which is currently under development. I also write about working and organizing within educational spaces, and am involved in several collaborative critical cartography projects.

Dr Camilla Penney Natural Sciences

I am interested in understanding how the Earth's continents move and change shape through time. My work ranges from using fluid dynamics to model how mountains are affected by gravity to thinking about how to prevent earthquake and tsunamis from becoming natural disasters. I am particularly interested in areas with rare, large earthquakes where populations may be vulnerable because the narrative of how to build for and respond to earthquakes has been lost. Many of these regions, such as Kashmir, Assam and the Balochistan, are poorly instrumented, so understanding how they move and the associated earthquake hazard involves bringing together data and techniques from different geological disciplines, from seismology to stable isotopes.

Dr Charlotte Proudman Law

My main research interest is gender equality under the law. While the law is intended to promote equality, laws that regulate women’s lives and bodies can become a mechanism for discrimination. I focus on how the law seeks to regulate female genital mutilation (FGM) in Western nations. In particular, I apply a socio-legal analysis to explore why FGM continues to be performed when it is a criminal offence; why there have been few prosecutions for the practice in Western jurisdictions; and the impact of high-profile cases upon FGM-performing communities’ attitudes towards the practice and the criminal justice system. Empirical research is qualitative, interviewing stakeholders responsible for designing and enforcing the law and women from FGM-performing communities. The aim of my research is to contribute to the lacuna in the literature and to have an impact upon policy thereby helping to better safeguard those at risk. My interest in FGM stems from my role as a human rights barrister representing women and girls at risk of FGM and I have advised the government on legislative changes.