Projects per year
I moved to Strathclyde in August 2016 after seven years at the University of Glasgow as lecturer and Senior Lecturer, followed by three years as a Chair at the University of Stirling. From 2017-20 I have been Head of the School of Humanities at Strathclyde. My main research expertise is in Victorian literature and culture, particularly poetry and poetics, Scottish Victorian popular culture and literature, working-class writing, literature and religion, and literature and medicine. I also have growing research and teaching interests in children's literature from the nineteenth century to the present day, and in contemporary fanfiction studies. I supervise PhD students across these varied fields and am always interested in discussing new PhD projects.
I have published three monographs with Oxford University Press. The most recent, Working Verse in Victorian Scotland: Poetry, Press Community, won the 2019 Saltire Society Scottish Research Book of the Year and Scottish Book of the Year awards. I also recently completed an anthology of Scottish Victorian newspaper verse, The Poets of the People's Journal: Newspaper Poetry in Victorian Scotland (Glasgow: ASLS, 2016). My work on these publications was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and Carnegie Trust. I was also recently CI on a Carnegie Collaborative Research Grant with the University of Glasgow, 'The People's Voice: Political Poetry, Song and the Franchise, 1832-1918' (2016-2018) and worked with Dr Lauren Weiss on the 'Literary Bonds' project on mutual improvement societies and their periodicals, funded by the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals.
From 2018-21 my main activity is centred on the 'Piston, Pen & Press' research project, funded by the AHRC, which investigates literary cultures in the industrial workplace. Through this, I work with collaborators Dr Mike Sanders and Dr Oliver Betts, and with multiple industrial heritage museums and local libraries. Our various activities are detailed at www.pistonpenandpress.org and on Twitter @PistonPen.
Academic / Professional qualifications
DPhil, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 2003
Diploma in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Oxford, 2004
MPhil, St Anne's College, University of Oxford, 2000
Kennedy Scholarship, Harvard University, 1997-8
MA, Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, 1997
Bachelor of Arts, University of Cambridge
30 Sep 1994 → 30 Jun 1997
Award Date: 30 Jun 1997
1/10/18 → 30/09/22
Project: Research - Studentship
1/09/18 → 31/01/22
Blair, K., 24 Feb 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Victorian Poetry. 59, 1
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Blair, K., 20 Mar 2019, The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Women's Poetry. Hughes, L. K. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 129-144 16 p. (Cambridge Companions to Literature).
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter (peer-reviewed) › peer-review
Blair, Kirstie (Recipient), 30 Nov 2019
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)