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Core Team and Members

Core Team Bios


Dimitra Fimi (Fantasy Bio)Professor Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in Fantasy and Children’s Literature at the University of Glasgow. 

She has published two award-winning monographs on J.R.R. Tolkien and on Celtic-inspired children’s fantasy, and she has co-edited original manuscripts by Tolkien on linguistic invention. 

She has also published on worldbuilding, medievalism, children’s literature, and adaptation. She co-edits the Perspectives on Fantasy book series (Bloomsbury), and she often contributes to TV and radio programmes on fantasy.

Many of her published essays and articles are available open access here: 


Matt SangsterProfessor Matthew Sangster is Professor in Romantic Studies, Fantasy and Cultural History. His recent work includes Living as an Author in the Romantic Period (Palgrave, 2020) and projects on eighteenth-century library borrowing, literary institutions, the culture of the 1820s, and David Bowie. 

He has published on Mervyn Peake, China Miéville and fantastic visions of whole cities, and was co-curator of the British Library exhibition The Worlds of Mervyn Peake (2011).  At the moment, he is working on notions of history and community in Fantasy literature and culture across a broad chronological span. At Glasgow, he leads the Fantasy Across Media course for the Fantasy MLitt and supervises PhD students working on a wide range of fantasy authors, tropes, forms and ideals.


Core Team:  

Dr Fraser Dallachy
is Lecturer in the Historical Thesaurus of English in the English Language & Linguistics subject area, and is current Deputy Director of the Historical Thesaurus (2nd ed. 2021), which arranges all the words of the language, past and present, into categories by meaning. 

He specialises in historical linguistics with a focus on medieval English language and texts. He has presented on the use of archaic language use in modern science fiction and the use of lexicographical resources in genre writing.


Maureen Farrell (fantasy)Dr Maureen Farrell is a Senior Lecturer in the School of   Education at the University of Glasgow and is the Programme   Leader for the M Ed in Children’s Literature   and Literacies. Her particular area of expertise is in Scottish   Children’s Literature.

She has presented on Scottish children’s fantasy, particularly   the Non-Human in Scottish Children’s Fantasy and on   transformations of the Tam Lin Ballad. She is a Trustee of Moat Brae in Dumfries, the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling. 


Laura Martin (Fantasy Bio)Dr Laura Martin is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature, where she has researched and taught on German and English Romanticism, and in particular on fairy tales (especially German Volksmärchen [folktales] and Kunstmärchen [literary tales]), myth and ‘magical narratives’ in general.

In this area, she has published on German fairy-tale writers/recorders MusäusNaubert, the Brothers Grimm and Mörike, and has a wider interest in Novalis, Hölderlin, ETA Hoffmann and more. In addition to her academic work, Laura is a trainee Jungian psychotherapist working with dream imagery and with myth/fairy tales as therapeutic tools, and is currently writing on ‘The Gifts of the Collective Unconscious’.


Dr Sarah Nicholson is Lecturer in Old Testament/ Tanakh Studies


Dr Timothy Peacock is Lecturer in History and War Studies, and Co-director/co-founder of Games and Gaming Lab (UofGGamesLab/GGLab).
His research interests span early modern and modern, military and political, with a particular focus on Spaceflight History/Science Fiction, Nuclear, Games and Wargaming, AI and Politics. He leads cross-disciplinary projects on research-informed gaming, from co-creating tabletop crisis simulations of flooding Glasgow (Tempest) to finding new ways of using AI to transform cultural heritage sites into historical video games (HeritAIge).


Dr Will Tattersdill is Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Fantasy. He has published on late-Victorian print media, 1980s speculative evolution, polar exploration, museum history, and Star Trek. He is especially interested in worldbuilding as a literary process, and in alternate history science fiction. His current book project is about dinosaurs in popular literature and science, and he is currently editing H. G. Wells's short stories.


Centre Officers:

Equality and Diversity Officer: Mariana Rios Maldonado

Headquarters Officer: Grace Worm

Social Media Officer: Madalena Daleziou

Discord Administrator: Cheyenne Heckermann 

Discord Head Moderator: Hannah Barton 
Discord Moderators: Grace Worm, Madalena Daleziou, Eva McLean, Cornelia Will, Ian Zerafa, Rhys Pasternack, Sam Tegtmeyer, Elena Pasquini


Centre Members:


Professor Marc Alexander, Professor of English Linguistics

Professor Evelyn Arizpe, Professor of Children's Literature

Dr Matthew BarrLecturer in Computing Science

Professor Ben Colburn, Professor of Political Philosophy

Dr Matthew Creasy, Senior Lecturer in English Literature

Dr Fraser Dallachy, Lecturer in the Historical Thesaurus of English

Professor Robert Davis, Professor of Religious and Cultural Education

Dr Cristina Delgado-Garcia, Lecturer in Theatre and Performance

Dr Sheila Dickson, Senior Lecturer in German

Professor Laurence Grove, Professor of French and Text/Image Studies

Dr Lizanne Henderson, Senior Lecturer in History

Professor Alice Jenkins, Professor of Victorian Literature and Culture 

Dr Carolyn Jess-Cooke, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing

Professor Robert Maslen, Honorary Senior Research Fellow 

Dr Anna McFarlane, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr Gavin Miller, Senior Lecturer in Medical Humanities

Dr Sarah Nicholson, Lecturer in Old Testament/ Tanakh Studies

Dr Geraldine Parsons, Senior Lecturer in Celtic and Gaelic

Professor Tony Pollard, Professor of Conflict History and Archaeology

Dr Dahlia Porter, Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Literature and Material Culture

Dr Maha Rafi AtalAdam Smith Lecturer in Political Economy (Politics)

Professor Debra Strickland, Professor of Medieval Art History

Dr Philip Tonner, Lecturer in Education (History)

Dr Zoe Strachan, Reader in Creative Writing

Dr Theo Van Heijnsberge, Lecturer in Scottish Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Professor Louise Welsh, Professor of Creative Writing

Dr Alison Wiggins, Reader in English Language and Manuscripts

Dr Rhys WilliamsSenior Lecturer (English Literature)

Dr Saeko Yazaki, Lecturer in Religious Studies