Dr Mila Daskalova

  • Research Fellow (English Literature)


I am a SGSAH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow. I completed my PhD (also SGSAH-funded) at the University of Strathclyde in 2022. I hold a MSc degree in Book History and Material Culture and an English Literature MA (Hons) degree from the University of Edinburgh. Since 2021 I have been involved in the expansion of the Curran Index of the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, working closely with the ledgers of the Chambers’s Journal and conducting attribution research. I have also contributed to the AHRC-funded ‘Piston, Pen and Press’ database.

Research interests

  • Nineteenth-century British and American literature and culture
  • Literature and medicine, especially representations of illness and the doctor-patient relationship
  • The role of print in forming and sustaining communities and identities
  • Victorian periodical studies
  • Book and media history

Specialising in nineteenth-century British and American culture, I am currently reworking my PhD thesis into a monograph that will trace the history of periodicals published in nineteenth-century asylums and explore the role of these publications in the institutions and in the lives of the patients and staff.

I have published on early phrenologists’ publications (Journal of the Edinburgh Bibliographical Society, 2020) and the connection between printer’s mental health, their relationship with work, and their attitudes to the changes in their trade (Book History, 2021).