Richard Graham



College: College of Humanities
Discipline: English
Department: English

Richard Graham is a PhD candidate studying the effects of web search engine technologies, particularly Google, on our understanding and perceptions of knowledge. Asking, in what ways might Google change the way we think, learn, and participate in notions of community?

Richard completed his BA (Hons.) in English Studies (1st Class) and MA in Theory and Criticism (Distinction) here at Exeter. His PhD research is supported through a fully-funded AHRC studentship in Digital Humanities.

Richard is a keen teacher within and outside Exeter's English department. He has taught Critical Theory on Exeter's Approaches to Criticism module and led students within the University's Grand Challenges programme. In September 2014 he worked as a Teaching Assistant for the prestigious Semester at Sea programme, sponsored by the University of Virginia. In this role Richard taught Architecture and Atlantic History while living aboard a ship travelling around the Atlantic, which visited 17 cities in 15 countries.

(Syllabuses and a full itinerary can be found here:

Richard's interests in digital networks and archiving also inform various practical applications of his academic work. In particular, Richard has worked as Head of Digital Archiving for Tuckers Hall (Heritage Lottery Funded Project). Richard's main project at the Hall was building and maintaining a digital archive of minute books relating to the Exeter Guild of Weavers, Fullers and Shearmen from the 15th Century up to the present.

(More information can be found here:

Richard keeps an academic blog which can be found at: and tweets in an academic capacity from @richardnvgraham