Sophie Welsh

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College: College of Humanities
Research Centre/Unit: Centre for Victorian Studies

Sophie completed her BA in English at the University of Exeter in 2016 and was awarded both the Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Achievement in the Final Year of Study and the College Commendation for Academic Improvement. After graduation, she worked at the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford. In 2018, she was granted a Collaborative Doctoral Award by AHRC’s South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWWDTP) on a PhD project on the subject of ‘Hardy, Dorset and the Wider World’ in collaboration with Dorset Museum and Dorset History Centre. This project is supervised by Professor Angelique Richardson at the University of Exeter and Professor Mary Hammond at the University of Southampton.

Her PhD project is looking at cultures of cartography in the works of the novelist and poet Thomas Hardy, moving beyond Hardy’s map of Wessex to the ways in which historic and contemporary forms of mapping informed the way Hardy wrote about and constructed his fictional landscapes. More broadly, her research interests include Victorian studies, geocriticism, history of cartography, space and place.

Sophie is a Postgraduate Representative for the Centre for Victorian Studies at the University of Exeter, a Research & Editorial Assistant for COVE (the Central Online Victorian Educator) and a Teaching Assistant on the second-year Revolutions and Evolutions (19C Writings) module at the University of Exeter.