Academic Background

Katherine Cooper studied at the University of Sussex and Newcastle University. She earned her Ph.D. in 2013 from Newcastle University with a project looking at World War Two and nation in the novels of Margaret Storm Jameson.

She taught at Newcastle and at Teesside University before coming to UEA in 2017 as Senior Research Associate. At UEA, she works with Professor Rachel Potter on a project exploring writers' organisations and free expression.

Key Research Interests

Katherine is chiefly interested in the ways in which ideas of war, nation and Europe intersect in the literature of the twentieth century. She has a long-standing interest in women's writing and the the politics of recuperating marginalised or forgotten female writers.

She is currently working on a book looking at how British writers like H.G. Wells, Rebecca West and Storm Jameson helped refugee writers to escape from Europe during World War Two. 

A BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker, she has has appeared at Hay festival and at the BBC Free Thinking Festival and makes regular appearances on BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 talking about her research.

She is an editor of the international interdisciplinary journal Feminist Theory and a member of the Feminist and Women's Studies Association, WAR-Net and the War and Displacement network.