Organising committee

Dr Jane Potter

Jane PotterJane is a Senior Lecturer in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Her research and teaching focuses on book and literary history. Her monograph Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women’s Literary Responses to the Great War 1914-1918 (OUP 2005; paperback 2007) was joint winner of the 2006 Women’s History Network Book Prize and she has published widely on many aspects of war literature, book history, and women’s writing. Her current research is a collaborative project on the written responses to trauma of wartime medical personnel from the Second Anglo-Boer War to Iraq. Previously Research Editor for Literature (1780-2000) at the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, the Editor of the Wilfred Owen Association Journal, a member of the Editorial Board of The Journal of Scholarly Publishing, and an academic advisor for the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Trust.

Leander Reeves


Leander is Senior Lecturer in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Subject Coordinator for their Publishing Media Undergraduate Programme. She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes and holds an MA in Electronic Media. She has a broad range of book and magazine publishing experience, with many years spent as a print and interactive designer in London and New York. Her research interests include: magazine culture, hyperreality, science fiction, gender portrayal, and sexual behaviour in magazines.

“The Philosopher, the Magazines, the Glamour Model and her Avatar” Women in Magazines Conference, Kingston University, June 2012

“The Princess and the Pauper: The lasting legacy of Princess Diana on the creation and use of fabricated celebrity in women’s consumer magazines” Gender, Race, and Representation in Magazines and New Media Conference, Cornell University, October 2013

Her essay ‘Diana: magazines, her celebrity and its lasting impact on an industry’ can be found in Inside Magazine Publishing (2014) published by Routledge. Leander is also a regular guest on BBC Radio Oxford where she contributes to broader media discussions.

Hannah Yelin

Hannah YelinHer current research interests are celebrity, gender, autobiography, critical theory, and media. Her PhD at UEA’s School of American Studies analyses the memoirs of young, female celebrities and their use of the rhetoric of empowerment to tell stories of being out of control. After a BA in English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths she completed an MA in European Literature, Culture and Thought at Queen Mary with a dissertation examining the gendered ethics of the attribution of meaning and authority within contemporary literary fiction. Hannah then had a 10 year career in advertising before her recent return to academia. During this time she worked for organizations ranging from small organizations such as the Charities Aid Foundation to behemoths like the BBC. She has won many awards including €50,000 prize money for sexual health charity Brook Advisory, a Promax Effectiveness award for repositioning national treasure Radio 3, and awards from the Media Guardian, the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, and the Grand Prix at the Design Business Awards for the creation of the TV channel Dave. She can now mostly be found knee deep in celebrity memoirs weighing up the intersections between authenticity, agency and access.

Elizabeth Lovegrove

Elizabeth LovegroveLiz is a PhD student and associate lecturer at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, and a learning technologist and online tutor at the Oxford Centre for Staff and Learning Development, both at Oxford Brookes University.

Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘How did readers and producers of twentieth-century magazines for teenage girls negotiate the nature of girlhood?’ building on similar research on Victorian periodicals during her masters degree in Women’s Studies at Oxford University. She was part of the development and teaching team on some of the UK’s first accredited MOOCs (massive open online courses) and continues to teach and research in this area.

Her research interests are around periodicals, gender, and language; amateur internet publishing cultures; and online learning and teaching.

Dr Nancy G. Rosoff

Nancy RosoffNancy is Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Studies at Arcadia University and an historian by training. Her publications include articles in the Women’s History Magazine (UK), the Journal of American Culture, and the OAH Magazine of History, as well as a chapter in Sport, Rhetoric, and Gender: Historical Perspectives and Media Representations.  Nancy has a chapter accepted for the forthcoming Women in Magazines: Research, Representation, Production and Consumption  She has presented her research at the meetings of multiple scholarly organizations in the US and the UK, including a plenary address at the 2011 History of Education Society conference.

Dr Rosoff is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Women’s Education, University of Winchester. Her research interests include history of women; women’s athletic activity; sports and popular culture; history of education; and gender and popular culture. Her teaching interests include the history of women and gender; sports and popular culture; and American and British cultural history. She is completing a manuscript on the perception of athletic women in American popular culture between 1880 and 1920. Her current project, which she is conducting with a colleague in the UK, is a transnational analysis of fiction written for teenage girls published in the United States and United Kingdom between 1910 and 1965, focusing on novels with school and college settings.

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