Madison Marshall



Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH), my PhD research examines a mid-to-late Victorian intellectual circle of family and friends within the Wedgwood-Darwin network (WDN), central to which is the father-daughter relationship of philologist Hensleigh Wedgwood (HW) and his daughter, the novelist, biographer, and critical essayist Julia ‘Snow’ Wedgwood (JW).

Set against the Victorian backdrop of gendered ideas about intellect and scholarship, my thesis is framed in a wider discussion of the WDN, within which the intellectual position of HW and JW is more narrowly contextualized. Drawing extensively on unpublished archives, my thesis intervenes between the model that frames the narrative within singular social networks and that which considers the impact of multiple non-exclusive collaborative networks. I am supervised by Professor Richard Salmon (School of English).


Prior to embarking on my PhD research, I completed a BA (Hons) in English Language with Linguistics (First-Class dissertation) and a Research MA in Historical Language Studies (with Distinction) at the University of Sheffield. I was ranked first place in my MA year with a straight run of First-Class grades and the highest awarded Distinction for my dissertation in nineteenth-century linguistics.

Currently employed as a PGTA in English Literature and English Language at the University of Leeds, I have also taught across a number of modules in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield. I have held positions as a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Brighton and as an Associate Lecturer in English Language (subsequently 0.5 Lecturer) at the University of Derby, where I achieved the highest rating across all five HE Colleges and Departments for ‘Module Teaching’, ‘Engagement’ and ‘Overall Satisfaction’ in the Module Evaluation Comparison Survey (2018); I was also co-nominated for the Celebration of Staff Excellence Awards in the ‘Game Changer of the Year’ category (2019).


Doctoral Scholarship (AHRC)

  • (2019–2022) Full Award, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) through the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH), University of Leeds

Research Award (WRoCAH)

  • (2019) Small Award to fund a series of archive visits to the V&A Wedgwood Collection at World of Wedgwood

Research Award (Futures for Women)

  • (2016) Annual competitive award for women researchers: shortlisted from 55 candidates, followed by a face-to-face interview with a panel of 8 trustees      
  • (2020) Ex-beneficiary receives Research Council award                                                                  

Research Award (University of Leicester)

  • (2016) Bi-annual competitive research award to fund a series of archive visits to the V&A Wedgwood Collection at World of Wedgwood, awarded by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Leicester 

Research Master’s Scholarship (University of Sheffield)

  • (2003) Awarded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, University of Sheffield


PGTA in English Literature and English Language, University of Leeds

Seminars and lectures

  • Victorian Literature (Spring Semester 2021)
  • Power of Language (Spring Semester 2021)


  • Foundations of English Studies (Autumn Semester 2019)

Associate Lecturer in English Language / 0.5 Lecturer in English Language, University of Derby

  • Acting Module Leader, Style: Language and Literature (Spring Semester 2018)
  • Acting Module Leader, Language and Society: Sociolinguistics (Autumn Semester 2018)
  • Module Lecturer, Foundation Literature (Autumn Semester 2018)
  • Lecturer, Foundation Programme Joint Honours (English) (Autumn Semester 2017)
  • Subject Leader and Lecturer, L3 English Language (2018–2019)

Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics, University of Brighton

  • Module Lecturer, Text Design: Genre and Style (Spring Semester 2017)
  • Research Project Supervisor, Researching English Language Use (Spring Semester 2017)

Teaching Associate in English Language and Linguistics, University of Sheffield

  • Issues in the History of Linguistics (postgraduate module); History of Linguistics (3rd-year module); Lexicography (3rd-year module); Introduction to Linguistics (1st-year module)


Selected Presentations

  • (15 March 2022) ‘Contribution and collaboration in the Wedgwood-Darwin network’. WiP Seminar Series, Centre for History and Philosophy of Science, University of Leeds
  • (1–2 October 2021) Opening paper on ‘Epistolary Self-Creation’ presented online at the Epistolary Research Network Conference (TERN)
  • (7 September 2021) ‘Past, Present and Future in the ‘Epistolary Album’ of Darwin’s Niece: Julia ‘Snow’ Wedgwood’. Lunchtime Research Seminar Series [Online], V&A Research Institute (VARI), Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • (2005) Invited talk: ‘In redefining linguistics and philology: gustibus non est disputandum’. Research Seminar Series, English Language Research Group, School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh
  • (2005) ‘Linguistics and Philology: Separation or Synthesis?’ First Scandinavian Ph.D. Conference. University of Bergen, Norway
  • (2004) Plenary paper: ‘Thomas Hewitt Key: A New Period of Influence’. Annual Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, Trinity College, University of Oxford
  • (2003) ‘Edwin Guest: Philologist, Historian, and Founder of the Philological Society of London’. Annual Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, Jesus College, University of Oxford

Professional Membership

  • British Association of Victorian Studies (BAVS)

Professional Practice

  • Custodian, The Philological Society Archives (2002–2016)
  • Principal Conference Organiser, Annual Colloquium of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas, University of Sheffield (7–10 September 2006)
  • Editorial Assistant, Bulletin of the Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas (now Language & History) (2006–2007)
  • Web Editor, The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas (2005–2007)
  • Elected Committee Member, The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas (2005–2007)

Research interests

  • Victorian literature, culture and society
  • life writing
  • epistolary writing
  • history of linguistics


  • MA (by Research) in Historical Language Studies (with Distinction)
  • BA (Hons) in English Language with Linguistics (First-class dissertation)