Madison Marshall



My PhD research applies social network analysis to a mid-to-late Victorian intellectual circle of family and friends in the Wedgwood-Darwin network (WDN), central to which is the father-daughter relationship of philologist Hensleigh Wedgwood and his daughter, the novelist, feminist writer and literary critic Julia ‘Snow’ Wedgwood. Set against the Victorian backdrop of gendered ideas about intellect and scholarship, my research explores the circulation and exchange of ideas between members of the WDN and within the wider linguistic, literary and scientific community. I am jointly supervised by Dr Richard Salmon (School of English) and Professor Tony Crowley (School of English).


Prior to embarking on my PhD research, I completed a BA in English Language and Linguistics (with Literature) and an MA by Research in Historical Language Studies at the University of Sheffield. Currently an Associate Lecturer in English Language at the University of Derby, I was previously engaged on a fixed-term contract as a Visiting Lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Brighton.


Associate Lecturer in English Language, University of Derby

  • Module Lecturer, Literature (Autumn Semester 2018)
  • Module Leader, Language and Society: Sociolinguistics (Autumn Semester 2018)
  • Module Leader, Style: Language and Literature (Spring Semester 2018)

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)


(Madison) Fiona Carolyn Marshall (2016 [2004]). Edwin Guest: Philologist, Historian, and Founder of the Philological Society of London, Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas Bulletin, 42:1, 11-30, DOI: 10.1080/02674971.2004.11745588.

(Madison) Fiona Carolyn Marshall (2007). The Philological Society: The Early Years. Commissioned article available online: > Downloads > Early PhilSoc history.


CSSAH Research Award

  • Beneficiary of a bi-annual competitive research award to fund a series of archive trips to the Wedgwood Museum in Barlaston

Futures for Women

  • Beneficiary of an annual competitive award for women researchers   
  • Shortlisted from 55 candidates followed by a face-to-face interview with a panel of 8 trustees                                                                                                                                    

Master of Arts’ Scholarship

  • (Research MA) tuition fee scholarship awarded by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, University of Sheffield

Research interests





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