Madison Marshall



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, feminist writer and literary critic Julia ‘Snow’ Wedgwood (JW). Set against the Victorian backdrop of gendered ideas about intellect and scholarship, my research intersects at the disciplinary boundaries of life writing, linguistics, and Victorian literature, culture and society. My thesis is framed in a wider discussion of the WDN, within which the intellectual position of HW and JW is more narrowly contextualized. I am supervised by Dr Richard Salmon (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. Recently employed as 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. I also have three years' experience as a Teaching Associate in English Language and Linguistics at the University of Sheffield.


Associate Lecturer in English Language, University of Derby

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

Teaching Associate, University of Sheffield

  • Module Tutor: Issues in the History of Linguistics (Level 7); History of Linguistics (Level 6); Lexicography (Level 6); Introduction to Linguistics (Level 4)


(Madison) Fiona Carolyn Marshall (2016). Edwin Guest: Philologist, Historian, and Founder of the Philological Society of London. Language & History (formerly Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas Bulletin). Taylor & Routledge Online:

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


Doctoral Scholarship (WRoCAH)

  • Annual competitive award
  • White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH), Consortium of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York
  • Supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)

Research Master’s Scholarship (University of Sheffield)

  • Awarded by the Faculty of Arts & Humanities to undertake postgraduate research in the School of English at the University of Sheffield

Research Award (Futures for Women)

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

Research Award (CSSAH)

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

Research interests

Life Writing

Victorian Literature, Culture and Society

History of Linguistics





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