Jo Rodgers

Jo Rodgers


I graduated from the University of Leeds with a First Class Honours degree in English and German in 2015, and with a Merit in English Literature (Modern & Contemporary pathway) in 2016. Having worked in education in Austria and Leeds, I returned to the university in October 2019 to begin my PhD on representations of abortion in contemporary science fiction. My research is funded by the John Barnard doctoral scholarship.

Research interests

  • Contemporary science fiction and speculative fiction
  • Medical Humanities
  • Feminist theory and feminist fiction
  • Abortion, pregnancy and maternity in fiction


My PhD thesis explores a reframing of abortion as presented in contemporary near-future reproductive rights dystopias in 21st century American fiction. I am interested in how the future of abortion is imagined in fiction, and how that intersects with the realities of abortion today, as reflected in references to contemporary legal and medical texts within my research. 



John Barnard Scholarship (October 2019-)

Winner of Undergraduate Essay Prize from Sibéal Feminist and Gender Studies Network (July 2015)


‘Imagining Abortion: Foetal Personhood and Leni Zumas’ Red Clocks (2018)’, Representing Women’s Health Conference, University of Glasgow (virtual conference, June 2020).

‘Birthing American Selves: Writing hybrid identities through pregnancy and childbirth,’ School of English MA Conference, University of Leeds (June 2016). In addition to presenting a paper, I was also a member of the team organising this annual conference.

‘Gender & Sexuality: P.D. James’ The Children of Men and Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World,’  Invisible Lines, the 8th Annual Sibéal Conference, University of Limerick (November 2015). Funded by School of English MA Conference Fund.



  • MA English Literature: Modern & Contemporary pathway (University of Leeds)
  • BA English and German (University of Leeds)