Professor Hazel Hutchison

Professor Hazel Hutchison


I joined the University of Leeds in 2021 as Head of the School of English. I have responsibility for the teaching and research activities of the School, for the management of staff and finances, and for supporting a lively critical and creative community. I work closely with other members of the School Leadership Team to ensure that students have an outstanding learning experience, and that staff provide excellent education and carry out world-class research. 

I am a Fellow of the English Association (FEA) , a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA). I am also a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM) and serves as a Trustee on the Board of the Institute. I represent the Heads of School of the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures on Senate.

Previously, I worked at the University of Aberdeen, where I received her PhD in 2000. I was then appointed to a teaching and research contract there, and went on to hold number of academic and leadership roles, most recently as Dean for Portfolio Development and Programme Promotion. I am also a former President of the Henry James Society and serve on the Editorial Board of the Henry James Review. 

Research interests

I have published widely on British and American Literature of the nineteenth and twentieth century. I have particular interests in the life and work of Henry James, and in American writing of the First World War. My most recent monograph The War That Used up Words (Yale, 2015) examined the political and cultural impact of American writing from the war zone during the conflict. I am currently producing a scholarly edition of The Turn of the Screw and Other Tales, as part of the Complete Fiction of Henry James series for Cambridge University Press. I have also published articles on Victorian poetry and fiction, and on the interaction of literature and science in the nineteenth century. I have a long-standing interest in teaching writing skills, and have also published books for students on this theme. 

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  • PhD English (Aberdeen, 2000)
  • MA English Literature (Edinburgh, 1989)

Professional memberships

  • English Association
  • Advance HE
  • Royal Society of Arts
  • Institute of Leadership and Management
  • Henry James Society