School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

Professor Jennifer Richards

Joseph Cowen Professor of English Literature


Roles and Responsibilities

Director of Newcastle University Humanities Research Institute (NUHRI)


BA English Literature Hons (Queen Mary College, University of London); PhD (Edinburgh University) 



Renaissance English literature, especially the writing of the mid- to late Tudor period, Anne Askew, William Baldwin, Thomas Nashe, William Shakespeare; history of rhetoric (especially training in delivery/performance); history of reading; history of the book; scholarly editing; medical humanities; the physical voice and voice studies; soundscapes.


I am in the early stages of new work on 'The Evolution of the Sounded Book'.

My most recent book, Voices and Books in the English Renaissance: A New History of Reading, was published by Oxford University Press in 2019. Related to this subject, I co-led an AHRC Research Network, Voices and Books 1500-1800, with Richard Wistreich (Royal College of Music) in 2013-2015. Our collaborative academic output, a collection of essays titled Voicing Texts 1500-1700, has recently been published by Huntington Library Quarterly.

I am the co-lead, with James Cummings, Michael Rossington, Tiago Sousa Garcia, Paul Watson, and Magnus Williamson of Animating Text Newcastle University (ATNU), a collaboration between Humanities and Data Science funded by Newcastle University, exploring the question: what is a text in the digital age?

I am a general editor of the new Oxford Critical Edition of the Works of Thomas Nashe, alongside Joseph Black, Andrew Hadfield and Cathy Shrank. I am the PI of the AHRC-funded Thomas Nashe Project. With Kate De Rycker and Andrew Hadfield, I am co-editing The Oxford Handbook to Thomas Nashe (Oxford University Press: in preparation).

With Virginia Cox (NYU), I am co-editing Rhetoric in the Renaissance 1380-1640, Volume III in The Cambridge History of Rhetoric, General Editors: Rita Copeland and Peter Mack (Cambridge University Press, in preparation).



Appointed to the UK Research and Innovations Future Leaders Fellowships (UKRI FLF) programmes Peer Review College, 2018-


Appointed to the AHRC Advisory Board, 2017-2020

Appointed to the AHRC Advisory Board, 2012-2015

Chair of the AHRC Advisory Group for the strategic theme: Care for the Future, 2013-2016

Chair of AHRC Research Careers and Training Advisory Group, 2014-2016

Member of the steering committee for the BA/AHRC Review of Support for Arts and Humanities Researchers Post-PhD, 2014:

English Association

Chair of the English Association Higher Education Committee, 2015-2020

Member of the Board of Trustees, English Association 2015-

Member of the review group for the QAA Subject benchmark statement for English, February 2015

Society for Renaissance Studies

Editor of Renaissance Studies, 2012-2020

Associate Editor of Renaissance Studies, 2007-2012

Member of the Council of the Society of Renaissance Studies, 2007-2012; 2012-2020