School of Modern Languages

Staff Profiles

Dr Rebecca Johnson

Teaching Assistant 18/19


About me

My research interests orient around questions of gender, domestic labour, language, classical literature, material culture, food and eating, cultural history and theory. 

Literary Curation

  • In 2016 I founded the Food Memory Bank, a public archive of food memory that is ongoing. 
  • I co-curate Sitting Room, a long running collaboration producing poetry readings and events featuring upcoming and award-winning poets in London. 
  • I have co-curated a Arts Council funded translation-themed of the Newcastle Poetry Festival 2018, with the Poetry Book Society. 
  • I am co-founder of Voices at the Table, a sell-out literary food salon in London that has featured the likes of Kit de Waal, Rachel Roddy, Bee Wilson, Eli Goldstone, among others.
  • At Newcastle I curated the 'Translation as Collaboration' event in July 2017 featuring poets, artists and composers from across the UK.

Creative and Critical Practice

I have a diverse creative and critical practice that includes writing prose, poetry and reviews, as well as performance pieces and installations for public audiences.

  • I have been commissioned by: The British Council, The Austrian Cultural Forum, Copy Press, The Happy Reader, The Conway Hall, Bon Magazine, Feast Journal, AnOther magazine, Grub Zine, The Times Literary Supplement, The LRB, The Financial Times, AnOther magazine, Bon magazine among others.

I have had a diverse journalism career, principally as a fashion writer and editor for the likes of Vogue, Elle, Telegraph, The Business of Fashion, and many more. 


  • PhD - University College London - research into a contemporary feminist reworking of the Odyssey by German poet Barbara Köhler, 'Niemands Frau'
  • MSt - University of Oxford - Women's Studies
  • BA - University College London (Erasmus study at Humboldt) - German Studies


Co-convenor of the Gender Research Group

Member of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee

Member of the Research Impact and Engagement Committee


My research interests orient around questions of gender, domestic labour, language, classical literature, food as culture, translation, cultural history and theory. 

I am currently (early 2019) writing papers and journal articles about:

Cooking in the novels of Barbara Pym

State-subsidised canteens in mid 20th century Britain