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Katerina (Katia) is an Associate of St Leonard’s at the University of St Andrews where she was recently awarded a PhD for her thesis on Spectral Trauma and Narrative Memory in Margaret Oliphant’s Gothic, supervised by Dr Katie Garner. Her thesis considers Margaret Oliphant’s Gothic fiction through the lens of memory and trauma studies.

Katia holds an MA in Literary Studies from the Complutense University of Madrid, an MSt in English Literature (1830-1914) from Oxford and a BA (summa cum laude) from Georgetown University, where she majored in English and Spanish literature alongside a minor in political philosophy through the School of Foreign Service. 

Though her doctoral work focuses on Margaret Oliphant, Katia has also given conference and seminar papers on Arthur Machen (CSWG Warwick 2019), Robert Louis Stevenson (Aesthetics of Decay Oxford 2020), Charles Dickens (VPFA 2021) and George Eliot (MLAIS Glasgow 2022).

Katia has published articles on "Mesmerism in Late Victorian Theatre" (CJES 2020) and Oscar Wilde (VPFJ 2021) and has papers forthcoming in 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies and OGOM's ‘Ill met by moonlight’: Gothic Encounters with Enchantment and the Faerie Realm in Literature and Culture.

She has also co-organised a three-day conference with Paul Thompson titled Rewriting Gender in An Age of Transition (1880-1940), which took place in September 2022. 


Katia has worked as a tutor in the School of English and via CEED on the following modules:

  • EN1003: "Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature" (Autumn 2020 & Autumn 2021)
  • EN1004: "Empires and Revolutions: Literature 1680-1830" (Spring 2022)
  • EN2004: “Drama: Reading and Performance” (Spring 2023)
  • EN3904: “Crime and Passion in Popular Culture 1: To 1900” (Autumn 2023)
  • ID2007: “Enterprise and Creativity” (Autumn 2023)

She has also been the School Coordinator for the Academic Skills Project in English or “Writing Lab” for the academic year 2021-2022, a position which included module design, recruiting and coordinating other tutors, delivery of seminars and oversight of office hours. In 2023, she supervised the Summer Teams Enterprising Programme (STEP) on "Celebrating English Diversity" (EDI Project), earning the Team Excellence Award.


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