Sandro Eich
  • KY16 9AJ St Andrews

    United Kingdom

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Research overview


I'm a PhD student in English at the University of St Andrews, researching narratives of whistleblowing in contemporary non-fiction, fiction, and mass media. His project, provisionally titled "Whistleblowing Narratives" investigates the cultural context(s) and representation(s) of whistleblowing in 21st-century fiction and non-fiction, and am supervised by Dr James Purdon. After having studied for a BA at the University of Cologne and University College London, I was awarded an MA in English Studies and Comparative Studies from the University of Cologne in 2020. I have worked as editorial assistant for Anglistik: International Journal of English Studies, and was a fellow of the Research Masters programme offered by the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne. My PhD project is funded through the Handsel Scholarship by the University's School of English. Additionally, I work as Senior Library Assistant (Metadata and Repository Services) for the University Library of St Andrews.

Research interests

My research interests include representations of espionage and secrecy from the 18th to the 21st century, media and form, contemporary forms of cultural production, and inter-, cross-, and transdisciplinary approaches towards reading and interpreting fiction. As a comparative studies scholar, I am particularly invested in the deconstruction of disciplinary boundaries in the humanities and seek to explore new ways of reading fiction outwith its historical and cultural context(s).


I am affiliated with the Centre for Research into Information, Surveillance & Privacy (CRISP) of the University of St Andrews. I was the Postgraduate Academic Convenor for the St Andrews Students' Association during the academic year 2022/23. Additionally, I am a member of, and since September 2023, the secrectary for the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies. Additionally, I am a member of the German Association for Australian Studies, the German Association for the Study of British Cultures, and the British Comparative Literature Association.

Teaching & Research

School of English

  • EN1003 Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Literature (Martinmas Semester 2021; 2022)
  • EN2004 Drama: Reading and Performance (Candlemas 2022; 2023)
  • EN3215 Atomic Cultures: Anglophone Writing and the Global Cold War (Martinmas 2023)
  • EN4437 American Fiction 1950-2000: Postmodernism and Beyond (Martinmas 2023)

Center for Educational Enhancement Development (CEED):

  • Academic Skills Project Workshop Leader (Academic Year 2021/2022/2023)
    • Interdisciplinarity in/as English Studies
    • Referencing and working with secondary resources
    • Revising and editing university essays
  • ID2007: Enterprise and Creatvitiy  (Martinmas 2023)

University of Edinburgh

  • Scottish Universitities International Summer School, Theatre & Performance Studies, (July-August 2023)


  • Sutton Trust Summer School July 2022 - University of St Andrews
  • Sutton Trust Summer School May 2023 - University of St Andrews

Research Assistantships 

  • 'On Becoming a Digital Subject' — Principal Investigator: Professor Kirstie Ball (March-June 2023)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, The Affordance of the 'Post-' Event: Negotiating 21st-Century Culture in Contemporary British Fiction, UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE

Award Date: 18 Aug 2020

Bachelor of Arts, Spaces and Places: Analysing the City in Zadie Smith's NW from Postcolonial and Postmodernist Perspectives, UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE

Award Date: 17 Aug 2018

External positions

Online Teaching Assistant , UNIVERSITY OF COLOGNE

15 Oct 202028 Feb 2022


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