Staff research

We have a strong and dynamic research culture.

Staff research activities

We conduct and publish research in a wide range of fields within the discipline, emphasising both critical and creative contributions to new knowledge. Staff members include distinguished researchers in several fields. We have been recognised nationally and internationally through awards and special citations, appointments to editorial boards and election to the New Zealand Academy of Humanities, the Royal Society of New Zealand and other bodies.

Staff regularly publish monographs and editions, journal articles, novels, poetry and short story collections. This strong research culture is reflected and continued by our graduate students, who are actively assisted to publication and to attending national and international conferences.

Staff research interests

We have a diverse array of research interests. Our research strengths include:

  • late medieval and early modern literature (1400-1700)
  • nineteenth-century literature
  • creative writing
  • drama
  • modern and contemporary literature
  • colonial and post-colonial literature, including New Zealand literature
  • critical literacy and critical method.

Staff members are also specialists in such areas as literature and evolution, literature for younger readers (children’s and adolescent), and Irish literature.

Research seminars are held regularly and include presentations by staff, PhD students, members from other Faculty of Arts disciplines, and visiting scholars. We have attracted numerous scholars, many from overseas, for short and long-term association on a range of programmes, from Research Fellows to scholars on self-funded sabbaticals to Distinguished Visitors and Hood Fellows. 

Annual Shakespeare Fellow

Since 2005, English, Drama and Writing Studies at The University of Auckland has also hosted the annual Dr. Alice Griffin Fellowship in Shakespearean Studies, an endowed fellowship which provides for the short-term visit of an internationally leading scholar to give public lectures, seminars and classes, and meet with staff and students.

Find out more about the annual Shakespeare fellow


Writer in Residence

Since 1981, we have hosted an annual year-long fellowship for a New Zealand creative writer. Initially established by the University, this fellowship is now a six-month fellowship jointly sponsored by the Faculty of Arts, the Michael King Centre in Devonport, and Creative New Zealand. Fellows are appointed by public advertisement and application, and, while in residence they spend at least two days a week on campus, which provides them with office space. While working on a major creative manuscript, fellows attend seminars and consult with students, especially in the Masters of Creative Writing programme, give readings, lectures and other presentations, and are generally available for consultation and discussion. We are strongly committed to the maintenance of this Fellowship, which provides an important link between the University and the creative community of New Zealand.

Find out more about the University of Auckland Residency