Sophie Battell

Sophie Battell, Dr.

Senior Research and Teaching Assistant for English Literature

Room number: PET-6


Publications           Research Projects         Teaching

I joined the University of Zurich in 2021 as Senior Lecturer in English Literature, having worked previously at the Universities of Exeter and Cardiff. 

I research early modern drama, particularly Shakespeare.  I am interested in critical theory, politics, and philosophy and how Shakespeare’s plays speak to our present moment.  My first book, On the Threshold: Hospitality in Shakespeare’s Drama is forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press, and examines concepts of home and belonging, immigration and social justice.  

In 2022/ 23 I am a Research Fellow at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Amsterdam:  While on sabbatical, I will be developing a new project on Solar Shakespeare.

In 2022, I am also a Research Fellow at the Edward Worth Library in Dublin.

I am broadly interested in the following fields and topics: 

  • Early modern drama
  • Hospitality and immigration
  • Shakespeare
  • Critical theory
  • Economic criticism

I have held research fellowships at Durham University, UK, the Centre for Privacy Studies at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and the Herzog August Bibliothek, Germany.  I have also taken part in funded collaborations with scholars in Denmark and the Middle East.     

As well as teaching BA and MA modules in English literature, I am first-year co-ordinator and convener of Textual Analysis.  I supervise bachelor theses and act as examiner for the reading list exams.  

I am an editorial board member of This Rough Magic and previously worked as associate editor for The Polyphony.  I am a member of the Swiss Association of University Teachers of English and the Association for Junior Researchers at UZH.  

In 2021, I was nominated for a FAN Junior Researcher Award. 

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am an educational mentor for Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics).