Personal profile


Judith Popova is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire in English Literature and Creative Writing. She was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher and Guest Lecturer at the University of Surrey where she attained her PhD in 2022. She is a recipient of a fully-funded Research Fellowship at the University of Surrey. Judith has presented papers on exilic literature at international interdisciplinary conferences and is an Advance HE Fellow, a member of the Association for Scottish Literature, and the Muriel Spark Society in Edinburgh, Scotland. Judith has been an editor for the University of Surrey's collobrative project with HMP Downview on Women's Prison Writing, and a peer-reviewer. Her creative publications include a collection of poetry and short stories in the Stag Hill Literary Journal and a chapter in 'Unlocking the Grid: A Documentary Novel of the Plague Year' (foreword by Iain Sinclair).

Her forthcoming article ‘The Western Gaze and the Eastern European Refugee in Muriel Spark’s Territorial Rights (1979)’ will be published in the journal of Modern Fiction Studies later this year (2024). Judith is currently working on her monograph - titled 'Exile in Muriel Spark' - that studies themes of exile and the figure of the stranger in the fiction of Muriel Spark.


Teaching specialisms

Judith has taught courses in contemporary literature, creative writing, screenwriting, game writing, children's literature, early modern literature, research and employability skills. During the 2023-2024 academic year, she is teaching on the following modules in English Literature and Creative Writing:

Euro-Crime on Page and Screen
American Literature to 1900
Employability Skills
Border Crossing Modern Literature from around the World
American Voices: Introduction to US Literature and Culture

Education/Academic qualification

English Literature, PhD, Versions of the Female Stranger: Muriel Spark's Preoccupation with Exile, University of Surrey

… → 2022

English Literature, MA, University of Surrey

… → 2018

Liberal Arts with a Major in English, BA, King's College London

… → 2016

External positions

Postdoctoral Researcher Fellow and Guest Lecturer, University of Surrey