University of Hertfordshire

Dr Rowland Hughes


Rowland Hughes

Dr Rowland Hughes


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University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, Hertfordshire
United Kingdom


I am the interim Dean of the School of Humanities at the University of Hertfordshire, and a member of the English Literature and Creative Writing Group. I am currently the group's Research Leader. I am also responsible for the interdisciplinary American Studies subject area, part of the undergraduate Humanities Programme.



My research and writing focuses primarily on literature of the early American republic and the antebellum United States, with further interests in Native American literature, ecocriticism and human-animal studies.  I am the author of the York Notes Companion to Nineteenth Century American Literature.


Current projects focus on: civil unrest and the print culture of post-revolutionary New England; American historical fiction and Indian Removal in the 1820s and 1840s; the New Orleans pirate Jean Lafitte; and bears in American writing.

I have recently published a new critical edition, with notes and introduction, of Magdalen King-Hall's 1944 historical novel, Life and Death of the Wicked Lady Skelton (Hatfield: UH Press, 2016).

I delivered a series of talks about the novel and its links to the Hertfordshire legend of the 'Wicked Lady' highwaywoman at a number of free public events around the county in June 2016.

I would welcome applications and inquiries from students wishing to pursue postgraduate research on American literature, particularly colonial, early national, and nineteenth-century American literature; the American West; travel writing; indigenous writing; environmentalism and literature.



I gained my undergraduate degree in English Language and Literature from Magdalen College, Oxford, before going on to gain an MA in Anglo-American Literary Relations and a PhD from University College, London. I joined the University of Hertfordshire in 2003. I have held a number of roles within the School: Humanities Programme Tutor for four years; School Research Tutor for five years; andActing Head of English Literature and Creative Writing. I have been the co-ordinator for American Studies at the university since its inception in 2009.


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