Skip to main content

Dr Katherine Angel

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    Katherine Angel is the author of Tomorrow Sex Will Be Good Again (Verso, 2021), Daddy Issues (Peninsula Press, 2019 and Verso, 2022), and Unmastered: A Book on Desire, Most Difficult to Tell (Penguin/Allen Lane, 2012). All three have been, or are being, published in translation.

    Katherine has a PhD in the history of psychiatry and sexuality from the University of Cambridge's History and Philosophy of Science Department. After her undergraduate degree in philosophy, she studied at Harvard with a JH Choate Fellowship. After her PhD, Katherine held a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Warwick's Centre for the History of Medicine, and then a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London's Centre for the History of Emotions. 

    Katherine's research into 'female sexual dysfunction', American psychiatry,  sexology, and feminism has been published in journals including the History of the Human Sciences, Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Current Opinion in Psychiatry. 

    Katherine regularly speaks about her work and reads from her writing at cultural institutes, university conferences, and art galleries, in the UK and elsewhere. She also regularly interviews and is in conversation with other writers at literary events. She collaborates with performance group The Blackburn Company, with whom she has performed a live art reading, Unmastered Remastered, at Nottingham Contemporary Art, at Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts, and at the Institut Francais in London.

    At Birkbeck, Katherine directs the MA in Creative and Critical Writing, and she teaches in fiction, non-fiction, hybrid forms such as autofiction and autotheory, as well as critical work relating to sexuality, feminism, gender, and psychoanalysis. Those interested in applying for a PhD with Katherine should email her a research proposal and a sample of writing. Katherine is on the Steering Group of the Birkbeck Institute for Gender and Sexuality.

     

     

    Highlights

    Qualifications

    • PhD, University of Cambridge , 2008
    • MPhil, University of Cambridge , 2000
    • BA , University of Cambridge, 1998

    Web profiles

    Administrative responsibilities

    • Programme Director of the MA in Creative and Critical Writing
    • Admissions Tutor for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing
    • Steering Committee for Birkbeck Institute of Gender and Sexuality

    Professional memberships

    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

  • Research

    Research

    Research interests

    • Sexuality
    • Feminism
    • Gender
    • Psychoanalysis
    • Psychiatry
    • Literary non-fiction

    Research Centres and Institutes

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    I welcome enquiries from prospective PhD students who are interested in undertaking research in any of my areas of research interest, and in a range of forms (fiction, literary non-fiction, hybrid forms, and critical scholarship).

    Prospective students should submit an informal inquiry, followed by a proposal of 2,000 words, and (if the proposed PhD is creative) a sample of creative writing of upto 2,000 words, as well as an indicative bibliography.

    (Please note that it is best to inquire about PhDs early, namely by October of the autumn term, to ensure I can work on proposals with you in time for application and funding deadlines.)

     

    Current Supervisions

    • Joint Principal Supervisor for 3 Birkbeck students

    Teaching

    I teach on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate creative and critical modules in English, Theatre, and Creative Writing, covering fiction, non-fiction, autofiction and autotheory, as well feminism, sexuality, and gender.

    Teaching modules

    • Narrative Methods (AREN005S5)
    • Reading the Contemporary (AREN095S7)
    • Creative Non-fiction (AREN100S5)
    • Creative Writing Summer Term Lecture Series (AREN227Z7)
    • Writing The Self (AREN238S7)
    • Creative Non-Fiction (ENHU002S7)
  • Business and community

    Business and community

    Outreach

    Katherine is invited to read from and discuss her writings in a wide range of settings, including Dixon Place and Community Bookstore in New York; Vienna Central Library; the International Literature Festival in Berlin; Nochtspeicher in Hamburg; Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast; and, in London, The Freud Museum, Pages Cheshire St, the London Review Bookshop, Goldsmiths Writers’ Centre. She has spoken on panels at The Southbank Centre, Standpoint Gallery, Foyles, The Wellcome Collection, The Serpentine Gallery, The Museum of London, the BFI/Birds Eye View Festival, Manchester’s Centre for New Writing, the London School of Economics’ Forum for Philosophy, Somerset House, Castlefield Gallery Manchester, and the Maudsley Philosophy Group. And she has performed in a live art reading of Unmastered with the Blackburn Company at clinic presents in London, at Nottingham Contemporary Art, and the Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts.