The Authors

DAN CLARKE is a PhD candidate at the University of Sheffield and Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. He is part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Partnership and its network on ‘European history and identity in cinema’, which works across the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds, and York. His thesis, Wearing Historicity, examines the politicised usage of medieval Europe as imagined time and place in Hollywood film and contemporary American television.


CLAIRE CUNNINGTON is a Welcome Trust-funded doctoral researcher in the Sociological Studies department at the University of Sheffield. Her research takes a salutogenic approach to recovery, rather than focussing on what hinders it. As a survivor of abuse, she is interested in the history of child sexual abuse, and how its construction by society affects survivors and perpetrators. She blogs at, tweets as @Cunning_Claire, and is a member of Project Shiloh (


CATHERINE H KENNEDY is a student in the University of Sheffield department of Philosophy, and recently completed a SURE-funded research project examining the popular Christian faith-formation package Godly Play, and its embedded ideology. Her research blog is available at  She has published a non-scholarly article on the apocryphal character Thecla for the Dangerous Women Project at Edinburgh University, available at, contributed to ‘Track Changes’ journal, and presented ‘Taystee is the New Ruth’ at the ‘Orange is the New Bible’ conference in Sheffield in 2016.


AYSHA WINSTANLEY MUSA is a fully funded third year PhD student with the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and the School of English Literature at the University of Sheffield. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Her PhD focuses on Jael and Genderfuck in the biblical book of Judges, specifically chapters 4 and 5. She graduated from the University of Sheffield with a BA in Biblical Studies with first class honours, as well as receiving an Academic Award and the Sheffield Graduate Award (2013). Aysha received funding to undertake an MA in Biblical Studies Research at the University of Sheffield, which she was awarded a Distinction for (2015).


DEIRDRE THACKRAY recently submitted her M.A. dissertation in History of Art at the University of York. Deidre has worked in communication, public relations, technical publishing and content management, including as specialist conference and convention publications. She isn’t sure where her fascination with architecture comes from, but her encounters with 16th-century churches in Tenerife to escape the snow in Leeds may have had something to do with it. Her upbringing in a small mining town in Zambia, where the oldest building was erected in the 1930’s may also be relevant.


HANNAH PARKER recently completed an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Sheffield. Her research focuses on receptions of the concept of the ‘New Soviet Woman’ by ordinary women in the Soviet Union, through their letters to the state. More broadly, her research interests include most aspects of Russian and Soviet history, especially social and emotional histories of gendered or marginalised groups in the revolutionary and early Soviet periods. She is the co-editor of the digital history project ‘The Language of ‘Authoritarian’ Regimes’, available at, and she is co-founder of the Sheffield Modern International History Group.