Sarah Pett

Early Career Researcher and Teacher (SOAS)


I’m an early career researcher and teacher at the University of York and SOAS. I completed an AHRC-funded PhD in the Centre for Modern Studies/Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York in 2014, where I worked on accounts of chronic illness published between 1990 and 2012 by American, British, and South African authors. A more detailed description of my current and future research projects can be found on my Research page.

In addition to my website, you can follow me on twitter (@essiepett).


2 comments on “About

  1. Alice Daumont
    February 26, 2015

    Dear Sarah Pett,

    If you had taken a little bit more time to look beyond this mediocre picture, you would have noticed that the Women’s Studies students in Oxford this year are composed of people coming from different social backgrounds, nationalities, gender and sexualities as well as having different hair cuts (can you believe it?) but this would have complicated your very easy argument about the white privileged people that we are all in Oxford uni….

    • essiepett
      February 26, 2015

      Thanks for your comment, and for reading my post. It isn’t actually about Women’s Studies at Oxford, but about the Women in the Humanities programme, which is something different. I’m well aware that Oxford has a diverse student body – my point is primarily about the images of academics, and particularly those of academics affected by inequality (such as sexism), that appear in the mainstream media. I’m not really saying anything new here, but rather hoping to remind people of intersectionality and to work for a more nuanced debate around inequality in the academy. It’s telling, I think, that today has seen a reappearance on twitter of the Higher Education Statistics Agency that clearly demonstrates gender inequality in HE, but doesn’t account for race, class, sexuality, or other targets of discriminatory activity in hiring practices: these remain “invisible” inequalities. It’s time for that to change, and those of us who have a foothold in the academy need to make sure we remember to put that change on the agenda alongside more visible issues.

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The beginning of the rest of my life...September 30th, 2013
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