Staff profile

Dr Joanne Bishton

Lecturer in American Studies, Academic Writing Support Tutor for Humanities and the Chair of the Disability Coordinators' Group


College of Arts, Humanities and Education



Research centre

Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centre


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



I am a lecturer based in the Department of Humanities and a Year 2 Joint Honours personal tutor.

I teach into the programmes of American Studies and the MA in Humanities, as well as supervising students on their research projects and dissertations.

In addition to my teaching and pastoral roles, I have responsibility as the Academic Writing Support Tutor for the department and have a university wide role as Chair of the Disability Coordinators' Group.

Teaching responsibilities

Undergraduate studies

Year one

Year two

Year three

Postgraduate Studies

Supervision Role

Research interests

In 2011 I was recognised as a Promising Research by the University of Derby.  

My research areas relate to textual representations of identity, sexuality and gender in the twentieth and twenty-first century.  I have written and published ideas on the transitional lesbian figure, specifically in relation to the route from the periphery of social visibility into mainstream popularlity and, in so doing I consider various textual re-presentations of this journey.  I am particularly interested in the fiction of Sarah Waters and her re-appropriation of the historical novel. 

I am also more broadly interested in the intersection of technology with the author-figure.  I query digital technology as a recent addition to the author role in terms of the way it is both a liberating tool for authorship through fan fiction and other Internet adaptations, but also I question the way digital platforms promote and aide the notion of the public intellectual.  Here I am interested in considering the influention and direction this places on the reader and reader response.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Additional interests and activities

I am a technology enhanced learning champion within my department and I have conducted and taken part in several funded research projects and pilots relating to this learning and teaching role.

Recent publications

Book Chapters

Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

Book Reviews