Ruth Byrne profile picPhD Student, Lancaster University

Ruth Byrne has just submitted her PhD thesis at Lancaster University. The thesis used corpus linguistics, the computer-assisted analysis of language in very large bodies of text, to explore attitudes to migration in nineteenth-century newspapers. It focused specifically on the representation of ‘aliens’ and refugees. The research was completed as part of an ESRC studentship in collaboration with the British Library and awarded the 2018 Gale Dissertation Research Fellowship by the Research Society of Victorian Periodicals (RSVP).

As well as awaiting her viva, and preparing some of her thesis for publication, Ruth teaches in the History department at Lancaster University, works as an academic writing mentor, and as the Social History Society’s Administrative Secretary. She can be contacted here.