Miss Eleanor Whitcroft

Post:Support Worker (Student Support Unit)
Other posts:Research student (English)
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I am a Doctoral Researcher in the School of English at Sussex University. My thesis investigates the role of race, childhood and dreams in 19th & 20th C. newspaper comic strips. Working between Literature, Visual Arts, and Material Archiving, my research aims to explore how children’s comics followed a popular trend which reimaged space, place and body in early twentieth century children’s literature.


Before my PhD, I worked in Primary Education, in both mainstream and SEN schools. I am passionate about open access to education, representation in visual arts and material culture, and comics. I am a co-curater of Graphic Brighton, an annual comics creator and academic conference. I also enjoy Junior-level coding and making interactive stories for learners, such as: https://ellejane-x23.github.io/code-first-project/ .



Awards and Funding:

(2019) British and American Studies, Marcus Cunliffe Award for Best American Studies Proposal.

(2019) University of Sussex, School of English, McCarthy Travel Bursary.

(2018) University of Sussex, Doctoral School, Public Engagement: Researcher-Led Initiatives Fund.


Doctoral Researcher


(2017 - present) PhD, University of Sussex: School of English.

(2014-15) MA, University of Sussex: Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought.

(2011-14) BA, University of Brighton: English Literature and Media.