Dr. Theresa Saxon

Dr. Theresa Saxon

Recruitment and Resources Manager/Academic Development Lead

School of Journalism, Media and Performance

Livesey House. LH211

+44 (0) 1772 89 3031


Subject Areas: English Literature

Theresa is a member of UCLan’s Institute for Black Atlantic Research, and researches race and performance, theatre history and culture. She is currently working on a second book for Edinburgh, on Transatlantic Theatre, as well as an article about African American actor Ira Aldridge who toured Britain and Europe between 1824 and his death in 1867. Theresa is also collaborating on several projects around Irish playwright Dion Boucicault’s nineteenth-century melodramatic productions.

Theresa is a member of the of Literature and Cultures Research Group.

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Theresa is the Recruitment and Resources Manager in the School of Journalism, Media, Performance.

Theresa specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth century literary and theatre cultures, and supervises Postgraduate research projects in literature and theatre, as well as guest lecturing on the English Literature undergraduate programme. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Theresa completed her PhD in American literary culture and theatre at Manchester Metropolitan University, and her research has focused on studies of pre-twentieth century American theatricality. Dr Saxon’s book, American Theatre: History, Context, Form, an exploration of a long history of American performance history, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2011.

Theresa has published a range of articles on nineteenth century theatre on the subject of race and gender in theatre and performance history, please see list for further details. She also guest edited a special edition on American theatre for Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (HJEAS) and is associate editor for ‘American Literature to 1900’ for the Year’s Work in English Studies (Oxford University Press). Dr Saxon was Treasurer of the British Association for American Studies 2006-2012 and was conference organiser for the association’s annual event 2011 at the University of Central Lancashire. Dr Saxon’s research has been funded by the U.S Embassy in London, the British Academy Overseas Conference awards, The Eccles Centre in North American Studies at the British Library (where she was awarded a Fellowship in 2012).

Theresa obtained her first degree and her PhD (2003) at Manchester Metropolitan University and has been teaching at UCLan since 2005.

Biographical Notes / Qualifications:

Academic Qualifications

  • 2003 PhD Literature: ‘Faraway Places and Distant Horizons: The Melodramatic Expanses of Herman Melville and Henry James.’ Awarded at Viva.
  • 1998 BA (First Class) Hons. English Literature Manchester Metropolitan University. Awarded Head of Department’s Prize.

Professional Qualifications

  • 2006 Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education. Institute of Education, Manchester Metropolitan University.
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Theresa has published several articles on The Conversation, to read them please follow the links below.



Selected Publications


Replaying and Rediscovering The Octoroon. Theatre Journal, 69 (2). ISSN 0192-2882, with professor Lisa Merrill (Hofstra)

“In Dahomey in England: A (Negative) Transatlantic Performance Heritage.” Atlantic Studies, Volume 13, Issue 2, pages 265-281, February 2016

"The Ghost Dance: (In)justice and Native American Performance.” European Views of the United States, Amanda Gilroy and Marietta Messmer, eds. Volume 8, April 2016, 184-204

‘Sexual Transgression on the American Stage: Clyde Fitch, Sapho and the “American Girl”’, Literature Compass, Volume 10, Issue 10, pages 735–747, October 2013

American Theatre: History, Content, Form. Edinburgh University Press (2011)

‘The Art of Theatre in Nineteenth-Century America: George L. Fox, Pantomime and Artaud,’ Literature Compass, Volume 7, Issue 9, September 2010, pp. 753–762

‘A Pair of Handsome Legs: From Breeches to Burlesque on nineteenth-century American stages’, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies, 15:1, 2009 pp.27-44

‘Introduction: Expanding American Theatre History,’ Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies 15:1, 2009 pp.6-10

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External Activities

  • Higher Education Academy (Fellow)
  • Royal Society for the Arts (Fellow)
  • British Association for American Studies
  • European Association for American Studies
  • Associate Editor 'American Literature to 1900', Year's Work in English Studies (OUP)
  • Editorial Board for Hungarian Journal of English and American Literature


  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Member British Association for American Studies (treasurer 2008-2012)
  • Member European Association for American Studies
  • Member Transatlantic Studies Association


Building on her research interests in literary culture, Theresa is part of a team developing a series of public engagement talks in literature, involving visits to major literary sites, for example, the Lake District and Haworth. If you are interested in attending these talks, please contact Theresa for further information.

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Theresa guest lectures in teaching Literary Culture of 1660-1789, and Romantics to Decadents: Literary Culture 1789-1900 as well as running the detective/forensic fiction modules, CSI: Lit. 


In addition to publishing on American theatre, Theresa is developing extended research projects, on Transatlantic Theatre 1702-1914, a study of Dion Boucicault (with Professor Lisa Merrill, Hofstra, New York)  and an assessment of Charles Dickens as a playwright and performer. Theresa also gives public talks on literary culture, particularly on Charles Dickens, as well as theatre culture.

With the Institute for Black Atlantic Research, Theresa has been involved with the organisation of several events, including "Lost Children" in May 2015, featuring Black British writer, Professor Caryl Philips.

Theresa has also given talks at the Great Northern Creative Festival, hosted at UCLan, to the UCLan Student Union, for Black History Month, and participated in a series of performances with Lancaster Theatre Productions: “A Taste of Dickens, and “Dickens at Christmas,” to celebrate the bicentennial of Dickens’ birth.


Theresa regularly attends academic conferences to present her work and  has organised international conferences, including the British Association for American Studies Annual Conference (2010) and Theatre and performance (2013).