PhD English

University of Leeds, 2017 – 2020 (expected)

  • Thesis: Ecomasculinities and the Old West in U.S Fiction, 1970- Present
  • Supervisor: Dr Hamilton Carroll
  • Fully funded by a John Barnard Doctoral Scholarship
MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture

University of St Andrews, 2014-15

(Awarded 2016)

  • Dissertation: Music and Graphic Narratives (distinction)
  • Supervisor: Dr Emma Sutton
  • Dissertation described as “excellent and highly innovative” by examiners
  • Achieved the highest dissertation grade and the second highest overall grade within my cohort
BA (Hons) English, First Class

Staffordshire University, 2008-2012

  • Dissertation: European Postmodernism in the Novels of Umberto Eco (first class)
  • Supervisor: Dr Douglas Field
  • Achieved the largest number of first-class modules in my cohort, and for several years
  • Achieved full marks in assignments from modules on Shakespeare’s Tragedies (L6, 30 credits), on Ecocriticism (L6, 30 credits), on Gothic Studies (L5, 15 credits) and on Magical Realism (L5, 15 credits)

Victoria Addis

PhD Researcher

Freelance Writer



  • BAAS Postgraduate Essay Award, British Association for American Studies, 2018 [£500]
  • John Barnard Doctoral Scholarship, University of Leeds, 2017-2020 [£51,000]
  • Free Mentoring, The WoMentoring Project, 2014-2016 [Writing for Children]


Freelance Writer

Self Employed, 2014-Present

  • Copywriting, blogging, journalism, and fiction
  • Work published or forthcoming on platforms including the Ploughshares blog and The Guardian (Higher Education Network)
English Teacher (TESOL) and Lecturer in International Business

Changsha College of Civil Affairs, 2013-2014

  • Prepared and delivered oral English workshops
  • Convened a module on “English Speaking Countries” (delivered in English)
  • Set and marked presentations, tests, and exams
  • Tutored three students in preparation for a national English speaking competition
  • Organised an English Film Club and an English Choir in collaboration with colleagues
English Teacher (TESOL)

Jinghuayuan School, 2013-2013

  • Taught classes at an English summer school for 14 and 15-year olds
  • Delivered welcome address and closing remarks on behalf of foreign teachers to over 500 staff and students
Advertising and Marketing Manager

Gallery Loft Conversions, 2012-2013

  • Organised local advertising campaigns on the radio and in print
  • Put together “loft information packs” for use at the annual loft show in Cardiff
  • Gathered client testimonials for use on the website and in promotional materials
  • Designed and commissioned the production of leaflets and posters using Photoshop
Proof-reader and Indexer

Henson Editorial Services and North Staffordshire Press, 2010-2011

  • Proof-reading and indexing academic texts (sports science, sociology)
  • Used specialist software such as Textract and Kudu
  • Completed “Introduction to Publishing” course

Other Activities


“Old West, Now” Podcast, 2017-Present,

  • Experience using Skype and Audacity to create podcasts
  • Hosted on Soundcloud
  • Public engagement through social media
  • Twitter: @OldWestNow

“A Hermit’s Progress” Blog & YouTube Channel (from 2015), 2013-2016

  • Book Reviews
  • Working with publishers including Oxford University Press and Bloomsbury Academic
  • WordPress, Youtube, Sony Vegas (video editing)
  • Voted one of Book Riot’s “22 Favourite Bookish Youtubers” in 2016
Professional Service
  • Peer-reviewer, ImageTexT

TESOL Certification, June 2013, Xiangtan University and TEIC