Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean (College of Humanities)

Professor Jo Gill

Jo Gill is Professor of Twentieth-Century and American Literature in the Department of English at the University of Exeter and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean in the College of Humanities. She previously held the roles of Associate Dean for Education (2018-19) and Associate Dean for International and Development (2016-18).

Jo was educated at a comprehensive in the north west of England and took her BA at Leicester and her MA at York. She then worked in newspapers, publishing and the charity sector prior to returning to academia and taking her PhD at the University of Gloucestershire (2001).

Jo is the author of numerous books and articles including Anne Sexton’s Confessional Poetics (2007), The Cambridge Introduction to Sylvia Plath (2008) and The Poetics of the American Suburbs (2013). Her latest book, which was completed with the support of a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship, is The Harmony of Forms: Modern American Poetry and the Architectural Imagination (OUP, forthcoming). In addition to the Leverhulme Fellowship, she is a past holder of a Leverhulme International Network Award (for the interdisciplinary “Cultures of the Suburbs” Network) and has received research funding from the AHRC, the British Academy and the British Library’s Eccles Centre.

Outside Exeter, Jo served for six years as Governor, and then Chair of Governors, at Richard Huish Sixth Form College, Taunton. She is former secretary to the British Association for American Studies (BAAS) and recent co-chair of the BAAS/US Embassy Grants Programme.