Clare Stainthorp

Research Assistant, UCL

I was a Research Assistant on 'Exploring Inequalities – igniting research to better inform UK policy’, a collaborative project led by UCL and the Resolution Foundation for which I co-wrote the final report: 'Structurally Unsound' (launched October 2019).

More broadly, I am a specialist in literature and intellectual history. My book – Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher and Poet (Peter Lang, 2019) – introduces an exemplary interdisciplinary thinker whose poetry and prose illuminates how synthetic thinking was a productive and creative force within nineteenth-century intellectual culture. My research on this topic has also been published in Victorian Poetry and Victorian Literature and Culture. I am currently working on a project titled 'Reading the Freethought Movement in Britain: Atheism, Agnosticism, and Secularism, 1866–1907' and co-editing with Naomi Hetherington a Routledge Historical Resource volume: Nineteenth-Century Religion, Literature, and Culture, Vol. 4 Disbelief and New Beliefs (forthcoming 2020).

I am the Research Impact Officer for the Faculties of Arts & Humanities and Social & Historical Sciences at UCL. I have previously taught at the University of Birmingham and UCL, and I was the 2017/18 Nineteenth-Century Matters Early-Career Fellow at Cardiff University.


  • 2019–present
    Research assistant, University College London
  • 2017–2018
    Postdoctoral fellow, Cardiff University
  • 2016–2017
    Assistant lecturer, University of Birmingham


  • 2017 
    University of Birmingham, PhD
  • 2011 
    University of Glasgow, MLitt
  • 2010 
    University of Glasgow, MA (Hons)


  • 2019
    Exploring Inequalities: Igniting research to better inform UK policy, UCL & Resolution Foundation Report
  • 2019
    Constance Naden: Scientist, Philosopher, Poet, Peter Lang
  • 2018
    On the Discovery of a Sequence of Constance Naden’s Notebooks: Finding her Voice, 1875-79, Victorian Poetry