Claudine van Hensbergen

Senior Lecturer in 18th Century English Literature, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Claudine van Hensbergen has worked in the Humanities Department at Northumbria University since 2012. Prior to that she completed a doctorate at Oxford University, and contributed to major-funded research projects at York University, Tate Britain and Oxford University.

Claudine works on British literary culture of the 1660s to the 1730s, a period which saw writing become a profession, the first actresses tread the public boards, the emergence of the English novel, the first periodicals, and the birth of party politics.

At present, Claudine is writing a monograph, ‘Reading the Royal Mistress, 1660-1727’, which explores how British authors, artists and their publics became fascinated by the provocative figure of the courtesan.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century English Literature, Northumbria University, Newcastle


  • 2010 
    University of Oxford, DPhil