Felicity Sheehy, King's

Degree: PhD
Course: MedRen - Ren
Supervisor: Dr Bonnie Lander-Johnson
Dissertation Title: Botanic Thinking in Early Modern Women's Writing

Biographical Information

In 2015, I graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English Literature from Yale University, where I received the Chauncey Brewster Tinker, Ralph Paine Memorial, Edward Tompkins McLaughlin, John Hubbard Curtis, and Bloch Prizes in English.

I then studied for two years at Cambridge on a Paul Mellon Fellowship. In 2017, I received an MPhil with distinction in Renaissance Literature, for which I was also awarded the Jeremy Maule Memorial Prize.

As of 2018, I am back in Cambridge, studying for my PhD on a Cambridge International Scholarship from the Cambridge Trust.

Outside of academia, I've taught high school, screened manuscripts for a literary agency, and worked in the press bureau of U.S. Embassy Paris.

I am also a poet, with recent and forthcoming publications in The New Republic, The Yale Review, The Adroit Journal, Southern Humanities Review, and others.

Research Interests

Poetry and poetics; early modern women's writing; herbals and herbalists; environmental humanities; grief and mourning; contemporary American poetry

Areas of Supervision

I would be very happy to hear from students working on topics related to my areas of interest.

Selected Publications


Women: A Cultural Review, 'Ladies Greek', forthcoming
Women: A Cultural Review, 'The Young Katherine Mansfield', 2018
Women: A Cultural Review, 'Katherine Mansfield in New Zealand', 2017


My poems have appeared or are forthcoming from The New Republic, The Yale Review, The Connecticut Review, The Kenyon Review, The Adroit Journal, Southern Humanities Review, and others.