Dr Lloyd (Meadhbh) Houston holds a Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship in English at the University of Alberta, where they are working on a project exploring the medicalisation and politicisation of sex in early twentieth-century British, US, Canadian, and Caribbean culture. Their research is supported by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the Canadian Institute of Health Research.
Their recently-completed doctoral thesis, “Irish Modernism and the Politics of Sexual Health”, explored the ways in the ways in which authors, politicians, and activists in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Ireland harnessed debates over sexual hygiene, venereal disease, birth control, fertility, and eugenics to envisage competing models of Irish identity, culture, and political community. Supported by the inaugural Hertford College – Faculty of English DPhil Scholarship in Irish Literature in English, their doctorate was awarded the 2019-2020 Swapna Dev Memorial Prize for the best doctoral thesis in English literature at the University of Oxford. Other research interests include the social history of medicine, queer modernisms, and the cultural politics of censorship and obscenity. Their work has appeared in the Review of English Studies, The Library, and the Irish Studies Review, where they were awarded the 2017 British Association of Irish Studies Essay Prize, and has been featured in The Times Literary Supplement, The Guardian¸ and on the podcast Censored.
Lloyd (Meadhbh) is Communications Officer for the British Association for Irish Studies, sits on the Oxford Critical Theory Network council, and co-organises the Queer Modernism(s) conference series. They are also the former convener of the University of Oxford Modern and Contemporary Literature Research Seminar.
They have lectured, taught, and supervised dissertations at undergraduate and postgraduate level at a range of Oxford colleges, Goldsmiths College, University of London, the University of West London, and at the London Centres of Fordham and Syracuse Universities. They also deliver outreach and public engagement workshops for the Faculty of English at Oxford and teach on Lady Margaret Hall’s Foundation Year Programme.