Elected: 2024
Discipline: Language, Literature and History
Professor Emma Sutton
Professor of English, University of St Andrews
Professor Sutton’s research focuses on literary-musical relations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, exploring the way music shapes writers’ formal experiments and their politics (such as feminism, pacifism, and cosmopolitanism). This work has three main strands: music and decadence; music and modernism; and music and colonial history in Oceania. Her research frequently informs public-facing collaborations with musicians and creative writers. She is an Associate of the UK’s only Centre for Pacific Studies and has collaborated with Indigenous Pacific scholars, musicians and creative writers for a decade developing resources and creative works on music’s role in colonial history.