2019 Philip Leverhulme Prize Winners

The Faculty of English at Oxford congratulates Dr Merve Emre and Dr Joseph Moshenska who are both 2019 Philip Leverhulme Prize Winners. The prizes are awarded to researchers at an early stage of their careers whose work has had international impact and whose future research career is exceptionally promising. Each of the 30 Prize Winners selected this year receives £100,000 which can be used over two or three years to advance their research.


merve emre

Dr Merve Emre’s project is to complete a book entitled The Estranged. The book, part memoir, part literary criticism, traces estrangement's aesthetic and ethical permutations through fiction from Henry James to Elena Ferrante. Dr Emre is an associate professor of English and fellow of Worcester College. She holds a BA from Harvard and an MA, MPhil, and PhD from Yale. She is the author of two books: Paraliterary: The Making of Bad Readers in Postwar America (2017); and The Personality Brokers (2018).



Joe Moshenska

Dr Joe Moshenska’s project is to produce a book entitled Play in Early Modern England. This book will combine studies of major literary figures with the histories of art and material culture, and with social, cultural, intellectual, and religious history. Dr Moshenska is an associate professor of English and fellow of University College. He is the author of Feeling Pleasures: The Sense of Touch in Renaissance England (2014), A Stain in the Blood: The Remarkable Voyage of Sir Kenelm Digby (2017) and Iconoclasm as Child’s Play (2019).