Dr Jonathan Padley

MA (Cantab), MA (Oxon), MA (Wales), PhD (Wales), PGCE (Wales), LMusTCL (Trinity College London)

Director of Studies, Postgraduate Mentor

College Roles

  • Director of Studies in Education
  • Postgraduate Mentor

University Roles

  • Fellow, Lead Admissions Tutor, and Tutor at Churchill College
  • Bye-Fellow and Director of Studies in Education at Lucy Cavendish College
  • Director of Studies in Education at St Edmund’s College
  • Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Education
  • Honorary Member of the Faculty of English


Research Interests

Jonathan Padley is a specialist in English children’s literature from the eighteenth century to the present day. His work explores margins, particularly the marginalisation of authors, texts, and characters. His PhD argued that the child protagonists of children’s literature can be understood, etymologically and theoretically, as monsters. He serves on the Editorial Board of Children’s Literature in Education.

As well as children’s literature, Jonathan is interested in interdisciplinary dialogues between literature, media, music, science, and theology. He has published broadly, including on transgressive creation in Shelley’s Frankenstein, bibliographical anomaly in Tennyson’s English Idyls, and Christological imaging in Tolkien’s Middle-earth mythos.