Dr Hannah Simpson

Rosemary Pountney Junior Research Fellow in British and European Drama (1890-present day), Faculty of English


Dr Hannah Simpson’s research focuses on modern and contemporary theatre performance, with a particular interest in the playwright Samuel Beckett, contemporary British theatre, theatrical representation of physical pain and disability, and Northern Irish literature. Originally from Belfast, Northern Ireland, she was educated at the University of Oxford and Boston University. She is also interested in the forgotten plays of modernist novelists including E.M. Forster, James Joyce, George Orwell, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, and Ernest Hemingway.


  • Theatre and performance
  • Samuel Beckett
  • Disability performance
  • Contemporary British theatre
  • Literature 1945-present
  • World War Two literature
  • Medical humanities
  • Northern Irish Literature

Media experience

Dr Hannah Simpson has a variety of media experience including a discussion of Wilfred Owen on BBC Radio Oxford in 2019; plenary roundtable at the Samuel Becket in Confinement festival, Liverpool 2022, and recent podcast appearances on The Modernist Podcast, the Medical Humanities podcast, and The Nobel Prize for Literature podcast.


English, French