Sarah Churchwell

Director of Public Engagement

Professor Sarah Churchwell is Chair of Public Understanding of the Humanities and Professor of American Literature at SAS. She directs public engagement activity within the School including flagship initiatives such as the Being Human festival and the annual Living Literature series. A prominent advocate for literature and the humanities, professor Churchwell appears regularly in the media and writes for both academic and non-academic audiences. She has been a Man Booker Prize judge and received the Eccles British Library Writer’s Award in 2015.

SAS Research profile as professor of American Literature

She is on Twitter @sarahchurchwell

Michael Eades

Public Engagement Manager

Dr Michael Eades is Public Engagement Manager and Cultural Contexts Research Fellow at SAS. He has oversight of the School’s public engagement activities and is the manager and principal curator of the Being Human festival of the humanities. He joined SAS in 2013 to coordinate programming and engagement with the Bloomsbury Festival, funded by an AHRC Cultural Engagement Pilot Scheme award. He was then principal investigator on the AHRC-funded project Bloomsbury Festival in a Box: engaging socially isolated people with dementia, (2013-2015), and is an active researcher in areas relating to literary and cultural theory, arts and health, cultural policy, and collaborative artistic practice.

SAS Research profile.

He is also on Twitter @DrMichaelEades.


Jo Chard

Public Engagement Officer

As Public Engagement Officer Jo leads on communications and day-to-day coordination for public engagement projects in the School, including Living Literature and the Being Human festival. She completed a BA and MA in art history and political philosophy and has worked for a number of organisations campaigning on human rights and the environment. Her main interests lie in diversifying higher education and revealing hidden histories in marginalised communities.

She can be found on Twitter @jo_chard

Jo Bradley


Jo coordinates public engagement events for SAS in collaboration with the School’s institutes and centres. A historian by background, having completed her MA in Public History, she previously worked as a researcher for an unexploded ordnance company (yes bombs!), and in the research team at Historic England before moving to SAS in January 2016. Jo has a particular interest in the history of science, and how art can be used to bridge the gulf between the arts and sciences. In addition to her work with the public engagement team, she is also a Project Administrator for the Institute of Modern Languages Research.

She is on Twitter @JoBradsworth.


Amanda Phipps

Public Engagement Officer 

Amanda joint the public engagement team in 2017, working on both Living Literature and the Being Human festival. Prior to this, she completed an AHRC-funded PhD, conducting public-facing research into the use of performance when teaching young people about the First World War. She has worked on a number of theatre and school based projects, focusing on engaging hard to reach and disadvantaged groups. Amanda has a keen interest in theatrical explorations of conflicts and crises, as well as increasing access to the arts and humanities.

She is on Twitter @a_d_phipps.