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.



Amanda Phipps

Public Engagement Officer: Programme Development

Amanda joined the team in 2017, working on Living Literature and the Being Human festival. As the Programme Developer, she leads on the team’s creative events and works to foster best practice public engagement across SAS and nationally via Being Human. She also uses the role to work on issues around inclusivity and diversity in the arts and humanities. Prior to joining SAS, Amanda completed an AHRC-funded PhD, conducting public-facing research into the use of performance when teaching the First World War. She has a keen interest in all things theatrical and will try to add uplighters, props and fake snow to nearly every event.




Rose de Lara

Rose de LaraPublic Engagement Officer: Projects and Communications

Rose works on Projects and Communications for the Public Engagement team working to promote Being Human festival and other SAS public engagement projects and events. Previously she worked for Norfolk & Norwich Festival’s Participation & Engagement team where she worked with artists, young people, participants, and communities, to increase access to arts and culture. Rose has a degree in History of Art with a focus on ecology and curatorial practice in contemporary art and museums. She is passionate about making the humanities, the arts, and culture relevant and engaging to all.