Dr Timothy Baker

Dr Timothy Baker

Senior Lecturer

Dr Timothy Baker
Dr Timothy Baker

Contact Details

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The University of Aberdeen Taylor B14


Timothy C. Baker received an AB in Cognitive Science from Vassar College in 1999 and a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities from 2007-08, and joined the University of Aberdeen in 2009. His research and teaching is centred on Scottish and contemporary literature; he has recently completed projects on Scottish Gothic and twenty-first-century animal fiction, while his current research is focused on representations of climate change and the natural world in contemporary women's writing.


Research Interests

Dr Baker specialises in Scottish and contemporary literature (mainly fiction). He is the author of George Mackay Brown and the Philosophy of Community (2009), Contemporary Scottish Gothic: Mourning, Authenticity, and Tradition (2014), and Writing Animals: Language, Suffering, and Animality in Twenty-First-Century Fiction (2019). Other research and teaching interests include genre and space in twentieth-century women's fiction, climate change and the Anthropocene, and contemporary posthuman, queer, and feminist theories. Recent and forthcoming articles and papers include discussions of authors such as Elspeth Barker, Shirley Jackson, Dorothy K. Haynes, Michel Faber, Dodie Smith, Sara Baume, and Ian Stephen. Current and recent PhD supervision includes projects on George MacDonald, Barbara Kingsolver, Nan Shepherd, feminist science fiction, third-generation Nigerian fiction, American suburban Gothic, and contemporary nature writing. He welcomes inquiries from potential research students interested in working in any of these areas, or connected areas; he is especially interested in supervising projects on contemporary and experimental literature (including poetry), mid-twentieth-century British fiction, and modern Scottish literature.

Current Research

Dr Baker's current research interests include projects on emotion in children's animal stories, representations of climate change and the natural environment in contemporary women's writing, and twentieth-century school stories.


Completed PhD Supervision:

Pimpawan Chaipanit, ‘A Spatial Analysis of British Women’s Domestic Fiction from Jane Austen to Helen Fielding’ (2019)

Hyginus Eze, 'Social Space in Third-Generation Nigerian Novels’ (2019)

Rebecca Langworthy, 'Genre and Audience: The Development of Adult Fantasy in the Work of George MacDonald' (2018)

Rachel Smillie, 'The Lady Vanishes: Women Writers and the Development of Detective Fiction' (2014)

Brenda Ebersole, 'The Novels of Barbara Kingsolver: A Case Study in Transnational American Literature' (2014)


Current PhD Students:

Christina Connors

Ines Kirschner

Marlene Ferreira Simoes

Graham Stephen


Teaching Responsibilities


I am on research leave in HS1.

EL1513 Controversial Classics (lectures)

EL1536 Rethinking Reading (lectures)

EL2512 The Tragedy of Knowledge (convenor)

EL35KN Haunted Texts: Twentieth-Century Scottish Literature (convenor)

EL35WC Queer Times (lectures and seminars)

EL4502 English Dissertation (convenor)

EL45KF Vulnerable Bodies, Precarious Lives (convenor)

EL5095 Creative Writing III: Non-Fiction Prose (seminars)

EL50C1 Locations and Dislocations: The Role of Place in Literature (seminars)

EL55C2 Writing the Self (seminars)

EL50CS The Novel: Environments and Encounters (seminars)

FS5022 Research Methods in Film and Visual Culture (seminars)

Further Info

External Responsibilities

Scottish Universities International Summer School, Board Member  

British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies, Elected Ordinary Member    

External examiner: University of Glasgow, University of Lincoln, University of the Highlands and Islands.                                         

Admin Responsibilities

Current Administrative Roles: 

Academic Line Manager

Chair, University Feedback and Assessment Task Force                                           

School Athena SWAN Team Member

Chair, Staff-Student Liaison Committee