Natalie Ilsley is a Ph.D. student in English and American Studies at the University of Manchester (2018-2022). She researches postcolonial and feminist theory, as well as theories of resilience, and co-directs New Voices in Postcolonial Studies, a multi-disciplinary research network for postgraduates. At the MLC Research Centre, supported by the UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme (Mitacs and UKRI), Natalie is a Doctoral Research Fellow studying and collaborating with the onsite supervisor Dr. Irene Gammel with a focus on the pandemic. Her MITACs resarch project is focussed on "Locating Trauma Through Resilience: Accessing Marginalized Narratives in a Global Pandemic." Natalie also holds an M.Sc. in International and European Politics (2018) from the University of Edinburgh and a B.A. (Honours) in English Literature (2015) from Keele University.
In the Service of Canada recognizes Operation Canada, the MLC's SSHRC-funded study on Canadian World War I diaries.
Professor Irene Gammel is the recipient of the C.P. Stacey Award for her book, I Can Only Paint.
At the MLCRC, Julia combines her love of research with her love of literature assisting with the Telling COVID-19 Stories project.