Sarah Elizabeth Olive

Sarah Elizabeth Olive


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I am a Senior Lecturer in English in Education at the University of York, where I am co-director of the York Asia Research Network and lead the PhD Education programme. Roles outside the university include being the Founding Editor of the British Shakespeare Association's magazine, Teaching Shakespeare (freely available at I am an Editor of Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures, an interdisciplinary, scholar-led, refereed academic journal, the mandate of which is to publish research on and to provide a forum for discussion about cultural productions for, by, and about young people. I have previously worked as the module leader on the Shakespeare and Pedagogy module, part of the MA Shakespeare and Education, at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham. I also supervised MA dissertations by students on the programme.

My research is primarily concerned with the function of Shakespeare and his works in popular culture and education internationally, although I increasingly publish on texts for, and about, young adults and education more broadly. My monograph, Shakespeare Valued: education policy and pedagogy, was published in 2015. My second monograph, Shakespeare in East Asian Education: schools, universities and theatre education in Hong Kong, China, Japan and Korea, is co-authored with Kohei Uchimaru (Tokyo), Adele Lee (Emerson) and Rosalind Fielding (Birmingham). It is forthcoming with Palgrave's Global Shakespeare series. I also enjoy theatre reviewing and several of my reviews can be found on the Reviewing Shakespeare blog

I am regularly invited to speak at international events and at universities worldwide. I have been successful in applying for funding for a variety of research projects on Shakespeare in East Asian education and Gothic in East Asia, as well as for researcher mobility to Hong Kong, New Zealand and Norway. My research findings are regularly disseminated to and put in dialogue with the wider community through events such as York Festival of Ideas and collaborative events with the National Trust and British Council in Korea and Vietnam.

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