Dr Justine Baillie BA, MA, PhD

Senior Lecturer

After completing her PhD in literature at Goldsmiths, University of London, Dr Justine Baillie took up her post at the University of Greenwich in 2003 and was promoted in 2007. She has had responsibility for study abroad programmes across the university and has led courses at all levels on English degree programmes. As  Leader of English MA: Literary London, from 2011-2015, Dr.Baillie re-designed and marketed the programme.  She continues to lead the Text and Theory MA core course, supervise MA dissertation students and contribute to the core course, Imagining the Metropolis. Dr. Baillie supervises PhD students in gender and diaspora studies, American literature and African-American writing and welcomes further applications in these fields. She has supervised four PhD students to successful completion of their theses.  

As well as supervising BA dissertations in her research areas, Dr Baillie leads the research informed BA courses: Case Studies in Short Fictions (includes the Case Study, Women's Writing), American Fictions, and English in World Literatures: Postcolonial and Transnational Writing.

Responsibilities within the university

  • Global Morrison Research Group Leader and conference coordinator
  • South of the River Research Group Leader and conference coordinator
  • Programme Leader, MA English: Literary London 2011-2015
  • Research supervisor
  • Acting Departmental Research Leader for English 2010-2012

Awards

  • Nomination for best single-authored study of Toni Morrison work by the Toni Morrison Society 2015
  • Funded Sabbatical leave 2015
  • A Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2014 for Toni Morrison and Literary Tradition
  • Ohio State University  Literature of London Project 2007-2013
  • Goldsmiths Teaching and Research Bursary 2001

Recognition

  • External Examiner, Regent's University, London
  • Associate Editor, Oxford University Press's journal, Contemporary Women's Writing
  • Peer reviewer for Journal of American Studies, Women: A Cultural Review, Tulsa Studies in Women's Literature and Gothic Studies
  • Consultant for Bloomsbury Publishing's Perspectives on America series
  • Consultant and keynote speaker for Bank of America's Cultural Programme

Research / Scholarly interests

Dr Baillie's primary research interests are in critical theory, diasporic, postcolonial and transnational literatures, American and African-American writing, urban studies, women's writing. She has published on American and African-American writing, post-colonial theory and the international novel, has completed a monograph, Toni Morrison and Literary Tradition (London: Bloomsbury 2013) and is author of Transnational Paris.

Publications

'Space and Place in Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad (2016)', forthcoming in Journal of Science Fiction (January 2018)

Toni Morrison and Literary Tradition (London: Bloomsbury, 2013) ISBN: 9781441183101

'From Margin to Centre: Postcolonial Identities and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father' (Vol. 8. No. 3, Autumn 2011) ISSN: 1448-4528

'History, Memory and the Construction of Gender in Kazuo Ishiguro's A Pale View of Hills', in Sean Matthews and Sebastian Groes, eds. Kazuo Ishiguro (London: Continuum, 2009) ISBN: 978-0-8264-9724-6

'"Dread and Love": Postcolonial Theory and Practice in Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark and Song of Solomon and William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses', in Critical Engagements (Vol. 1. No.1, Summer 2007) ISSN: 1754-0984

'Contesting Ideologies: Deconstructing Race in African-American Fiction', in Women: A Cultural Review (Vol. 14. No. 1, Spring 2003) ISSN: 0957-4042

Toni Morrison and Liteary Tradition (London: Bloomsbury, 2013) ISBN: 9781441183101

From Margin to Centre: Postcolonial Identities and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father (Vol. 8. No. 3, Autumn 2011) ISSN: 1448-4528

History, Memory and the Construction of Gender in Kazuo Ishiguro's A Pale View of Hills, in Sean Matthews and Sebastian Groes, eds. Kazuo Ishiguro (London: Continuum, 2009) ISBN: 978-0-8264-9724-6

"Dread and Love": Postcolonial Theory and Practice in Toni Morrison's Playing in the Dark and Song of Solomon and William Faulkner's Go Down, Moses, in Critical Engagements (Vol. 1. No.1, Summer 2007) ISSN: 1754-0984

Contesting Ideologies: Deconstructing Race in African-American Fiction, in Women: A Cultural Review (Vol. 14. No. 1, Spring 2003) ISSN: 0957-4042

Presentations

Keynote: 'Toni Morrison and the Transnation', Global Morrison, University of Greenwich, London, June 2017

Keynote: '"There are no paths in water": History, Memory and Narrative Form in Crossing the River (1993) and Foreigners: Three English Lives (2007)', Inhabiting the voids of history: A conference on Caryl Phillips, University of Caen, Normandy, May 2017

'Diaspora, Gender and Agency in Toni Morrison's Paradise', First Postcolonial Studies Association Convention, University of Leicester, September 2015.

'Narrating Postcolonial Identities in Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father', Transformations of Narrative in the Postcolonial Era, Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, London, November 2010

'From Margin to Centre: Postcolonial Identities and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father', Lives in Relation Life Writing Conference, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, October 2009

'History, Memory and the Construction of Gender in A Pale View of Hills and The Remains of the Day', Kazuo Ishiguro and the International Novel, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, June 2007

'"Outside the Raced House": Language, Heterotopia and Diasporic Politics in Toni Morrison's Paradise', Gothic Voyages, The Mona Bismarck Centre, Paris, July 2004

"Two Ways to Belong in America": Immigrant Identity in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine, The American Modern: Varieties of Modernism and Modernity, Goldsmiths, London, December 2003

Narrating Postcolonial Identities in Zora Neale Hurston's Dust Tracks on a Road and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, Transformations of Narrative in the Postcolonial Era, Pinter Centre, Goldsmiths, London, November 2010

From Margin to Centre: Postcolonial Identities and Barack Obama's Dreams from My Father, Lives in Relation Life Writing Conference, University of Lincoln, Lincoln, October 2009

History, Memory and the Construction of Gender in A Pale View of Hills and The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro and the International Novel, Liverpool Hope University, Liverpool, June 2007

"Outside the Raced House": Language, Heterotopia and Diasporic Politics in Toni Morrison's Paradise, Gothic Voyages, The Mona Bismarck Centre, Paris, July 2004

"Two Ways to Belong in America": Immigrant Identity in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine, The American Modern: Varieties of Modernism and Modernity, Goldsmiths, London, December 2003