Dr Sarah Dillon

University Lecturer in Literature and Film at Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

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University Lecturer in Literature and Film, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge

Dr Sarah Dillon is a University Lecturer in Literature and Film in the Faculty of English at the University of Cambridge. Her research interests lie in twentieth and twenty-first century British and American literature and film. She seeks to examine the singularity of literature by exploring its encounters with other ways of knowing and understanding the world.

She works in the interstices between literature, film and philosophy and is particularly interested in questions of relationality, fidelity, intimacy, love, gender, sexuality, time, and in our relationship to the other, be it the human, animal, object or environmental other. She is also interested in the relationship between science and literature, and in speculative and science fiction.

Dr Dillon is also involved in public engagement and radio broadcasting. She is a Public Engagement Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement and was a 2013 BBC New Generation Thinker. Currently, she presents the series, 'Close Reading', on BBC Radio 4's literature programme Open Book.

She read English at Clare College, Cambridge, graduating in 1998 and went on to gain an M.A. in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick in 1999 and a D.Phil. in English from the University of Sussex in 2004. She taught at the University of St Andrews for eight years, from 2006-2014, first as a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and took up her current post at Cambridge in 2014.

  • 11 March 2022, 5:30pm

    Democracy and distrust after the pandemic

    The 2022 Dr Seng Tee Lee Lecture was delivered by Professor Shelia Jasanoff, Pforzheimer Professor of Science and Technology Studies at Harvard Kennedy School.

  • 11 February 2020, 5:30pm

    CSaP Annual Lecture: Professor Dame Sally Davies

    The 2020 CSaP Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Dame Sally Davies, Master of Trinity College, Cambridge and former Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK Government.