Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


Dr Mariah Whelan

Dr Mariah Whelan was an IAS Creative Fellow in 2020-21 and a Visiting Research Fellow in 2021-22.

Mariah is a poet, interdisciplinary researcher and teacher. Her debut collection, a novel-in-sonnets called the love i do to you, was published in 2019. Poems from the book were shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and the book has been shortlisted for The Poetry Book Awards, The Melita Hume Prize and won the AM Heath Prize. Her next book of poems, a pamphlet called The Rafters are Still Burning, explores colonial archives, writing and white supremacy and will be published by Dancing Girl Press in 2021.

Mariah holds degrees from The Queen’s University of Belfast, The University of Oxford and a PhD from The University of Manchester. Her academic research on trauma, archives and representation has been published in Writing in Education. She has previously taught Creative Writing at The Centre for New Writing at The University of Manchester. In addition to her Fellowship at UCL, she is currently the Jacqueline Bardsley Poet-in-Residence at Homerton College at The University of Cambridge where she writes and teaches poetry.

Mariah is a co-founder and editor of bath magg, a digital magazine of new poetry that showcases the best new writing from emerging and established poets.