Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


VIRTUAL Settler Colonialisms and Indigeneity Seminar Series: How to Turn Your PhD Thesis Into a Book

07 June 2021, 5:30 pm–6:30 pm

Xine Yao

Please join us for this presentation and informal discussion of the Thesis-into-Book process, with a special emphasis on research that engages with Settler Colonial Studies. Dr Xine Yao and Dr Nick Spengler will give brief presentations on their own very recent (ongoing, in fact!) experiences with this process, followed by open discussion.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Christy Wensley, Sarah Collier, Nicholas Spengler
n.spengler@ucl.ac.uk, sarah.collier.19@ucl.ac.uk

Please find more information and join here.

Xine Yao’s book Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America is forthcoming from Duke University Press in October 2021, in the series ‘Perverse Modernities’.

Dr. Xine Yao is Lecturer in American Literature to 1900 at University College London. Her first book is Disaffected: The Cultural Politics of Unfeeling in Nineteenth-Century America which won the Duke University Press Scholars of Color First Book Award and is forthcoming October 2021 from Duke University Press in the Perverse Modernities series. Her articles have appeared in J19, Occasion, and American Quarterly, the last of which was a finalist for the Constance M. Rourke Prize for best essay. Her honours include the American Studies Association’s Yasuo Sakakibara Essay Prize and her research has been supported by grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She is a BBC Radio 3/AHRC New Generation Thinker and the co-host of PhDivas Podcast.

Nick Spengler’s book Melville’s Americas: Hemispheric Sympathies, Transatlantic Contagion is forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in autumn 2022, in the series ‘Interventions in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture’.


While this event is targeted toward those finishing their PhD theses, all are welcome. If you have specific interests in Settler Colonial Studies, or if you are curious about the process of revising a PhD thesis as a monograph, this event is for you! We hope this series of events will answer your questions, raise new ones and open up some energized conversations on the continuing role of settler colonial logics in the United States and globally

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