People Professor Karen O'Brien
Member, Management Committee
Head of Humanities Division
Professor O'Brien joined Oxford University as Head of Humanities Division in September 2016. Prior to coming to Oxford she was Vice-Principal (Education) and Professor of English Literature at King's College London. She read English at University College, Oxford, took her DPhil at Oxford (St Cross), and was awarded a Harkness Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.
She was a research fellow at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and then held posts at Southampton, Cardiff, Warwick and Birmingham universities. Her research focuses on the Enlightenment and eighteenth-century literature, particularly the historical writing and fiction of the period.