Rio is a current Post Graduate Researcher at the University of Liverpool.

Her PhD research bridges the fields of modernism, periodical studies, and feminist/queer theory. The working title of her thesis is 'Editing the Little Review: Queers, Cartoons, Conflict and Conversation'.  She serves on the committee for the European Society of Periodical Studies, and the organising committee of the Queer Modernism(s) Conference, most recently held at the University of Oxford in April 2019.  She teaches for the University of Liverpool on the BA English degree, on modules including Women Writers, Close Reading, Literature in Time, Modernist World, and British Writing from 1945. Rio is the Post Graduate Representative for the Department of English.

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2016-present                    PhD: University of Liverpool. English Literature.
                                              Working title: 'Editing the Little Review: Queers, Cartoons, Conflict and Conversation'. 
                                              Supervisor: Dr. Sandeep Parmar/Dr. Sophie Oliver

2014-2015                        MA: University of Liverpool. Directed Research (English)
                                            Awarded: Distinction
                                            Dissertation title: Music in James Joyce’s Dubliners
                                            Supervisor: Professor Frank Shovlin

2009-2013                       BA (hons): University of Liverpool. English.
                                            Awarded: 1st Class
                                            Dissertation title: The Influence of Gerhart Hauptmann on the young James Joyce
                                            Supervisor: Professor Frank Shovlin

Papers and Presentations

2019  British Association of Modernist Studies: Troublesome Modernisms
                                          Kings College London
                                          Paper title: ‘The Lesbian Trials of James Joyce’s Ulysses’

2019 Queer Modernism(s) III: Queer Networks
                                          University of Oxford
                                          Paper title: ‘Sexology and Modernist Print Culture’

2018                                 Queer Modernism(s) II: Intersectional Identities
                                          University of Oxford
                                          Paper title: ‘“You are the buzz and I am the sting”; Butch and Femme editing of the Little Review’

2017                                 Editing the Twentieth Century
                                          The British Library
                                          Paper title: ‘The Reader Critic as Editorial Strategy’

2017                                6th International Conference of the European Society for Periodical Research
                                          IULM Milan
                                          Paper title: ‘Ezra Pound and the Benefits of Creating Inter-Periodical Conflict’

2017                                Queer Modernisms Conference
                                          Nottingham Trent University
                                          Paper title: ‘Polyamory with Emma Goldman’

2016                                The Modernist Podcast
                                          Invitation to be a panellist
                                          Episode: Modernism, Women and Feminism

2016                                MA Commencement Address
                                          Invitation to speak
                                          University of Liverpool
                                          Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

2013                                Interview and feature on The Chester Noah Play
                                          Bay TV
                                          University of Liverpool Players

Training and Development

 2017                               ‘Public Engagement in the Research Environment’
                                          Liverpool Doctoral College

2017                                Grant Application Workshop
                                          Department of English, University of Liverpool

2016                                ‘Inter-library loans and Online Resources’
                                           Liverpool Doctoral College


2019 Cheap Modernism: Expanding Markets, Publishers Series and the Avant-Garde by Lise Jaillant (review)
                                           James Joyce Quarterly   

2018 To The Many by Lola Ridge (review)
                                           Poetry Magazine

2017                                 The Agenbite; A James Joyce Web Zine
                                           Role: Editor    

Public Engagement

2019 FACT Liverpool
                                           Reading and discussion group leader, on Gary McNair’s Locker Room Talk

2018 FACT Liverpool/Liverpool Biennial
                                           Panel discussion following a screening of John Cassavettes ‘A Woman Under the Influence’

2016                                 Waywords and Meansigns
                                           Role: Arranger
                                           This international project (based in Canada) set Finnegans Wake to music, in its entirely. I was invited to                                                           arrange and record chapter four, which was done in collaboration with Liverpool based performers.

2013-2014                      University of Liverpool Players
                                           Role: Founding Member, Director, Performer
                                           This project toured Medieval and Early Modern Theatre around the North West, and collaborated with                                                              institutions including the Walker Art Museum and Liverpool Maritime Museum.    


2014                                  Most Influential Woman on Campus
                                           The Tab

2014                                  Best Big Society
                                            Liverpool Guild of Students
                                            Liverpool University Drama Society