Hana Leaper was appointed to a three-year Paul Mellon Centre postdoctoral Fellowship in November 2014. As Deputy Editor of British Art Studies, the Centre’s online research journal, Hana works collaboratively with the BAS team to deliver three issues of innovative digital content per year. Her role at the journal is to shape and edit articles and features based on new research and scholarship on all aspects of British art.
In addition to her responsibilities for the journal, Hana contributes to the Centre's research environment through her own academic activities and through facilitating research events and networks. Her current research interests include the Grosvenor School of linocut artists, early twentieth century exhibiting histories and artists’ networks, and theories of an artistic middlebrow. Her recent and forthcoming publications include Sybil Andrews Linocuts: A Complete Catalogue (Lund Humphries, 2015), "'Immortal apples and eternal eggs': life and still life in the bedsits of Bloomsbury", in Living with Strangers: Bedsits and Boarding-houses in English Life and Literature, 1900-1970, ed. Kathy Mezei and Chiara Briganti (Bloomsbury, 2017). She is also preparing her PhD thesis 'Vanessa Bell and the Significance of Form' for publication.
Alongside Sophie Hatchwell, she is co-founder of the Early Career Researchers in British Art Network which, supported by the PMC, has staged numerous events for ECRs, including a ‘copyright briefing for researchers’ and seminars on preparing for journal and book publication.
Prior to taking up her current position at the Centre, Hana worked for the Charleston Foundation researching and cataloging the Angelica Garnett Gift. Hana has also lectured in English literature and art history at the University of Liverpool and on the art and design programme at the University of Wolverhampton.
Hana holds a BA in Art History and English Literature, and an MA in Cultural Studies from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in British Modernist art from the University of Liverpool.