Mike Witcombe

Personal statement

Mike Witcombe joined Bath Spa in September 2017 from the University of Southampton, where he completed his PhD. His teaching responsibilities at Bath Spa include modules on Critical Reading, Crime Fiction, Literature and Evil, and the English Project. His teaching is mostly focused on 20th Century literature and theory.

Mike’s research focuses on representations of gender and sexuality in contemporary Jewish-American fiction. This builds on work Mike undertook for his PhD thesis, which focused on three of Philip Roth’s works - the “Kepesh” novels.

Mike has published widely on Jewish literature, and recently co-edited an essay collection on topics within contemporary Jewish-American Literature through the open-access platform Open Library of Humanities.

His first monograph project is ongoing, and his additional research interests include psychoanalytic theory, baseball fiction, and videogames.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, Southampton
  • MSc, Edinburgh
  • MA Hons, Glasgow.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow - Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Membership Secretary - British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies
  • Secretary - Philip Roth Society.


  • EN4000, Critical Reading 1
  • EN5107, Crime Fiction
  • EN6001, English Project
  • EN6052, Literature and Evil.

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