Personal profile


Jodie researches nineteenth-century representations and experiences of people who travelled around Britain (including Romanies/Gypsies and canal boat people). In 2016 she was appointed the Canal & River Trust’s first Honorary Research Fellow. She takes the ethical responsibilities of her research seriously, demonstrating the legacies of nineteenth-century texts and attitudes in the present day and communicating with writers, activists, and practitioners beyond the university. With the Canal & River Trust she organises a Waterways Research Network. Please contact to get involved. You can watch a YouTube video about Jodie’s research on canal boat people.

Jodie is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has taught English Literature, Film, Critical Theory, and History, with teaching experience at Cardiff University and the University of Huddersfield. She is Recruitment Tutor for English Literature and Creative Writing. If you are from a school or college and would like to speak to Jodie about a campus visit, Extended Project Qualification, or university taster sessions, please email   

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Representations of Gypsies, Roma or Travellers, especially in the nineteenth century
  • Waterways and their cultures in the nineteenth century
  • Race, gender and identity in the nineteenth century
  • Travel in the nineteenth century
  • Co-production in Humanities research

Fingerprint Fingerprint is based on mining the text of the person's scientific documents to create an index of weighted terms, which defines the key subjects of each individual researcher.

gipsy Social Sciences
brain Social Sciences
History Arts & Humanities
community Social Sciences
stereotype Social Sciences
Waterways Arts & Humanities
Gypsies Arts & Humanities
Group Social Sciences

Research Output 2013 2018

Rights and Romance: Representing Gypsy Lives

Matthews, J., Reed, A. & Lawrence-Francis, R. 28 Feb 2018

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


The Gypsy Woman: Representations in Literature and Visual Culture

Matthews, J. 2018 (Accepted/In press) London: I.B. Tauris.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Visual Culture

Daughters of Cyprus: Women, Contemporary Romance Fiction, and 1974

Matthews, J. Sep 2017 In : Synthesis. 10, p. 10-29 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

George Borrow: Three Fraser Memorial Lectures by Martin Murphy, Clive Wilkins-Jones and David Chandler and George Borrow’s Moorish Vocabulary, ed. Simon Hopkins

Matthews, J. Dec 2017 British Journal of Victorian Studies (BAVS) Newsletter , 17.3, p. 27-29 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Open Access

Book Review: Lines of Flight: For Another World of Possibilities by Félix Guattari

Matthews, J. 9 Jun 2016 LSE Review of Books

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationBook/Film/Article review

Open Access
Félix Guattari
Social Space
Gilles Deleuze

Activities 2015 2018

  • 6 Oral presentation
  • 4 Invited talk

Canals in Nineteenth-Century Literary History

Matthews, J. (Speaker)
7 Apr 2017

Activity: Oral presentation

Canals in Literary History

Matthews, J. (Speaker)
17 Nov 2016

Activity: Oral presentation

Consumables by Canal in the Nineteenth Century

Matthews, J. (Speaker)
1 Sep 2016

Activity: Oral presentation