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Emily Ross

Emily Ross Research Assistant
Telephone: 020 7795 4263


Born and raised in the rural countryside between Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, Emily completed her first degree in Philosophy, Religion and Ethics at Heythrop in 2011. Her undergraduate dissertation focused on philosophical notions of love as presented through Hans Christian Andersen’s The Snow Queen, and gained a first. After reading an MA in Contemporary Ethics, Emily began working for the Heads of Departments as a Research Assistant.

This role has involved many duties including creating a list of all global higher educational bodies involved with the study of (though not limited to) Philosophy, Theology and Ethics, as well as production editing a number of academic texts that have been compiled and written by Heythrop faculty.

Currently she is aiding Dr Michael Kirwan and the Heythrop Institute for Religion and Society.

Publications assisted with:

  • ‘The Eye of Love’: Philosophy, Theology and the Jesuit Tradition, eds Anna Abram, Peter Gallagher and Michael Kirwan with an introduction by Rowan Williams (Bloomsbury, tba)
  • Poetry and Prayer: The Power of the Word II, eds Francesca Bugliani Knox and John Took (Ashgate, 2015)
  • Poetry and the Religious Imagination: The Power of the Word, eds Francesca Bugliani Knox and David Lonsdale (Ashgate, 2015)
  • Documenting Fashion: A Dress History Blog, ed. Rebecca Arnold (Courtauld Institute, 2014) (illustrations)
  • God, Value, and Nature, by Fiona Ellis (Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • What is Philosophy? Academic poster by Stephen Law (Heythrop College, 2013) (illustrations)

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Additional Areas of Interest

The Brontë Sisters; The Feminist Contribution to Philosophy, Theology and Ethics; Gender and Sexuality; Hans Christian Andersen; History of Art; Moral Development; The Moral Imagination; Narrative Ethics; Philosophy of Love; Philosophy of Religion; Psychology of Religion; Virtue Ethics

Further Information

Emily has also taught Philosophy and Ethics at the Retirement Education Centre Ltd and given sessions in local schools. Much of her work has been charity and culture related, including aiding a cultural awareness campaign called The Culture Challenge and working with galleries and theatre societies. She is an inclusive feminist and campaigns for LGBT+ rights. Emily is also an illustrator and has provided illustrations for Stephen Law and the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Most recently, Emily has been working on coming to better understand the histories of the Brontë portraits and has a forthcoming essay for Brontë Studies entitled ‘Anne Brontë: The Case for a New Likeness’.