Julie Anastasia Barton - PhD Candidate and Project Manager
About Me

My CV can be found on this page; if you are interested in the projects I'm involved with at the moment, please click the Projects link to the left.

My research interests cover many topics of children’s literature including adapting books for film, morality and character motivation, contemporary social issues, teenage novels, and the interplay between children’s literature and popular culture.  I'm currently researching a PhD in Literature at the University of East Anglia, which uses Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events to discuss issues of language and morality in contemporary children's literature. 

I believe research at the highest level should have a direct relation to, even impact on, general cultural discourse beyond the academy and am passionate about finding ways in which scholarly research can improve society at large.

Julie Barton's Curriculum Vitae

2012 (expected)
PhD in Literature: University of East Anglia, Norwich

French Language Certificate: Sorbonne University, Paris

MA Degree in Children’s Literature: Roehampton University, London

BA Degree in English Literature, Minor in Music: Boston College, Boston
            Arts and Sciences Honors Program
Administrative Experience

Miss Representation — Campaign Intern (October 2011 - Present)
Providing support to the Campaign Director, researching, writing copy for website, and
maintaining distribution and donor records on Salesforce.com. Researching and indentifying
possible grant and partnership opportunities. Miss Representation's Website

Design Museum—Capital Campaign Coordinator (June - September 2010)
Worked with consultants to set up a $45m capital campaign. Responsibilities included identification of prospects, detailed donor research, inputting of records onto Raiser’s Edge, managing data and creating reports, and organizing early cultivation events. Design Museum's Website

Panrimo Study Abroad—United Kingdom Coordinator  (May 2008- February 2011)                    
Acted as a first-point-of-contact for students studying abroad in the United Kingdom. Met students at airport, created and gave tours of London, answered visa queries, and was available for any last-minute problems which arose. Panrimo's Website

IBBY UK Annual Conference—Conference Administration  (November 2009)
Provided administrative support for the International Board on Books for Young People's UK chapter annual conference.

The Fairy Tale After Angela Carter—Conference Administration  (2009)
Assisted my PhD supervisor, Dr Stephen Benson, with organising a four-day conference featuring keynote speeches by Jack Zipes, Donald Haase, Cristina Bacchalegia and Marina Warner at the University of East Anglia in April of 2009.  The Fairy Tale After Angela Carter - Website

Philharmonia Orchestra—Finance Assistant (May 2008 - July 2008)
Managed the accounts payable and staff expenses for the Philharmonia Orchestra and also provided administrative support for the Finance Department and the Head of Finance.

Tales on Moon Lane Children's Bookshop—Assistant Manager (September 2007 - April 2008)
Helped run specialist bookshop in Northwest London.  Due to the small size of the bookshop, only one person worked at any time.  Therefore I was Manager, bookseller, and any other position as needed; I answered customer queries, restocked shelves, ordered toy and book stock, cleaned and locked up. Tales on Moon Lane Website

“Going Cheap? Female Celebrity in the Tabloid, Reality and Scandal Genres” —Conference Administration (April-May 2008)
Provided administrative assistance with publicity and disseminating calls for papers.

Puffin Publishing Editorial Internship (part-time)   (April 2005 - October 2005)                          
Provided administrative assistance to editorial department and Managing Director.  Assisted with proof-reading, copy-editing, research, and creative brainstorming for various titles.  Organised reprints of backlist titles.  Logged, read and evaluated submitted manuscripts, composed reader reports, wrote and catalogued rejection letters.  Provided holiday cover for PA to Managing Director and Editorial Assistant on various occasions.

Philharmonia Orchestra—Assistant to the Director   (Oct 2002-Dec 2002; Jan 2005-Dec 2005)       
Various executive-level administrative duties, including diary management, travel arrangements, audio typing of correspondence.  Liaison for Council of Management, Orchestra Committee, Personnel Committee; scheduled meetings, arranged agendas, took minutes of meetings.  Secretary and founding member of the Inter-Departmental Communication Committee. Philharmonia Orchestra's Website

Philharmonia Orchestra—Box Office Administrator (part-time during MA studies Sept 2003-Dec 2004)  
Worked as part of the Marketing Department, mainly providing administration of ticket bookings.  Assisted the Marketing Department with mass mailings, brochure writing and proofreading, and other administrative tasks.

Philharmonia Orchestra—Education Assistant (January 2003 - August 2003)                                
Created, managed, and evaluated projects for the Education Department.  Worked with children aged 8-18 on school music projects.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters—Assistant Administrator  (May 2000 - September 2000)                      
Oversaw data conversion to Raiser’s Edge database and provided administrative assistance to Social Workers. Big Brothers/Big Sisters Website


IBBY (International Board on Books for Young People, UK Branch) (2009-2012)
Executive Committee Member/Treasurer.
IBBY UK is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to bringing children and books together, and the UK branch supports IBBY's mission through a number of events and activities.

Graduate Student's Association - Secretary (May 2007 - Sept 2009)
Administered the GSA’s conference fund for students. Member of the University Senate Discipline
Committee and Postgraduate Research Programming Policy Group.

Book Chapter: ‘Power Play: Intertextuality in A Series of Unfortunate Events’ in Crossing Textual Boundaries in International Children's Literature, ed. Dr Lance Weldy, forthcoming 2009 
Book review: Elusive Childhood, in Marvels and Tales journal (volume 23.2; 2010)
‘Fantasy World, Realistic Issues: Contemporary Socio-Political Imagery in Harry Potter’ in The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies, March 2008

Book review: The Politics of Childhood, for IRSCL (International Research Society for Children’s Literature) online

Selected Entries in The Encyclopaedia of Popular Fiction, forthcoming

‘Empowering the Adolescent Reader in Margaret Mahy’s Alchemy and Diana Wynne Jones’ Hexwood’ in The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies, March 2006

Selected Entries in The Encyclopaedia of Children’s Literature, ed. Jack Zipes, 2006

‘The Monsters of Depression in Children’s Literature’ in The Journal of Children’s Literature Studies, March 2005

Awards Received

2008-2009, 2007-2008
ORSAS award (Overseas Research Students Award Scheme)                                          
A highly competitive award administered by the UK Higher Education Funding Body, given to
only one overseas student at each UK university judged to have outstanding academic merit and
research potential; included a $10,000 annual scholarship.

Teaching Experience

Guest Lecturer, “International Perspectives of Childhood” (November - December 2009)
Gave four lectures and ran seminars on topics of “Children's Literature” and "Children in the Media” for a third-year BA in Early Years Education course.  (School of Education at University of East Anglia)

Associate Tutor, “Writing Texts” literature core course (January - April 2009)                            
Led two seminar groups for course on exploring the culture and anthropology of writing. Developed course content, assignments and seminar work in addition to marking essays and final projects.  (School of Literature and Creative Writing at University of East Anglia)
Guest Lecturer (June 2007)
Class on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz for Classic American Children’s Literature course,
convener Dr Lance Weldy, at Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany   

Classroom Assistant, years 3 and 4, at Tower Hamlets school (Sept 2000 – June 2001)

Conference Presentations                                                 ­

'The True Tale of the Fictive Author: Metafiction and Lemony Snicket' at Fiction on Fiction - Metafictions and Reflexive Representation: Philosophy, Film, Art, Literature, Cambridge University (CRASSH), April 2011

‘Postmodern Ethics and Subjective Morality in A Series of Unfortunate Events’ at The Child and the Book international conference, Buffalo State College, Buffalo, USA, May 2008

‘The Monsters of Depression in Children’s Literature’ at the Annual Conference for the Popular Culture Association, Boston, USA, April 2007

‘We’re Off To See the Wizard: 100 Years of Adapting The Wizard of Oz’ at The Child and the Book international conference, Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey, March 2007

‘It Depends On How You Look At It: Ambiguous Morality in A Series of Unfortunate Events’ at the Annual Conference for the Association for Research in Popular Fictions: Villains, Villainy and Justice in Popular Fiction, John Moores University, Liverpool, November 2006

‘Morality in A Series of Unfortunate Events’ at Dialogues, University of East Anglia, November 2006

Other Interests

London Philharmonic Choir (2000 - 2001, 2002 - 2011)
Performed many classical works in concert halls around Europe, including the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, and the Barbican, London; Théâtre de Châtelet, Paris; and Vatican Theatre, Rome. Toured across Europe, including singing for Pope John Paul II at the Papal Concert of Reconciliation, and at the annual Proms concert series in London.