Ros Barber has a PhD in English Literature from Sussex University. It was funded by the UK’s AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) and granted in May 2011. Her thesis, entitled ‘Writing Marlowe As Writing Shakespeare: Exploring Biographical Fictions” was part creative and part critical. It consisted of the 70,000-word verse novel The Marlowe Papers and a 50,000-word critical thesis. The thesis explored the relationship between biography and fiction in the biographies of Shakespeare and his contemporary Elizabethan playwright Christopher Marlowe.  Dr Barber came originally from a science background. After gaining a First in Biological Sciences, she spent some years working in IT as a programmer for American Express, BP and BT.

Since 2014, Dr Barber has been a faculty member in the department of English and Comparative Literature at Goldsmiths College, University of London.  Research interests include early modern literary biography and authorship attribution. An up-to-date list of Dr Barber’s published articles can be found on her profile pages on:

Goldsmiths, University of London website



Open access policies mean that most academic articles should now be freely available 2 years after publication date. For open access copies, see Dr Barber’s Goldsmiths research page.

Dr Barber has won the Calvin & Rose G Hoffman award for a distinguished work on Christopher Marlowe three times.  In 2011, the winning entry was the unpublished manuscript of her verse novel, The Marlowe Papers. 2014’s award was for an essay called ‘Was Marlowe Faustus?’. The 2018 win was for the essay ‘Big Data, Little Certain: Shakespeare, Marlowe, and Henry VI.