Dr Spencer Jordan is Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and Deputy Director for Drama and Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham; and he is a member of the editorial board of Creative Writing Studies. He was the Chair of the English-language Panel for the 2012 Wales Book of the Year Award.

Spencer’s first novel, Journeys in the Dead Season, was published by Macmillan in 2005. He teaches a variety of creative writing, with a particular focus on prose (including historical fiction), digital narratives and research methods. He is currently supervising three doctoral students.

Spencer completed his PhD in 1999 at the University of the West of England, Bristol, (UWE) research that centred on a detailed prosopographical analysis of Bristolian political and economic elites between 1835 and 1939 (externally supervised by Professor Sir Rick Trainor and Professor Sir David Cannadine).

Before that Dr Jordan completed his MA thesis in 1993 at the Institute of Historical Studies, University of College London, before moving to UWE as a research associate on the Bristol Historical Databases Project. In 1999 Dr Jordan gained a postgraduate teaching qualification at the University of Keele; subsequently he was employed at UWE before moving to Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2003 where he became Programme Director for MA Humanities Programmes and Learning and Teaching Co-ordinator for Cardiff School of Education.

Dr Jordan’s particular teaching interests include literary geographies, historical fiction, and digital storytelling.