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Hatty Nestor

Photograph of Hatty Nestor
Convenor, Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (BA)

Areas of interest

Creative nonfiction

Hybrid Writing

Feminist and Queer Studies

Critical Theory 

Moral Philosophy 

Visual Cultures

Archival Studies


Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (BA)

Introduction to Creative Writing (BA)


Dr Hatty Nestor is a writer and scholar. Her work explores questions of art, ethics, and gender, to confront contemporary issues related to social justice and representation. Her interdisciplinary research and teaching interests focus on marginalised voices and questions of memorialisation and archives, as demonstrated in her forthcoming book that explores the legacy of the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta.

Her first book Ethical Portraits: In Search of Representational Justice was published in 2021 by Zero Books, and uncovered forms of representation in the US criminal justice system. Through wide-ranging interviews and creative nonfiction, it explores the roles of prison portraiture, such as courtroom sketches, DNA profiling, and the incarceration of Chelsea Manning. It was supported by Art Council England’s National Lottery

Project Grant. The Aching Poem, a pamphlet documenting chronic health conditions and the body, was also published in 2021 by Boise State Press.

Hatty’s writing and criticism has appeared in The Times Literary Supplement, Granta, Tribune, The White Review, and many other publications. She has also been commissioned by galleries in the UK and abroad for exhibition texts and interviews, including The Royal College of Art. Prior to Reading, Hatty held positions at Birkbeck University of London, The Glasgow School of Art, and the Sandberg Instituut, and was a visiting fellow at The Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC and MACBA, Barcelona. She also worked as a lead researcher on both the AHRC-funded Feminist Queer Archives group and Animating Archives project at Goldsmiths, University of London. Hatty has also facilitated writing workshops at several art galleries and cultural institutions such as the ICA and has been a writer-in-residence at organisations including CCA in Glasgow, Cove Park, Scotland, Jerwood Arts, London.

Academic qualifications

PhD in Creative Writing and Gender Studies, Birkbeck University of London
MA in Critical Writing, The Royal College of Art
BA (Hons) in Art History, Goldsmiths University of London

Awards and honours

AHRC International Fellowship – Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC, 2022

CHASE/AHRC PhD Funding, 2019-2023

Royal College of Art Scholarship Fund 2014/15

Selected publications


Ethical Portraits: In Search of Representational Justice, Zero Books, 2021



The Aching Poem, Boise State Press, 2021

Corposants, Montez Press, 2017


Edited Books:

Bodies Proximity Place, MAP magazine, 2022

Meet Me in the Present: Documents and their Afterlives, Royal College of Art, 2017


Journal Articles:

‘Feminism’s Un/Common Rituals, the Affective Afterlife of Ana Mendieta.’ Gestures, Manchester University Press (forthcoming)

‘Coming Out of the Closet, also on the News? A Longitudinal Content Analysis of Patterns in Visibility, Tone, and Framing of LGBTs on Television News’ (1986-2017) Gender Forum, 2021

‘Tracing Mendieta, Mendieta’s Trace’ MAI Journal of Feminist Studies, 2021

‘Court Sketcher’, Granta, 2021

‘Facing Future Feelings’ – The Portrait of Chelsea Manning, The White Review, 2018


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