Rhys Kaminski-Jones BA, MA, PhD

RhysK-J Position:  British Academy   Postdoctoral Fellow


Postal address: Dr Rhys Kaminski-Jones,
University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies,
National Library of Wales,
SY23 3HH

Rhys Kaminski-Jones's work focuses on connections between Welsh, English, and other Celtic literatures during the eighteenth century and the Romantic era, and on building links between Celtic Studies and other academic disciplines.

Having studied for a BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford, and an MA in Eighteenth Century Studies at the University of York, Rhys joined the Centre as a doctoral student in 2012, researching the cultural significance of the Ancient Britons during the long eighteenth century.

He has since re-joined the Centre as a postdoctoral fellow, and is currently engaged in a British Academy funded project on the neglected and much misunderstood Welsh author William Owen Pughe. He is preparing the first critical volume dedicated to Pughe's Welsh and English writings, which aims to reassess the reputation of this lost Romantic figure.

He is also the co-editor (with Francesca Kaminski-Jones) of a forthcoming interdisciplinary volume exploring the connections between Celtic and Classical heritage in Britain, and is pursuing an interest in the environmental humanities with a project on air, atmosphere, and local identity in Romantic literature.

Rhys has published and reviewed in the Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion, Romanticism, The Review of English Studies, and Planet. He regularly speaks at academic conferences, and has been interviewed about his research on BBC Radio Cymru. He welcomes any and all enquiries about his work from those inside or outside academia.


With Francesca Kaminski-Jones (eds.), Celts, Romans, Britons: Classical and Celtic Influence in the Construction of British Identities (under review with Oxford University Press).

Review of Elizabeth Edwards (ed.), Richard Llwyd: Beaumaris Bay and Other Poems. In Romanticism 25 (2019).

Review of Jeff Strabone. Poetry and British Nationalisms in the Bardic Eighteenth Century: Imagined Antiquities. In The Review of English Studies, Vol. 70.

‘“Where Cymry United, Delighted Appear”: The Society of Ancient Britons and the Celebration of St. David’s Day in London, 1715–1815’. In Transactions of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion 23 (2017). 

Conferences Organized:

Co-organizer with Dr Erin Lafford of the conference ‘Change of Air: Atmosphere, Health, and Locality in the Romantic Era, 1760–1840’. Oxford University, 14 September 2018.

Co-organizer with Francesca Kaminski-Jones of the conference ‘Celts, Romans, Britons: Classical and Celtic Influence in Britain, 55 BC – 2016 AD’, Oxford University, 2 July 2016.