Dr Peter Cherry

Peter Cherry is a comparative literature scholar, interested in questions of and intersections between gender, race, sexuality, and national and cultural identity in twentieth and twenty-first century British and Turkish literature, film and culture. Peter holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh where his thesis, entitled British Muslim Masculinities in Transcultural Literature and Film 1985-2012, examined constructions of masculinity in literature and film by British writers and filmmakers with a Muslim cultural heritage.

Peter’s research was funded by the University of Edinburgh’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences scholarship. His post-doctoral research explores the impact of the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and representations of post-Ottoman Turkish national and cultural identities in mid-twentieth century British literary and travel narratives. Peter also holds a Certificate in Teaching English to Adults (CELTA); he has three years’ experience teaching English as a foreign language in Istanbul and has served as a Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes at the University of Leeds’ pre-sessional course for postgraduate students.


  • PhD in Comparative Literature, University of Edinburgh (2017)
  • MSc (with distinction) in Comparative and General Literature, University of Edinburgh (2010)
  • BA (Hons) English and Comparative Literature, Goldsmiths, University of London (2009)

Related Professional Appointments:

  • Post-doctoral Fellow | British Institute at Ankara (2017-)
  • Teaching Fellow in English for Academic Purposes | University of Leeds (2017)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant | English and Scottish Literature, University of Edinburgh (2016-17)
  • Instructor in English Language | Dragoman Akademi, Istanbul (2011-13)


“I’d rather my brother was a bomber than a homo”: British Muslim masculinities and homonationalism in Sally El Hosaini’s My Brother the Devil, Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Online: 28 January 2017, DOI: 10.1177/0021989416683761 (print forthcoming September 2017)


BIAA - British Institute at Ankara (member)

BCLA – British Comparative Literature Association (member)

PSA – Postcolonial Studies Association (member)

BRISMES – British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (member)