Prof. Pamela Clemit research interests are in English literature of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, and they intersect with history, politics, and philosophy. Much of her research is based on manuscripts.
The philosophical anarchist William Godwin (1756-1836) is at the centre of Clemit's current work. Her principal research project is the Oxford University Press edition of Godwin's letters, which is being published in six volumes. Alongside this Clemit continues to teach, research, and publish in other areas of interest. These include the 1790s, the Mary Wollstonecraft diaspora, and the political novel. A relatively new departure is critical study of the letters and journals of the late 18th and early 19th centuries, broadly conceived.
Clemit has been a Visiting Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, working under the directorship of Peter Gay, and has held a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship. She has held Visiting Fellowships at several Oxford colleges, including All Souls College and Wadham College.
Most recently she is the recipient of the Keats-Shelley Association of America Distinguished Scholar Award for 2017.