Ali Leyland-Collins co-founded Gender and the City, having graduated from Queen Mary, University of London, where she studied English Literature at undergraduate level. She now manages the editorial team for the website and oversees the final edits of each week’s articles. Her interest in gender and literature — and the connections between the two — was brought to the fore during her time at university, as she began to read literature through a Psychoanalytic lens. As an avid reader of Freud, Ali explored the relationship between gender and sexuality in her dissertation entitled ‘A peculiar commingling of the familiar and unfamiliar’: the Inescapability of the Uncanny from Stevenson to James’. While at university, Ali started writing for online travel publication Exploration, becoming a Section Editor soon after. After two years in this role, she is now the Editor-in-Chief.