The primary focus of my research is on Victorian literature and culture. I have published a monograph entitled Thomas Hardy's Legal Fictions (Edinburgh University Press, 2013) and an edited collection of essays entitled Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) and I am co-editor of a collection of essays on neglected Victorian writers, Victorian Fiction beyond the Canon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). I recently completed a monograph on Maud Gonne (forthcoming with UCD Press in 2019) and am currently editing a companion volume to Victorian Time, entitled Literature and Modern Time: Technological Modernity, Glimpses of Eternity, Experiments with Time (forthcoming with Palgrave Macmillan in 2019).
I am a member of the editorial panels for Romance Revolution and Reform, the Thomas Hardy Journal and the Hardy Society Journal and act as external examiner for the University of Worcester.
Daragh Downes and Trish Ferguson, Ed. Victorian Fiction beyond the Canon (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016)
- John Sutherland, 'Afterword from the Hinterland', 2016: 'a work of major interest and guidance.'
Trish Ferguson, Thomas Hardy’s Legal Fictions. (Edinburgh University Press, 2013).
- Kieran Dolin, Victorian Studies, 2016: 'a consistently engaging book, and one that will repay reading as a whole.'
- William A. Davis, Hardy Review, 2015: ‘an important book’ that ‘shows us the early Hardy as other treatments of Hardy and the law have not.'
- Roger Ebbatson, Victoriographies, 2014: 'in the overcrowded field of Hardy studies, it is good to welcome a book which sheds a genuinely new light on both the man and the work, and one which suggests fertile areas for further study.'
- Phillip Mallett, Thomas Hardy Journal, 2014: 'Thomas Hardy’s Legal Fictions is a timely and valuable contribution to the field of law and literature studies, and to Hardy studies in particular.'
- Richard Sylvia, Review 19, 2014: 'Ferguson offers many fine readings of [Hardy's] fiction while enlarging the cultural context that a reader might bring to the study of it.'
Trish Ferguson, Ed. Victorian Time: Technologies, Standardizations, Catastrophes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).
- Barbara Barrow, Victorian Periodicals Review, 2013: “Ambitious in scope and precise in detail, this collection is a valuable contribution to scholarship on Victorian time in all of its multiplicity and complication.”
- Sarah Bower, Historical Novel Review, 2013: 'Fascinating and thought-provoking.'