I completed an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture at the University of St Andrews (2016) and a BA English at Staffordshire University (2012). My current research examines the relationship between masculinity, ecology and the environment, and themes of the Old West in contemporary U.S. fiction.
Alongside my PhD, I work as the editor of AC Review of Books, a digital publication dedicated to academic book reviews that launched at the beginning of 2020 as part of the Academic Chatter platform. During 2019, I was on the editorial subcomittee of the postgraduate journal Alluvium, where I co-edited issue 7.4. I have also worked as a research assistant on Another West: The Globalization of the Comic Book Western, edited by Professor Christopher Conway and Professor Antoinette Sol (University of Texas at Arlington) and as a regular contributor the Ploughshares blog. I continue to write and review on a freelance basis. My work has appeared in venues including Inside Higher Ed, Cleveland Review of Books, and OperaWire.
My academic writing has been published in a number of venues (see below), and I am the recipient of the 2017 British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS) Postgraduate Essay Prize, the 2018 British Association for American Studies (BAAS) Postgraduate Essay Prize, and the 2019 Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand (ISAANZ) Postgraduate Essay Prize. My PhD research is funded by a John Barnard Scholarship.
My current research interests are in U.S. Literature, Ecocriticism/Ecosophy, Masculinity Studies, Comics Studies and the Western genre.
My thesis examines the concept of ecomasculinity in contemporary U.S. fiction that invokes or reimagines the Old West. It focuses on works by Thomas Pynchon, Edward Abbey, Larry McMurtry, Annie Proulx, Cormac McCarthy, and Percival Everett.
Proceeding from the standpoint that frontier narratives and the Western genre have helped shape the parameters of the man/nature relationship in the U.S. cultural imagination, it seeks to demonstrate the ways in which these traditional conceptions of manliness have been challenged in a period of increased environmental awareness and changing gender norms.
Using new critical tools emerging from the growth of men's studies and its intersections with ecocriticism and gender theory, my thesis will contribute to the articulation of ecomasculinity as an emerging concept and to an understanding of U.S. literary masculinities in the context of the Anthropocene.
- MLitt Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture
- BA English
Research groups and institutes
- Environmental Humanities Research Group
- American Studies Research Group