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). I have worked previously as an English teacher (TESOL) and university lecturer in China. 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 have 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 freelance arts and culture writer and reviewer for the Ploughshares blog and OperaWire.
I am on the editorial subcomittee of the postgraduate journal Alluvium, where I am co-editing issue 7.4, and I am a peer-reviewer for the comics journal ImageTexT.
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