I joined the School of English as a research student in 2017. Prior to this I completed my MLitt at the University of Glasgow and my BA at the University of Leeds with an Erasmus year at The Freie Universität in Berlin.
My doctoral research is fully funded by the AHRC through the WRoCAH consortium.
My research interests are wide ranging and include: nineteenth-century literature, twenty-first century literature, American literature, American studies, literary realism, queer theory, film, visual culture, experimental literature, popular culture, Romantic literature, life writing, contemporary poetry.
My doctoral thesis examines the multiple legacies of nineteenth century New England Transcendentalism in contemporary US fiction, memoir and poetry. It focuses particularly on texts that combine narrative, discursive and poetic forms.
From 2017-18 I co-led a cross-institutional Queer Theory Reading Group which brought together students from York, Sheffield and Leeds to discuss recent work in queer theory. In April 2018 I devised and ran a workshop based on my research as part of the exhibition, The House That Heals the Soul, at The Tetley art gallery in Leeds.
In November 2019 I undertook my Researcher Emplyability Project (REP) at Glasgow Women’s Library during which I researched the relationship between eco-feminsim and non-reproductive futurism. For the project I selected fiction, poetic and critical texts from the GWL collection and created a resource to help both library staff and users to navigate a series of critical questions around this theme. I wrote about this project in a blog post for GWL which you can read here https://womenslibrary.org.uk/2020/04/30/motherhood-environment-futurity-in-the-gwl-library-collection/.
American Words, American Worlds (level 2) Spring 2020
Poetry: Reading and Interpretation (level 1) Spring 2019
Postgraduate rep for the School of English (2018-19)
LEAP mentor to undergraduate students on the English Literature degree programme (2018-19)
Associate editor for parallax journal
‘Emersonian Language in A la Recherche du Temps Perdu’, WRoCAH Journal 4 (2018)
‘Review: A Liberal Education in Late Emerson: Readings in the Rhetoric of the Mind by Sean Ross Meehan’ Journal of American Studies (2020)
‘Review of The Quiet Contemporary American Novel by Rachel Sykes’ for US Studies Online (2018)
‘Review of BrANCA 3rd Biennial Symposium: The “Not Yet” of the Nineteenth-Century U.S, University of Exeter, Nov 2017’, co-authored with Adrienne Mortimer and Mike Kalisch for US Studies Online (2018)
- MLitt Victorian Literature, University of Glasgow, 2017
- BA (hons) English Language and Literature, University of Leeds, 2014