I have a primary specialism in late nineteenth and early-twentieth century US American Literature, with a secondary specialism in British Victorian and Edwardian literature. My particular research interests are literature and social justice, literature and homelessness, and working class studies.
I am currently working on my second monograph, provisionally entitled 'On and Off the Road: Vagabonds, Tramps, and Hobos in American literature'.
My first monograph, 'Literature and Photography in Transition, 1850-1915', came out with Palgrave MacMillan in 2015. The book examined the representation of photography in British and American literature, focusing particularly on representations of poverty. I have also published articles and book chapters on William Dean Howells, Jack London, Henry James, and Alfred Tennyson.
I have worked as a peer-reviewer for numerous organisations, including Bloomsbury and The Chetham Society. I previously organised the ‘International Poetry Month’ for the No Glory in War campaign. I write occasional, sometimes tongue-in-cheek (!) articles for the New Statesman. I am a Newberry Library Fellow for 2018-19.
I welcome Ph.D applications within nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literary studies, whether focused on American, British or Transatlantic literature. I have supervised doctoral students working on Patricia Highsmith and social class, Alfred Tennyson and ‘Celticism’, and on notions of heroism and villainy in American WWII comics.
I am currently organising an interdisciplinary conference entitled 'Representing Homelessness', which will take place in Lincoln in the Summer of 2019. The event is funded by a British Academy Conference Grant.
I teach Victorian, Edwardian and nineteenth-century American Literature, among other subjects.
I am the Level 1 co-ordinator for English, as well as the co-ordinator for the modules ‘Popular Culture’, and ‘A Dream Deferred: Class in American Literature’.
I co-organise the Nineteenth-Century Research Group. This is a cross-departmental group that welcomes staff, students and members of the public alike. The group generally meets about 3 times a term. For further information, see the blog: http://c19group.blogs.lincoln.ac.uk/
US American Literature, approx 1850-1940; literature and social justice; literature and homelessness; working-class studies; British Victorian and Edwardian Literature; literature and photography/early film.