I am a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and have lectured at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, Queen’s University Belfast and Edinburgh University. Before my current post at the University of Stirling I worked as a research assistant at the University of Liverpool and I also worked at the Scottish Qualifications Authority.
My primary research and teaching interests are centred on Sub-Saharan African literary cultures with a particular emphasis on postcolonial travel and translation practices and cultures. My current research focuses on the African American academic and translator, Mercer Cook, who was a key figure in translating Francophone African writing for an English-language audience in the United States. I am also involved in a research network exploring the links between bilingualism and dementia.
I am the author of a monograph on African travel writing, Postcolonial Eyes: Intercontinental Travel in Francophone African Literature (Liverpool University Press, 2009), which received a commendation from the jury for the prestigious Gapper Prize.