I am Senior Lecturer in Literature and MA Programme Tutor in Humanities. I completed my PhD at the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies, University of York, in 2004. I taught in the Department of English Literature at the University of Sheffield before taking up my post at Hertfordshire in 2007.
My research interests include eighteenth-century literature, literature and science, writing for children and young adults, vampire literature and culture. I convene the 'Open Graves, Open Minds: Vampires and the Undead in Modern Culture' research project which is hosted by the University.
I am trained in editing and I am a reviewer of manuscripts for Routledge, Broadview Press and MUP, together with a number of journals including the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Until recently I was Reviews Editor for literature for JECS and I still have strong links with this journal. I am an active member of the British Society of Literature and Science, the British Association of Romantic Studies, the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies and the International Gothic Association.