My graduate training is in Old English literature, although I now teach and do research in the fields of J.R.R. Tolkien studies; medievalism (i.e. responses to the Middle Ages in later times); medieval literature; and higher education pedagogy. Part of my past research has dealt with versions of medieval literature for children. Currently, I am working on a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada funded project dealing with Tolkien's compositions in the style of Old English poetry, known as alliterative verse, and exploring how contemporary writers use or adapt this alliterative style.
I am currently a Professor in the Department of English at Mount Saint Vincent University.
I am currently the principal investigator on a 3-year SSHRC Insight grant on Tolkien and Alliterative Verse. I have previously been awarded the Instructional Leadership Award and the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award from Mount Saint Vincent University. I was also nominated for the Research Award last year.