My main research interest is in material culture and American women's writing.I work on how ideas of consumerism, objects, and female identity intersect in the American novel, and I mostly work on authors such Edith Wharton, Anita Loos, Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, and Mae West. I'm very interested in how objects function in fiction and specifically focus on fashion, jewellery, and domesticity in relation to American women's writing.
In addition, I'm also very interested in contemporary American writing, and have recently published on topics such as the rise of the celebrity femoir, and the role of food in the post-apocalyptic novel. I'm currently co-editing a collection of essays on literary cities and time (hopefully to be published in 2019) and am also working on a smaller project exploring contemporary literary responses to the American Civil War.
I am the Subject Director for English Literature at York St John University, where I am also a Senior Lecturer in American Literature, and have previously worked at the University of Central Lancashire and the University of Sheffield.