I am Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Culture at Edinburgh Napier University. Before joining ENU I was Lecturer in English Literature at Nottingham Trent University and HP Lecturer in English at Newcastle University, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2012.
My research focuses on the literary and cultural response to terrorism and disaster. It is driven by a belief that through analysis of the ways texts represent, undercut and/or reinforce the official narratives of crises it is possible to move beyond the often limited and reductive understandings of these phenomena. My research seeks to operate within the 'world narrative', and by engaging with literature and culture, probes the extents to which we can understand instances of terror and crisis as 'symptoms' of neoliberalism, globalization and global inequality.
I have published widely on the representation of 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina in journals including Reconstruction, Modern language Review, European Journal of American cultures and Comparative American Studies and my monograph, The 9/11 Novel: Trauma, Politics and Identity was published in 2014. I am currently working on a major study of narrative representation of Hurricane Katrina which traces the ways in which these texts deal with both the Katrina crisis and the residual social realities and politics of the War on Terror. I am also interested in intersections between literature and punk rock and between literature and new US television and am pursuing collaborative projects in both areas.
I am a member of the British Association of American Studies and am Vice Chair of Contemporary Studies Network.