I have a first class degree, an award for excellence, and an AHRC-funded doctorate from the University of Staffordshire. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, winner of a Student Led Teaching Award for Innovative Teaching, and have been working at Hope since 2009. I am Director of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies in the Faculty of Education, where I also teach Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs. I am founding Editor in Chief of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (Liverpool University Press), I am editor, with my New York colleagues Elizabeth Donaldson and Julia Miele Rodas, of the book series Literary Disability Studies (Palgrave Macmillan), and have places on the editorial boards of both Disability & Society and the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness, and am an executive board member of Considering Disability. I have organized and co-organised events at Hope, University of Lancaster, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Staffordshire. I am founder of the International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars and was the first Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Disability Research at the University of Lancaster. I am joint editor of the books, The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability (Ohio State University Press, 2012) and Disability, Avoidance, and the Academy: Challenging Resistance (Routledge, 2015), and co-guest editor of the special issue Theorising Culture and Disability: Interdisciplinary Dialogues (Review of Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa). I have many international publications to my name, including journal articles, book chapters, special issues, and works of creative writing. Many of my articles have been included in The Disability Archive UK (University of Leeds) and a few have been translated into Spanish for publication in Entre dos mundos. I am author of The Metanarrative of Blindness: A Re-Reading of Twentieth-Century Anglophone Writing (University of Michigan Press, 2014) and editor of Changing Social Attitudes Toward Disability: Perspectives from Historical, Cultural, and Educational Studies (Routledge, 2014).