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Senior Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies, University of Canterbury

My research and teaching focuses on cultural studies, popular culture, gender studies, and visual culture, with an emphasis upon film. My main focus is horror media. My book "Women, Monstrosity and Horror Film: Gynaehorror", was published by Routledge as part of their Film Philosophy on the Margins series, and I am currently writing a book on the 'What We Do in the Shadows' universe.

I am interested in wide range of approaches to culture, especially the 'everyday', This includes digital culture, spectatorship, science and technology, the relationship between bodies and space, issues of taste and consumption, camp and queerness, and so-called 'low' culture. I have a broad skill set, and have contributed to a range of scholarly, critical and popular publications.

I am also an arts and cultural critic. I create and participate in performance work, and I appear regularly as a panelist, speaker and adjudicator at events and festivals. I have written for The Spinoff, Pantograph Punch, Theaatreview, the Christchurch Art Gallery's Bulletin, The Physics Room, Stuff, the Playmarket Annual, and have appeared on RNZ, BBC5, TV3, rdu, and Radio Live. I am proud to be a trustee of WORD Christchurch.


  • –present
    Lecturer in English and Cultural Studies, University of Canterbury


  • 2014 
    University of Canterbury, PhD