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Wellcome Trust Fellow, Brunel University London

At the broadest level, my research is concerned with the cognitive and cultural factors that inform how human beings think about, create and communicate representations. In this regard, it cuts across both the humanities and the social sciences. Methodologically, I am very interested in how quantitative and experimental methods can be applied to qualitative cultural and linguistic data (and particularly to 'big' data). To date, I have published on a wide variety of subjects, including experimental psychology, literary studies, anthropology, cultural studies, mythology, social media and linguistics.

I have graduate degrees in discourse linguistics, literary studies and philosophy; I have also held competitively awarded fellowships in the form of a Junior Research Fellowship (Linacre College, Oxford), a Marie Curie Fellowship (Department of Experimental Psychology, Oxford), and a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Fellowship (Brunel University London).


  • 2017–present
    Wellcome Trust Fellow in the Medical Humanities, Centre for Culture and Evolution / Department of Arts & Humanities
  • 2016–2017
    Senior Research Associate, Department of Psychology, Lancaster University
  • 2012–2016
    Research Associate, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
  • 2013–2016
    Research Associate , Faculty of English Language and Literature, University of Oxford
  • 2012–2014
    Junior Research Fellow, Linacre College, University of Oxford
  • 2012–2014
    Marie Curie Fellow, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
  • 2010–2012
    Lecturer, School of English, University College Cork
  • 2007–2009
    Lecturer, School of Languages, Literature, Culture & Communication, University of Limerick


  • 2006 
    University College Cork, Ireland, PhD (Discourse Linguistics)

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Wellcome Trust Fellowship in the Medical Humanities
    Funding Source:
    Wellcome Trust
  • 2012
    Junior Research Fellowship
    Funding Source:
    Linacre College, University of Oxford
  • 2012
    Marie Curie Fellowship, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford
    Funding Source:
    European Commission