I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, until January 2019, affiliated with Brunel University, London and under the guidance of Professor James Knowles (Renaissance Literature and Culture). One of my research goals to be achieved during this time is the completion of a monograph on Anna of Denmark that builds on my doctoral research. I intend to produce the first transcultural study of the first Stuart consort queen, which will contribute to the issue of how scholars conceptualise women's role in the early modern period, develop a new model of European cultural exchange, and consider the strategic deployment of ideas of national identity in an era of emergent nationalism.
I was awarded my PhD (Art History) from the University of Auckland in June 2015. Examined by Professor Evelyn Welch (King's University London) and Dr Natalie Mears (Durham University), my thesis focuses on the cultural and political agency of Anna of Denmark (1574-1619), wife of King James I of England (1567-1625). It specifically looks at her time in England, from 1603 to 1619, when she took a decisive role in developing her cultural interests and managing her visual persona. It provides a new contribution to scholarship by examining Anna’s significance to the material and political culture of the Stuart court. It questions traditional and current assumptions concerning Anna’s religious identity, her relationship with James, and the manner in which she has been afforded little cultural and political agency.
I have 10 years experience as a Professional Teaching Fellow and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Auckland, the University of Sydney, and the University of Waikato. During that time I have taught Renaissance, Baroque and Nineteenth-century Art History, Contemporary Fine Arts, and Art Historical themes relevant to Medical Studies. My research interests include court studies, beauty practices, female agency and patronage, material and visual culture - particularly of Tudor and Stuart England.