I publish primarily in the field of contemporary women's fiction and theory and in theories of gender and sexuality in relation to literature, film and television. In 2010, I became a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Genders, and am a peer reviewer for the Journal of Gender Studies.
I took my first degree in English Language and Literature before going on to an MA in Modern and Contemporary Fiction, during which I became increasingly interested in literary theory. I then specialised further in contemporary women's fiction for my PhD, which I undertook by part-time study, graduating in 2003. Whilst working for my PhD, I taught part-time at the University of Sheffield, both in the English Literature Department and in the Division of Adult Continuing Education, and also at Barnsley College.
Subsequently, I held temporary contracts as a Teaching Fellow at Lancaster University's Department of English and Creative Writing for two years before taking up a Lectureship at Northumbria in 2005. I was moderator for the University's Higher Education Foundation Course in English Literature from 2007-11 and was Acting Programme Director of the University's American Study Abroad Programme in 2007. I was Programme Leader for BA English 2008-10 and for PhD students 2010-11. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. In 2014, I became a member of the Committee of NU Women at Newcastle University and I also work to progress gender equality with regard to H.E. staff at Northumbria.