My primary area of research is American and transatlantic modernism. I have ongoing interests in psychoanalysis, feminism, and queer theory. My doctoral thesis was concerned with the work of the American novelist, poet, dramatist, journalist and visual artist Djuna Barnes. My first book, Djuna Barnes and Affective Modernism (Edinburgh UP, 2012) examined the relationships between affect, subjectivity, and intertextuality in Barnes’s work. I am currently completing an edited collection on Modernism and Affect for Edinburgh UP, my contribution to which is an examination of race and affect in Jean Toomer’s Cane.
I joined Northumbria in 2012 from a lectureship at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, where I held the Randall MacIver Junior Research Fellowship 2010-2012. I completed my PhD in the Department of English and Related Literature at the University of York in 2010 after a Master’s degree at York and a BA in English at Somerville College, Oxford.