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Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature, University of Sheffield

I joined the School of English in September 2012 as Lecturer in Modern Literature. Before that I studied and taught at the University of York. I was appointed Senior Lecturer in 2018. I am currently working on an AHRC-funded project on the death penalty, literature and psychoanalysis from 1900-1950, which is running from 2018-2020.

My primary research interests are in modernism, literature and science, law and literature, and Irish Studies. My articles have appeared in journals such as Irish Studies Review, Joyce Studies Annual, Journal of Modern Literature and Society and Animals. I also maintain a secondary interest in contemporary poetry and poetics and have published on poets including John Berryman and Paul Muldoon.

I have been involved with supervising PhD theses on topics including: Margaret Drabble and Iraqi Fiction; Wilfrid Owen and Romanticism; First World War life-writing; Holocaust Studies; and literature and science. I have examined PhDs on the First World War, on Beckett and ecocriticism.

Past public engagement projects have involved charities such as Sheffield Amnesty and Reprieve as well as the Showroom Cinema.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature, University of Sheffield


  • 2012 
    University of York, PhD