I was appointed to my current role after working as a Specialist Associate Lecturer in Comparative Literature from 2007, and as Director of Part-Time Studies from 2008-15. My awards include a successful CHASE funding bid to create a research network and postgraduate training workshops under the umbrella term, Mapping Narratives (2015-6), and a Faculty of Humanities teaching prize in 2008. In 2013 and 2016, I was shortlisted for Kent Union Awards as Best Supervisor and Best Academic Adviser, and in 2018, I won a Certificate for Outstanding Student Support. My teaching/research interests include the short story, science fiction, modernism, small-press poetry, and the long 19th century.
I am the current editor of Foundation: The International Review of Science Fiction, the general editor of SF Storyworlds (Gylphi Press), and an editorial advisor to Short Fiction in Theory and Practice and Journal of the Short Story in English. In 2017 and 2018, I was a judge for the Arthur C. Clarke Award. My other affiliations include the European Network for Short Fiction Research , Women's Tales (a research project into contemporary women’s short fiction based at the University of Santiago de Compostela), the May Sinclair Society, the MLA and, as a Fellow, the HE Academy. I co-organised the Charles Olson 2010 conference at Kent and 2017: A Clarke Odyssey at Canterbury Christ Church University. I am an external examiner at both Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of Reading.
My most recent book publications are Modernism and Science Fiction (Palgrave, 2015), The Postcolonial Short Story, co-edited with Maggie Awadalla (Palgrave, 2013),and Legacies of Romanticism, co-edited with Carmen Casaliggi (Routledge, 2012). Previous publications include The Short Story: An Introduction (Edinburgh University Press, 2009). I have co-supervised a PhD on imaginary architecture in Mervyn Peake to successful completion, and I am currently co-supervising two further PhDs on mesmerism from Ada Lovelace to Arthur Conan Doyle, and dystopia and the body in 20th and 21st century literature.