My university career began when I migrated from Ireland to Australia. After arriving in Adelaide, I completed a BA (Hons) and then a PhD (History) at Flinders University. My PhD thesis examined the emotions of Late Victorian and Edwardian British women through the lens of popular culture, particularly bestselling fiction. Following the completion of my doctorate, I worked as an historical consultant for a parliamentary inquiry into the sexual abuse of state children. After returning to university life, I was employed by Flinders University and The University of Adelaide. I was then awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at Deakin University. From there I joined the University of Wollongong as a lecturer in History (British and Settler Societies) in 2012.