I joined Southampton in 2008 and teach for both the Film and English disciplines. I hold a BA in English from the University of Southern California, and two postgraduate degrees from Chapman University in California: an MA in English and Comparative Literature, and an MFA in Creative Writing. My PhD is from The School of Film and Television Studies at the University of East Anglia, where I taught in the departments of Film and Television Studies, Literature and Creative Writing, and American Studies. I have published widely on film adaptation, women filmmakers, gender and contemporary Hollywood, and celebrity culture.
I am the PI for the AHRC funded project Calling the Shots: Women and Film Culture in the UK, 2000-2015 (dates: Sept 2014 – September 2018).
My monograph, Adaptation, Authorship and Contemporary Women Filmmakers (Palgrave-Macmillan, November 2014) considers film adaptations directed by women that foreground the figure of the female author, through analysis of the films themselves, their reception, and discussion of the cultural and industrial contexts in which these films were released.