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I joined Northumbria as a Lecturer in September 2022. Prior to this, I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the School of English at the University of Sheffield. From 2018-2020, I was a Doctoral Prize Fellow in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Loughborough University. I have taught at the Universities of Sheffield, Loughborough, and Bristol.

I completed my AHRC-funded PhD on insects in modernist literature at the University of Bristol in 2018. I have an MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Culture and Thought from the University of Sussex, and a BA in English Literature from the University of Cambridge.

My research specialises in modernist literature, animal studies, and the environment. My first book, The Modernist Exoskeleton: Insects, War, Literary Form (Edinburgh University Press, 2020) argued for the importance of insects to modernism’s formal innovations.  Focusing on the writing of Wyndham Lewis, D. H. Lawrence, H.D. and Samuel Beckett, it uncovered a shared fascination with the aesthetic possibilities of the insect body – its adaptive powers, distinct stages of growth and swarming formations. Reviews of the book are available here and here. My research was also the subject of a BBC Radio 4 documentary entitled 'Lady Chatterley's Bed Bugs,' which you can listen to here.

I am currently working on a book project entitled Marine Attachments, which examines aesthetic and affective responses to marine life in modern and contemporary poetry. You can read more about this research here and here.

At Northumbria, I teach the following modules:

  • Writing and Environment (third year, option)
  • Reading Poetry (first year, core)
  • Introduction to Literary Studies (first year, core)
  • Talking Texts (first year, core)
  • Dissertation (final year, core)

I am the Early Career Member of the British Society for Literature and Science.


Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

English Literature, PhD

1 Sep 20141 Sep 2018

Award Date: 20 Mar 2018


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