My two main areas of research are modernism, in particular the work of Joseph Conrad, and colonial and postcolonial literatures. I am also General Editor of English: The Journal of the English Association.
My current monograph project, Imagined States: Law and Literature in Nigeria (forthcoming in the Edinburgh Critical Studies in Law, Literature and the Humanities series), examines the complex, transnational relationships between literature, jurisprudence, and legal practice in late colonial and early postcolonial Nigeria.
In Conrad studies I have published widely, most recently editing Conrad and Language with Professor Robert Hampson (EUP 2016; paperback 2017; awarded third prize for the Adam Gillon Book Award, 2018). My monograph, Joseph Conrad and The Swan Song of Romance, explores Conrad’s use of classical romance forms throughout his oeuvre (Ashgate 2010; ‘Honourable Mention’ for the Adam Gillon Book Award, 2012). I am co-editor of Conrad’s Plays for Cambridge University Press’s series, The Works of Joseph Conrad, with Professor Richard Hand (CUP forthcoming). This is an exciting project, which collects together for the first time all Conrad’s plays with The Book of Job, his only literary translation from Polish, and his film scenario, Gaspar The Strongman.
I am also involved in research on the First World War, co-editing the Edinburgh Companion to the First World War in the Arts with Dr Ann-Marie Einhaus, (EUP 2017).Ann-Marie Einhaus and I have also collaborated on a Heritage Lottery-funded project, ‘Reflections of Newcastle, 1914-1918’ (£55,200) with the Literary and Philosophical Society, Newcastle College and the November Club. The project examined the intellectual and cultural life of Newcastle during the First World War. As part of the project students from Northumbria University and Newcastle College undertook internships to research and develop three iBooks, launched on the centenary of the first day of the Battle of the Somme in 2016. I have also been involved with The Bowes Museum’s HLF-funded project, ‘To Serve King and Country’, developing a creative project with Northumbria University Creative Writing and Performing Arts students. Most recently, I ran an international workshop, ‘Creative Practice and Cultural Memory: Exploring First World War Heritage in the Middle East’ at the British Institute in Amman, Jordan (2018) bringing together artists, historians, writers and museum curators to discuss creative responses to the First World War in the Middle East and its inheritance today.
I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and of the AHRC’s GCRF Peer Review College. I act as an expert reviewer for a number of academic publishers and journals.
PhD, Literary Studies30 Jun 2003 - 31 Dec 2099
Senior Fellow (SFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)24 Jul 2017 -