I joined Edinburgh Napier in 2007 after completing a PhD at the University of London (Birkbeck). I am Associate Professor/Reader in English. I am also a member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Young Academy of Scotland and a Fellow of RSA.
Between July and October 2017 I hold a Visiting Researcher Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh to conduct research into Stobsiade, a German-language magazine produced by German prisoners of war at Stobs camp near Hawick in the Scottish Borders, during WWI.
My recent work has focused on representations of imprisonment from a historical and contemporary perspective. I am the author of Convict Voices: Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England (University of New Hampshire Press, 2014), and coauthor of How to Read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (Pluto, 2011). Most recent publications include a special issue of Television & New Media on “Screening Women’s Imprisonment: Agency and Exploitation in Orange Is the New Black” (2016) and the chapter “Frederick William Robinson, Charles Dickens, and the Literary Tradition of ‘Low Life’” in Nineteenth-Century Radical Traditions, ed. Joseph Bristow and Josephine McDonagh (2016). I am in the process of embarking on a new research project on German-British relations, c. 1870-1914, including representations of the Franco-Prussian War.
I have an interest in prison-university partnerships and set up a placement scheme for undergraduate students at HMP Edinburgh's learning centre, in collaboration with the Scottish Prison Service and Fife College. This initiative won the Herald Higher Education Partnership Award 2016.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I teach modules in nineteenth-century literature and culture, literary and cultural theory, and a special honours-level option on "Crime in Text & Film." I welcome applications from prospective PhD students in all of the areas mentioned above.