I am Professor in literary and cultural studies and lead the Research Centre for Arts, Media and Culture (CAMC). I joined Edinburgh Napier in 2007 after completing a PhD at the University of London (Birkbeck).
My research concerns representations of crime and imprisonment from a historical and contemporary perspective, most recently with a focus on First World War internment camp newspapers. I am the author of Convict Voices: Women, Class, and Writing about Prison in Nineteenth-Century England (University of New Hampshire Press, 2014), and co-author of How to Read Foucault’s Discipline and Punish (Pluto, 2011), alongside a number of journal articles and book chapters.
I am currently working on a scholarly edition of A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four for the Edinburgh Edition of the Works of Arthur Conan Doyle (General Editor Douglas Kerr) and have co-edited The Palgrave Handbook of Digital and Public Humanities (2022).
Having set up an award-winning prison-university partnership with HMP Edinburgh, I co-convene the Scottish Universities-Prisons (UP) Network.
I have supervised several PhD projects and welcome applications from prospective PhD and MRes students in the areas of nineteenth-century literature and culture, gender studies, crime writing and critical prison studies.