My role is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Culture. Before joining Edinburgh Napier in 2017 I was Lecturer in English Literature at Nottingham Trent University and HP Lecturer in English at Newcastle University, where I completed my Ph.D. in 2012.
My research focuses on the literary and cultural response to terrorism and disaster. It is driven by a belief that through analysis of the ways texts represent, undercut and/or reinforce the official narratives of terror and crisis it is possible to move beyond often limited and reductive understandings of these phenomena. My research seeks to operate within the "world narrative," and by engaging with literature and culture, probes the extents to which we can understand instances of terror and crisis as "symptoms" of neoliberalism and global inequality. Additionally, I am increasingly interested in the way literature represents the intersection of traumatic ruptures with ongoing "slow violence," and systemic violence.
My first monograph, The 9/11 Novel: Trauma, Politics and Identity was published in 2014 and my second monograph, Narratives of Hurricane Katrina in Context: Literature, Film and Television, was published in 2019 by Palgrave. I have am presently working on a new book, under contract with Edinburgh University Press, called Twenty-First Century Fictions of Terrorism. I have published scholarly articles in Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Modern Language Review, Comparative American Studies, European Journal of American Culture, Canadian Review of American Studies, Reconstruction and Punk and Post Punk and have a new article forthcoming in Parallax. Additionally, new essays of mine an be found in The Routledge Companion to 21st Century Literature (2018) , The City in American Literature, which will be published by Cambridge UP in 2020, and The Routledge Companion to Modern Literature and Music, which will be published in 2020.
I am a member of the British Association of American Studies, the British Association of Contemporary Literary Studies and am Vice Chair of Contemporary Studies Network.