My role is Lecturer in Contemporary Literature and Culture and I am Programme Leader for our BA (Hons) English and Film. 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 crisis. It is driven by a belief that through analysis of the ways texts represent, resist 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 long-established structures of systemic, institutional and slow 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 am presently working on a new book, under contract with Edinburgh University Press, called Twenty-First Century Fictions of Terrorism which should appear in 2022 and co-editing a collection of essays on Jesmyn Ward (with Maria Torres-Quevedo and Sheri-Marie Harrison). 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. Two new articles are forthcoming in Journal of American Studies and Parallax and I am currently co-editing a cluster of essays for Post45 Contemporaries (with Samuel Thomas) which will appear in September, 2021. Other essays of mine appear in or are forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to Twenty-First Century Literary Fiction (2019), The City in American Literature and Culture (CUP 2021), and The Routledge Companion to Modern Literature and Music (2021). I also write book reviews which have appeared in the Times Literary Supplement and The Independent.
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.