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, globalization and global inequality.
I am currently finishing my second monograph, Narratives of Katrina: Literature, Film and Television, which is under contract with Palgrave and will be published in 2018. My first monograph, The 9/11 Novel: Trauma, Politics and Identity was published in 2014 and I have written scholarly articles that have appeared in Modern Language Review, Comparative American Studies, European Journal of American Culture, Canadian Review of American Studies, Reconstruction and Punk and Post Punk. New essays of mine are forthcoming in The Routledge Companion to 21st Century Literature (2018) and The City in American Literature, which will be published by Cambridge UP in 2020.
I am a member of the British Association of American Studies and am Vice Chair of Contemporary Studies Network.