I joined Bournemouth University in Autumn 2016 as a full-time Lecturer in Communications & English. I was previously a part-time lecturer in film and screen studies at the University of Brighton, an associate tutor in English and film at the University of Sussex, and an invited lecturer at the Scottish Universities' International Summer School based at the University of Edinburgh. I am a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and a member of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies (BACLS).

Having completed my BA in English and Linguistics at the University of York, I stayed on at York to complete my MA in Modern Literature and Culture. The MA was interdisciplinary in nature, bringing in elements of literature, film studies, history and art history. My MA dissertation was concerned with the evocations of twentieth-century America in historical fiction, examining both John Dos Passos' Manhattan Transfer and Don DeLillo's Underworld. After my MA, I moved down to Brighton to begin my doctoral research at the University of Sussex. I completed my doctorate in 2009, and my thesis, 'Kazuo Ishiguro and the Work of Memory', examined the representation of memory within the context of Kazuo Ishiguro's fiction, utilising memory studies, philosophy, twentieth and twenty-first century literature, and film studies in my research. The framework for research in my thesis made reference to Paul Ricoeur's work on memory and forgetting and Freud's work on mourning and memory, as well as films by Ozu, Bergman and Resnais.

My monograph Kazuo Ishiguro and Memory was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2014. My peer-reviewed journal articles include work on contemporary literature, memory studies, film adaptation, medical humanities, science fiction, and world cinema published in Critique (Routledge), Medical Humanities (BMJ), C21 Literature (OLH) and Science Fiction Film and Television (Liverpool University Press).


Selected Conference Papers

Artificial Lives: Imagining Life Conference 1 Dec 2017 University of Sussex “Hello. I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion”: Challenging perceptions of robots in care work in Robot & Frank, Big Hero 6 and Humans.

Science Fiction and the Medical Humanities Conference 4 Jul 2016 University of Glasgow ‘Synthetic carers, memory and storytelling in Never Let Me Go’.

Disguise: 3rd Marginalised Mainstream Conference 28-29 Nov 2014 Institute of English Studies, University of London ‘Science Fiction Worlds within Forbidden Landscapes: Exploring Themes of Resistance, Memory and Storytelling through Genre’.

Guest Lectures and Seminars

Memory themed panel 18 Jan 2017, Narrative Research Group Seminar Series, Bournemouth University

Collective Memory in Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. 16 Aug 2016, Scottish Universities' International Summer School, University of Edinburgh

Kazuo Ishiguro and Memory: Recognition, Testimony and Nostalgia (launching my monograph on Ishiguro): 3 Dec 2014 at the Centre for Modernist Studies, University of Sussex; 9 Dec 2014 at the Centre for Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, University of London; 14 Jan 2014 at the English Research Seminar, Plymouth University; 21 Jan 2014 at the School of English and Journalism Research Seminar, University of Lincoln.


Outreach & engagement