I have a first class degree, an award for excellence, and an AHRC-funded doctorate from the University of Staffordshire. I am a Fellow of the British Academy and have been working at Hope since 2009. I am Director of the Centre for Culture & Disability Studies in the Faculty of Education, where I also teach Disability Studies and Special Educational Needs. I am founding editor of the Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies (Liverpool University Press) and have places on the editorial boards of both Disability & Society and the Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness. I have organized and co-organised events at Hope, University of Lancaster, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the University of Staffordshire. I am founder of the International Network of Literary & Cultural Disability Scholars and was the first Honorary Research Fellow in the Centre for Disability Research at the University of Lancaster. I am co-editor of the book, The Madwoman and the Blindman: Jane Eyre, Discourse, Disability (Ohio State University Press, 2012) and co-guest editor of the special issue Theorising Culture and Disability: Interdisciplinary Dialogues (Review of Disability Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa). I have many international publications to my name, including journal articles, book chapters, special issues, and works of creative writing. Many of my articles have been included in The Disability Archive UK (University of Leeds) and a few have been translated into Spanish for publication in Entre dos mundos. My monograph The Metanarrative of Blindness, is part of the book series Corporealities: Discourses of Disability (University of Michigan Press).
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