My research focuses on contemporary British and American fiction. Before joining the department at Hope, I taught at Durham University, where I also completed my PhD. I have a BA from the University of Warwick and an MA from UCL.
I'm the course co-ordinator for the final year of the English Literature BA and I lead courses on contemporary literature and literary theory in the final year of the degree. On the MA in English Literature, I teach modules on Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Graphic Novel, and also teach the Core Literary Theory module.
My most recent monograph is called Contemporary Fictions of Attention (Bloomsbury, 2018), and is about twenty-first-century fiction's engagement with anxieties about managed attention and distraction. You can read some reviews of it in The TLS and The Review of English Studies. I'm interested in related topics such as wakefulness, vigilance and sleeplessness and I organised a Wellcome-funded one-night symposium, Not Sleeping, on these things at Hope in September 2017. My current research interests lie in cultural representations of alarms, alerts and alertness, and self-monitored states of attention.
My first book, Afterlife and Narrative in Contemporary Fiction (Palgrave, 2012), explored the ways in which fiction set in imaginary afterlives experiments with narrative techniques. I have continued to publish on death and afterlife-related topics, including a forthcoming chapter on afterlife literatures in The Routledge Companion to Death and Literature.
Some of my other recent work has looked at the representation of refugees and asylum seekers. In November 2018 I ran an event about migration and refugee rights at the Museum of Liverpool as part of the Being Human Festival of the Humanities. I have also been co-editing a collection of essays on David Foster Wallace's short fiction for the new Journal of David Foster Wallace Studies (forthcoming 2019).
I've examined PhDs at Trinity College Dublin, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Huddersfield. I am currently External Examiner for the BA in English Literature at the University of Sunderland.