I am a post-doctoral teaching fellow in the Department of Disability and Education. Since joining the department in 2014, I have enjoyed merging my feminist and cultural disability studies research interests with my teaching practice. I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy and was awarded a PGCert in January 2017.
I hold a Health Research PhD from Lancaster University, awarded November 2017. My doctoral research focused on the representation of disabled women in advertising and the ways in which cultural stereotypes surrounding disability and gender may impact on individual subjective wellbeing. I also hold a BA (first class Hons) and MA (Distinction) in Disability Studies. In 2015, I received the Centre for Culture and Disability Studies (CCDS) prize for research excellence.
My main research interests are as follows: cultural representations of disabled women, the portrayal of disability in advertising and subjective wellbeing (particularly disabled people's accounts of subjective wellbeing). Presently, I am working on two book chapters relating to disability and gender representation in advertising, for Routledge and Lexington Press. I am also completing a journal article on the link between disabled women and 'risk' in UK and US advertising.