I completed my doctorate at the University of Exeter in 2011 and hold an MA from the same institution. I have taught for the OU since 2009 and have also taught at the universities of Exeter and Plymouth, specialising in Victorian Literature. A revised version of my doctoral thesis was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2015 under the title The New Journalism, the New Imperialism and the Fiction of Empire, 1870-1900.
My major research focus is on popular culture and imperialism in the long nineteenth century. My monograph, The New Journalism, the New Imperialism and the Fiction of Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), explored the ways in which fiction and journalism combined to produce a distinctive discourse of empire in the final quarter of the nineteenth century, paying particular attention to the role of the special correspondent in that process.
My current research project, "Minds on the Edge: Mental Health and Masculinity at the Frontiers of Empire", explores the ways in which ideas about masculinity and mental health intersect with imperial ideology. The project aims to contextualise the numerous instances in fiction of imperial agents experiencing stress, breakdown or madness.
I have published on writers and journalists including Henry Rider Haggard, Joseph Conrad, G.A. Henty, Rudyard Kipling, George Warrington Steevens, W.T. Stead, Archibald Forbes and Winston Churchill. Other research interests include the journalism of the First World War and the discipline of Literary Journalism.
My major teaching interests are in nineteenth-century literature and popular culture, the history and culture of empires, critical theory and war writing. At the OU I currently teach AA100 (The Arts Past and Present), A326 (Empire, 1492-1975) and EA300 (Children's Literature).
In addition, I have taught A207 (Enlightenment to Romanticism) at the OU and have taught and/or led modules on topics including eighteenth-century literature, Gothic fiction, Romanticism, Victorian literature & culture, Modernism, war writing and critical theory.