My first degree was in English from the University of Sussex. I went on to do an MA in English with the OU which was awarded with distinction in 2014, followed by an AHRC CHASE-funded PhD which I received in June 2018. I have a background in policy planning at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and have also worked as a secondary English teacher.
I am interested in the intersections between Victorian literature, psychology and health. My PhD examined the cultural mythology around the nineteenth-century psychiatric idea of 'monomania'. I am currently working on connections between the nineteenth-century novel and climate, especially 'dirty air'.
Forthcoming: 'The Woman Question and Dinah Mulock Craik's 'The Double House' (1857)' in Fiction and 'The Woman Question' from 1850 to 1930 ed. by Nicola Darwood, Bob Owens and Alexis Weedon (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2020)
''A New and Fierce Disorder's Raging': Monomania in Mary Barton (1848)', Journal of Victorian Culture, published 17 Feb 2019 https://doi.org/10.1093/jvcult/vcy072
Review of Suzanne Keen's Thomas Hardy's Brains: Psychology, Neurology, and Hardy's Imagination, The British Society for Literature and Science, accessible here:https://www.bsls.ac.uk/reviews/romantic-and-victorian/suzanne-keen-thomas-hardys-brains-psychology-neurology-and-hardys-imagination/
I have also written regularly for the popular magazine, Emag, for teachers and students of A level English/English Literature. Currently in press and due Sept 2019: 'Fog, smog, ecocriticism and late-Victorian Gothic'. See also: 'Porphyria's Lover: a close analysis', Emag, 63:2014, 43-45 and 'Frankenstein: The Eloquence of the Creature Made Real', Emag, 52:2011, 60-63.