I am a freelance arts and culture writer and a PhD student at the University of Leeds, UK. I enjoy reading, opera, and country walks with my partner, Jonathan, and our dog, Ruskin.
My thesis looks at the relationship between masculinity and ecology in contemporary US fiction, focusing particularly on representations of the Old West. My primary texts come from writers including Thomas Pynchon, Edward Abbey, and Percival Everett. Find out more about my current research HERE.
My broader methodological and research interests include Ecocriticism/Ecosophy, Masculinity Studies, the Western genre, US Literature, Contemporary Fiction, Music and Fiction, and Comics Studies.
I hold an MLitt in Modern and Contemporary Literature and Culture from the University of St Andrews, and a BA (Hons) in English from Staffordshire University. My previous roles have included work in advertising and marketing, and as an English teacher (TESOL) and university lecturer in China’s Hunan Province. I have been working as a freelance writer since 2014, most recently taking up a role as a regular contributor to the Ploughshares blog.
My academic writing has appeared or is forthcoming in a number of peer-reviewed journals and edited collections, and I am the recipient of the 2019 Irish Studies Association of Australia and New Zealand Postgraduate Essay Prize, the 2018 British Association for American Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize and the 2017 British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies Postgraduate Essay Prize.
For a complete account of my professional experience, please see my C.V. page.