My interests centre upon British and Irish literature and culture of the past 150 years. I have recently completed a monograph entitled ‘The Circus and Ireland: from Joyce to Heaney’, which was developed from my doctoral thesis. Now, I am laying the foundations for my postdoctoral research project: a study of the rhetorical and performative effects of literary and cultural allusion in British political discourse since 1975.
At Trinity, I support teaching of the first-year undergraduate paper in twentieth-century and contemporary literature. Elsewhere in Oxford, I teach this paper and the introductory paper in literary theory at St Catherine’s College.
After taking my undergraduate degree at King’s College London, I was awarded a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship to pursue a taught Master’s at New York University in 2010. I began doctoral research at the University of Cambridge in 2012, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. I completed my PhD in 2015 and since then have held four lectureships at Oxford. I am currently research assistant on the Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities Knowledge Exchange project ‘Unsilencing the Library’. I am also heavily involved in the modern languages access and outreach organisation the Oliver Prior Society and co-direct the production company Sidelong Glance.