I am an AHRC-funded PhD student at the University of Bristol researching anxiety in contemporary American literature from 1990-present, under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Blades and Professor Ulrika Maude at Bristol, and Professor Laura Salisbury at Exeter. I am a member of the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP). I joined the English Department at Bristol in September 2016.
I received my BA in English and Related Literature and MA in Modern and Contemporary Literature from the University of York, where I studied between 2011 and 2015.
My current research focuses on the work of Siri Hustvedt, Paul Auster, Junot Díaz and David Foster Wallace in order to think through the forms and iterations of literary anxiety. I am especially interested in the intersection between fiction and non-fiction in anxiety narratives, anxiety in short stories, and the relationships between anxiety and gender, technology, and temporality, respectively. More broadly, I am interested in phenomenology in literary contexts, as well as theories of physical and psychological pain and their expression in literature.
Since commencing study at Bristol, I have taught on the Undergraduate Literature 1900-Present and Approaches to Poetry modules, and the BA English Literature and Community Engagement (ELCE) Critical Thought and Theory module. I am also the English strand editor for Question, the SWW DTP's peer-reviewed journal for the humanities.