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I am a teacher in History and Liberal Arts, having successfully defended my AHRC funded PhD in September 2021. In December 2021, I will start as a Research Associate on Dr Andy Flack's project, 'Dark-dwellers as more-than-human misfits', researching perceptions of the sensory adaptations of dark-adapted and nocturnal creatures.

My doctoral research explored the flow of animal bodies that supplied the British taxidermy trade in the long nineteenth century, and focused on the materialities and temporalities of specimen creation. My future research will interrograte experimental animal skin, and animal testing, and asks questions about what it meant to be human - and animal - in the nineteeth and early twentieth century, in an anglo-american context. I use approaches from environmental history and animal history, and the environmental humanities, to investigate environmental agency, embodiment and sensory experiences of the natural world. 

My PhD was supported by the South West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (AHRC), and co-supervised by Professor Peter Coates at the University of Bristol and Professor Bryony Onciul at the University of Exeter. 

I teach on Picturing the Twentieth Century (History) and Ideas and Society (Liberal Arts), and have taught on Modern World and Wild Things (History). I am the current administrator for the Centre for Environmental Humanities (CEH), and have held roles including PGR Officer for the CEH and Co-convenor of the Literary and Visual Landscape seminar series.


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