My first book, British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832-1877 (Oxford University Press, 2016), is about the literary culture of nineteenth-century emigration from Britain, with a particular emphasis upon popular periodicals. My current project brings together developing interests in secret gardens and the life and work of Charles Darwin. It aims to combine academic approaches to research with more creative ways of writing about history and culture. It also extends my interest in concepts of place and mobility.

Before joining the department in April 2017, I worked as a Lecturer in English for the University of Chester, based at University Centre Shrewsbury. I have also taught for the University of Exeter, Plymouth University, and as an Associate Lecturer for the Open University. My teaching has spanned a wide range of topics and periods, including nineteenth-century, twentieth-century, and American literature, introductory literature, interdisciplinary humanities, and critical theory courses, and creative writing.

I completed my PhD on the literature of nineteenth-century settler emigration at the University of Exeter. I also hold a BA in English from Leeds University, an MA in English Literature (1850-Present) from King’s College London, and an MA in Creative Writing (Prose) from the University of East Anglia.



British Settler Emigration in Print, 1832-1877 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016).

“The Path Out of Haworth: Mobility, Migration, and the Global in Charlotte Bronte’s Shirley and the Writings of Mary Taylor.’ Charlotte Bronte: Legacies and Afterlives. Eds. Amber R. Regis and Deborah Wynne (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2017).

‘Exiles and Exes: Women’s Emigration Poetry and Fiction in the Victorian Periodical Press.’ International Migrations in the Victorian Era. Ed. Marie Ruiz (Leiden: Brill, 2017).

“‘Ever so Many Partings Welded Together’: Serial Settlement and Great Expectations.” Domestic Fiction in Colonial Australia and New Zealand. Ed. Tamara Wagner. London: Pickering and Chatto, August 2014. Gender and Genre Ser.

‘2012 VanArsdel Prize-Winning Essay: Dreaming Across Oceans: Emigration and Nation in the Mid-Victorian Christmas Issue.’ Victorian Periodicals Review 46, no.1 (Spring 2013): pp.37-60.

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