After receiving my PhD from King’s College London in 2013, I lectured for a brief spell at the University of Leeds, before being appointed as Lecturer in Early Medieval English Literature at the University of Manchester in September 2014. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2022.
I am the author of Nonhuman Voices in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Material Culture (Manchester University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of Medieval Science Fiction (KCLMS, 2016). I have published peer-reviewed articles in Exemplaria, the Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies and New Medieval Literatures, and have published chapters in various edited collections.
My second monograph, The Animality of Work and Craft in Early Medieval English Literature, looks at representations of laborious work and more creative crafts in Old English and Anglo-Latin texts and asks whether the ability to craft creatively defines the human condition for the earliest English writers. Does animal work ever shade into animal craft in early medieval literature? How is humanity gained or lost through craftwork? The monograph builds upon an open-access article on the same topic that I recently published in Leeds Medieval Studies.
I am one of the General Editors of the Manchester Medieval Literature and Culture book series: https://manchesteruniversitypress.co.uk/series/manchester-medieval-literature-and-culture/
At Manchester, I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on topics such as Beowulf, Old English literature, Middle English literature, modern medievalism, translation and critical theory. Since March 2018, I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
I welcome proposals from research students interested in working on any aspect of Old English or medieval literary culture, including (but not limited to) the following topics: the links between early medieval literature and material culture; the relationships between humans and nonhumans in early medieval literature; modern medievalism (especially in science fiction and fantasy); theoretical approaches to medieval literatures (especially new materialism and ecocriticism).
In June 2017, I co-organised (with Prof David Matthews) the biennial MAMO: Middle Ages in the Modern World international conference. From 2016-19, I served on the committee for TOEBI (Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland) and I organised and hosted the annual TOEBI conference at Manchester in November 2019. In 2023, I will be co-organising (with Dr Charles Insley) and hosting the biennial ISSEME: International Society for the Study of Early Medieval England conference.