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 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 Inhumanity of Work and Craft in Old English Literature, will start by exploring the relationship between animal weorc (painful suffering and undergoing) and animal cræft (purposeful doing and making) in early medieval literary sources. It will then examine hybrid beings whose skills in craftwork trouble concepts of human creativity as well as pagan, monstrous and devilish characters whose misuse of craft causes them to lose or gain their humanity.
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.