I came to Manchester in September of 2009 after a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University in Montreal. I have previously taught at the University of British Columbia, from which I received my Master's degree, and the University of Chicago, from which I received my PhD. I also have a certification in counselling skills from the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
My research focuses on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture, with a particular interest in the health humanities. My most recent book-- Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination-- examines the representation of venereal disease in British literature and graphic art produced between 1660 and 1800. You can find out more by visiting the Yale University Press website:
In the English department, I teach Restoration and eighteenth-century literature. I lecture on level 1 and level 2 undergraduate modules, and I direct a level 3 seminar on representations of sex, disease, and the body in eighteenth-century art and literature. In the Manchester Medical School, I teach PEPs (special units) on literature and medicine (specific topics vary year on year). At the postgraduate level, I contribute to the MSc in Medical Humanities, run by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, and I teach on the MA course 'Before "Sexuality": Bodies, Desires, Discourses' in the English department.