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.
My research focuses on Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture, with a particular interest in the medical humanities. My most recent book-- Itch, Clap, Pox: Venereal Disease in the Eighteenth-Century Imagination-- focuses on the representation of venereal disease in British literature and graphic art produced between 1660 and 1800. It will appear in 2018 from Yale University Press.
Here at Manchester, I teach Restoration and eighteenth-century British literature. I lecture on level 1 and level 2 undergraduate modules, and I direct a level 3 and an MA specialist seminar on representations of disease and illness 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, but my most recent offerings have been focused on the representation of autism in contemporary fiction and on the representation of schizophrenia in popular culture). At the postgraduate level, I contribute to the MSc in Medical Humanities, run by the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine. I am currently Programme Director and Head of English.