Biography

I did my Honours BA in English Literature and European History at Dalhousie University in Canada from 1993-1997. After a few years of travelling and working I studied pedagogical philosophy at Mount Saint Vincent University from 2000-2002, specialising in radical feminist, critical anti-racist and social justice approaches to epistemology and research methodology. My thesis was about the politics of emotion in scholarly discourse, and argued for the need to engage non-traditional forms of representation for social justice in knowledge-making. I was awarded a Canadian Governor General's Gold Academic Medal and a Senate Medal of Distinction for my academic achievements and research potential.

After graduating I spent three years working as Director of Fundraising and Communications of the Nova Scotia branch of Leave Out ViolencE, a Canadian youth violence intervention and prevention programme. Throughout my MA and my not-for-profit career I volunteered with a range of community and grassroots organisations including teaching creative writing for at-risk youth, teaching English as a Second Language to refugees and landed immigrants, tutoring elementary and high-school English and composition for youth in care, running a feminist reading group for teens, and hosting local Council of Canadians meetings.

In 2005 I left Halifax to spend most of the year caring for my niece while living in the Loire Valley in France. That October I started my DPhil in English Literature at the University of Sussex under the supervision of Professor Peter Boxall.

During my PhD I taught literature and feminist theory at Sussex, research methods, journalism, communications and marketing at Middlesex University in London, and literature for English Education students at the University of Brighton. I published three chapters from my MA research in the Arts Informed Inquiry Series, edited by members of the Center for Arts-Informed Research (formerly with University of Toronto now hosted at MSVU), and began publishing short stories and poetry.  

In September 2009 I joined UEA’s School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing September as Lecturer in Literature on a teaching-intensive contract, and for the next year and a half was a Lecutrer by day and doctoral researcher by night. I was awarded my DPhil in 2011. In my teaching-intensive role I spent a number of years leading the English Literature degree, working as Employability Director for the School, and contributing to Faculty level initiatives such as a public intellectuals project, a project to redesign our HUM induction programmes, and co-designing a core module on the MA in Gender Studies. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2014 and, more recently, was able to move to a research-recognised contract as Lecturer. After substantial contributions to the School and Faculty in teaching and academic administration and service work, I am now focusing on furthering my research career. 

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