I studied for my BA (2003) and MA (2004) in English Literature at University College London. I then moved to Birkbeck and the London Consortium, where I wrote my PhD about literary and cinematic representations of mass housing in London and Paris, graduating in 2008. This research became the basis of my first book, Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris, published by Palgrave in 2009. I held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Queen Mary, University of London from 2010-2012.

I arrived at UEA in 2012. I teach very broadly across twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, often helping students to explore the relationship between literature, history and politics. My recent books are A History of 1930s British Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2019) co-edited with Benjamin Kohlmann (University of Freiburg), and Red Britain: Writing the Russian Revolution in Mid-Century Culture (Oxford University Press, 2019).

I have worked on the journal Critical Quarterly since 2010, and I have been deputy editor since 2015. I was elected to serve on the AHRC Peer Review College for the period 2020-23. 

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