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.

At various times I have taught English Literature (and its theoretical, historical and cultural contexts) at UCL, Goldsmiths, Central St Martins, Birkbeck , Camberwell College of Arts, and the Open University. I worked as a postdoctoral research assistant on the Dictionary of Nineteenth Century Journalism, published by the British Library and Academia Press in 2009. I then took up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the English Department at Queen Mary in 2010. Around that time I was appointed as associate editor of Critical Quarterly, and in 2015 I became deputy editor of that journal.

I arrived at UEA in 2012, first as a Leverhulme Fellow and then as a lecturer and more recently senoir lecturer. I teach very broadly across twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, often helping students to explore the relationship between literature and history. 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).

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