About Me

I am an early-career researcher currently looking for a new role. I examine the connections between literary and non-literary texts in the construction of taxonomies of genre across the nineteenth century, with a specific focus on popular crime and detective fiction. My research interests sit in between the evolution of literary genre, nineteenth-century literature and culture, Victorian journalism and print culture, and crime and detective fiction.

I received my PhD from Liverpool John Moores University in November 2018, defending a doctoral thesis which explored the role of the Victorian periodical press in the evolution of detective fiction between 1840 and 1900. It examined how the newly-liberated periodical press engaged with the wider concepts of crime, policing, detection and criminal justice, and the thesis commented on how these criticisms were reflected in contemporaneously published fiction, which often appeared in the same periodicals. I also hold a master’s by research (MRes) degree from LJMU, which I received in 2015 and which looked at the role of gender in Victorian crime fiction – specifically the use of female characters inside the highly formulaic and specific character-spaces in crime fiction.

I am currently a sessional lecturer at Liverpool John Moores University, where I teach undergraduates on a variety of modules on English Literature degree programmes. I hold a Postgraduate Certificate in Leaning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCertLTHE, 2017), and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (also known as AdvanceHE) (FHEA).

My first academic monograph, which is a conversion of my PhD thesis, is under contract to be published with Routledge in 2020, and is titled The Nineteenth Century Periodical Press and the Development of Detective Fiction. I’m also currently co-editing a collection of essays on the subject of the ‘sidekick’ in crime fiction with Dr. Lucy Andrew of University Centre Shrewsbury, under contract for publication with Palgrave in 2020. I have also previously written for a variety of respected scholarly journals, such as the Journal of Popular Culture, the Wilkie Collins Journal and Law, Crime and History, as well as for the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS) and the Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (RSVP).

Use the links at the top of the page to explore what I’m up to right now, will be up to in the near future or have been up to in the past. Alternatively, use the dedicated ‘contact’ page to get in touch with any questions or comments you may have. I’d be happy to hear from you.



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