PROFILE

I am an early career researcher investigating the connections between technology, gender, politics, and aesthetics in the city in late-Victorian, Edwardian, and Modernist literature. My doctoral research on literary responses to the electrification of London at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries was funded by a Doctoral Fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada. I completed my D.Phil. in English Literature at St Anne's College at the University of Oxford in December 2015.

In 2015-2016, I was a lecturer at Queen's University, Canada. I taught ENGL 360 (Modernist Poetry and Prose – an upper-year undergraduate lecture course), ENGL 486 (T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf – an upper-year undergraduate seminar) and ENGL 861 (After 1910: The New Novel in Britain – a seminar for M.A.s and first-year PhDs). In 2015, I became an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  Since 2012, I have taught courses in Victorian (1832-1910) and Modern (1910 to present day) literature for both Final Honour Schools students and visiting students at St Anne's College, Oxford.

In 2014, I was Editor-in-Chief of the Oxonian Review –an online bi-weekly publication that features essays and reviews of recently published work in literature, politics, history, science and the arts – with which I have been involved since 2012.

EDUCATION

  • 2015
  • D. Phil. in English Literature. St Anne's College, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.

  • 2011
  • M.A. in English Literature. Queen's University, Kingston, ON.

  • 2010
  • B.A. (Hons.) in English Literature. Queen's University, Kingston, ON.

  • 2008
  • M.A. in Classics. Queen's University, Kingston, ON.

  • 2006
  • B.A. (Hons.) in Classical Studies. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.

  • 2002
  • High School Diploma & Bilingual Certificate. École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School, Red Deer, AB.

EMPLOYMENT

  • 2015-2016
  • Lecturer in Modernist Literature, Department of English. Queen's University (Kingston, ON).

  • 2014-2015
  • Graduate Tutor, Merton College. University of Oxford (Oxford, UK).

  • 2012-2012
  • Graduate Tutor, St Anne's College. University of Oxford (Oxford, UK).

  • 2010-2011
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of English. Queen's University (Kingston, ON).

  • 2010
  • Curatorial Assistant, Museum of Healthcare at Kingston (Kingston, ON).

  • 2008-2009
  • Graduate Research Assistant for Prof. Jane Tolmie, Department of Gender Studies.
    Queen's University (Kingston, ON).

  • 2006-2010
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Classics. Queen's University (Kingston, ON).

RESEARCH& TEACHING INTERESTS

Primary Interests: Literature and science, literature and technology, genre fiction, 19th and 20th century visual and material culture, London and the city, and Anglo-American literary modernism; life writing; and popular and genre fiction.

Authors of Interest: Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Dorothy Richardson, Elizabeth Bowen, Katharine Mansfield, George Orwell, E. M. Forster, Arnold Bennett, Ford Madox Ford, Mina Loy, h.d., Ezra Pound, Aldous Huxley, Henry Green, Jean Rhys, Graham Greene, George Orwell, H. G. Wells, Richard Marsh, Joseph Conrad, and G. K. Chesterton. 

Secondary Interests: literary theory; history of the book;women's writing; Victorian literature; Edwardian literature; 20th century literature;and  film adaptations; neo-Victorian literature.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Queen's University
    • Lecturer
    • • ENGL 360: Modernist Poetry and Prose (Fall & Winter 2015/2016)
    • • ENGL 486-001: T. S. Eliot and Virginia Woolf (F 2015)
    • • ENGL 861: After 1910: The New Novel in Britain (W 2016)
    • Graduate Teaching Assistant
    • • ENGL 250: Romantic Poetry and Prose (Graduate Teaching Assistant: F&W 2010/2011)
    • • CLST 201: Roman History (Graduate Teaching Assistant: W 2010)
    • • CLST 203: Myth & Religion (Graduate Teaching Assistant: F 2009, F 2006)
    • • CLST 101: Introduction to Classical Civilisation (Graduate Teaching Assistant: F&W 2008/2009)
    • • CLST 205: Ancient Humour (Graduate Teaching Assistant: W 2008, W 2007)
    • • CLST 200: Greek History (Graduate Teaching Assistant: W 2008)
  • Merton College, Oxford
    • Graduate Tutor
    • • Paper 8: Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision (Hilary Term 2015)
    • • English Schools Admissions Committee (Michaelmas Term 2013)
  • St Anne's College, Oxford
    • Graduate Tutor
    • • Victorian Literature, 1830-1910 (Michaelmas Term 2014 & Michaelmas Term 2013)
    • • Virginia Woolf (Hilary Term 2014)
    • • Creative Writing (Michaelmas Term 2013, Hilary & Trinity Term 2014)
    • • Revision Tutorials for Prelims (Graduate Tutor: Trinity Term 2013)
    • • Paper 4: British Literature, 1910 to Present (Graduate Tutor: Hilary Term 2013)
    • • Paper 3: British Literature, 1830-1910 (Graduate Tutor: Michaelmas Term 2012 and Hilary Term 2013)

PEDAGOGICAL TRAINING

  • 2015
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • 2013
  • Developing Learning and Teaching. Humanities Division. University of Oxford

  • 2012
  • Preparation for Learning and Teaching at Oxford. Faculty of English Language and Literature. University of Oxford.

  • 2006-2008, 2010
  • Teaching Development Workshops. The Centre for Teaching and Learning. Queen's University.

AWARDS, FELLOWSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS

    2011-2015
  • Doctoral Fellowship. Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
  • • $20,000 CAD annually for 4 years.
    2011-2014
  • Conference and Travel Award. St Anne's College, Oxford.
  • • £300 annually for 3 years.
    2012-2013
  • Graduate Teaching Bursary. St Anne's College, Oxford.
  • • £1,000.
    2011-2012
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship. Declined.
  • • $10,000.
    2010-2011
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
  • • $10,000.
    2010-2011
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantsip. Department of English. Queen's University.
  • • $8,000.
    2011
  • Graduate Conference Award. Department of English. Queen's University.
  • • $500.
    2010
  • Zhang Prize for 19th Century British Literature.Department of English. Queen's University.
  • • $200.
    2009, 2010
  • Fulton Essay Prize (for best essay on poetry). Department of English. Queen's University.
  • • Shortlisted.
    2009, 2010
  • Dean’s List. Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Queen’s University.
    2006-2008
    Graduate Scholarship. Department of Classics. Queen's University.
  • • $8,000 annually for two years.
    2006-2008
  • Graduate Conference Award. Department of Classics. Queen's University.
  • • $500 annually for 2 years.
    2004, 2005, 2006
  • Dean's List. Faculty of Arts. University of British Columbia.
    2003-2006
  • Millennium Scholarship for Academic Excellence. Government of Canada.
  • • $4,000 annually for 3 years.
    2002
  • Alexander Rutherford Scholarship. Government of Alberta.
  • • $1,500.
    2002
  • English Teacher's Award. École Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School.
  • • $100.

PANELS ORGANISED

  • • “Art as Optical Device: Technologies of Vision in Modernist Aesthetic.” British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference. University of Liverpool. April 2015.

  • • “Seeing Things: Aspects of Perception in Science and Literature.” British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference. University of Surrey. April 2014.

  • • “Victorian Science and the Supernatural.” British Society for Literature and Science Annual Conference. Cardiff University. April 2013.

INVITED PAPERS

  • • “Chaos and Order: Illuminating Spy Fiction.” Graduate Research Forum. Department of English, Queen’s University. January 2016.

  • • “Casting a Glow: London’s Lightscape in Interwar Fiction.” LitSciOx Seminar. Faculty of English, University of Oxford. February 2015.

  • • “Sophrosyne and Artificial Light in British Blitz Fiction.” 20th and 21st Century Graduate Works- in-Progress Seminar. Faculty of English Literature and Language, University of Oxford. February 2014.
  • • “Gas-lamp Anarchy in Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent and G. K. Chesterton’s The Man Who Was Thursday.” Subject Family Evening. St Anne’s College, Oxford. October 2013.

  • • “Electric Lights, Sensation Fiction, and the Spectacle of Science in Richard Marsh’s The Beetle.” “Machines and Imagination” seminar series, Centre SPHERE, CNRS. Université de Paris, Denis Diderot. Paris. December 2012.

  • • “Electric Lights and the Spectacle of Science.” Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine seminar series. Manchester. October 2012.

SELECT CONFERENCE PAPERS

  • • "Electric Lights as Metonymic Objects of Modernity". Objects of Modernity. University of Birmingham. June 2014.

  • • "Sophrosyne and Artificial Illumination in Surveillance Fiction of the Early Twentieth Century." British Society for Literature and Science. University of Surrey. April 2014.

  • • "Future Lights: Artificial Illumination in the Dystopian London of H.G. Wells, Aldous Huxley, and George Orwell." Literary London Society annual conference, The Institute of English Studies. July 2013.

  • • "An Imaginative Silence: Aposiopesis in Conrad’s Heart of Darkness and Ford’s The Good Soldier". The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture after 1900. University of Louisville, Kentucky. February 2011.

  • • "A Vision of Madness: Identity and Narrative Modes in Catullus 63". The Struggle for Identity: History, Development, and Problems in Cases and Manifestations of Identity. University of British Columbia. May 2007.

  • • "The Excessive Hatred of Venus in Catullus 63". Anger in the Ancient World. University of Western Ontario (now Western University). March 2007.

DEPARTMENTAL TALKS

  • • "Close Reading 'Dover Beach'". Open Day Masterclass. St Anne's College, Oxford March 2014.

  • • "Thinking about Artificial Light in the Blitz Fiction of Elizabeth Bowen and Graham Greene". Faculty of English 20th and 21st Century Research in Progress Seminar Series, University of Oxford. February 2014.

  • • "Close Reading 'Dover Beach'". Open Day Masterclass. St Anne's College, Oxford. March 2013.

  • • "Twitter, Podcasting, Blogging: Digital Presence in Academia." Faculty of English Graduate Lunchtime Talks. University of Oxford. February 2013.

  • • "Public and Private Light in Some Early Novels of Virginia Woolf". Faculty of English Literature, 20th and 21st Century Research in Progress Seminar Series, University of Oxford. February 2012.

  • • "Reading the Fragmented Text: the Excessive Anger of Venus in Catullus 63, an Examination of Depictions of the Poet-in-Love." Faculty of Classics Graduate Works in Progress seminar at the University of Oxford. November 2011.

PUBLICATIONS

See Publications page.

SERVICE TO THE UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE

  • 2014
  • Interim Welfare Officer, Middle Common Room (MCR) Committee. St Anne's College, Oxford.

  • 2012-2015
  • Co-convenor, Arts and Humanities Discussion Group. St Anne's College, Oxford.
  • Graduate Peer Supporter, (MCR). St Anne's College, Oxford.

  • 2012–2013
  • President, MCR. St Anne's College, Oxford.

  • 2011–2012
  • Oxford University Student Union Representative, MCR. St Anne's College, Oxford.
  • Academic Affairs Officer, MCR. St Anne's College, Oxford.

  • 2006–2008
  • Society of Graduate and Professional Students Representative for the Department of Classics. Queen's University.

SERVICE TO THE DEPARTMENT & FACULTY

  • 2015
  • Contender, "Battle of the Books" (Homecoming Event). Department of English, Queen's University.
  • Panelist, "Ask and Alumni" (Homecoming Event). Department of English, Queen's University.

  • 2015-2016
  • Webmaster, Sir Robert Taylor Society. Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, University of Oxford.

  • 2012-2015
  • English Graduate Mentor, Faculty of English, University of Oxford.

  • 2010–2011
  • M.A. Representative, Graduate Studies Committee. Department of English, Queen's University.

  • 2003–2004
  • President, Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies Students' Association (CNERS SA). University of British Columbia.

  • 2003–2004
  • Secretary & Vice-President, CNERS SA. University of British Columbia.

EXTRACURRICULAR SERVICE

  • January to April 2015
  • Executive Editor, Oxonian Review.

  • September to December 2014
  • Editor in Chief. Oxonian Review.

  • April to September 2014
  • Managing Editor. Oxonian Review.

  • January to April 2014
  • ORbits Editor. Oxonian Review.

  • 2013–2014, 2015 to present
  • Senior Editor. Oxonian Review.

  • 2009–2010
  • Editorial Board Member. Queen's Feminist Review.

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

  • Classical Association of Canada (2006-2008)
  • British Society for Literature and Science (since 2011)
  • British Association for Modernist Studies (since 2012)
  • Literary London Society (since 2013)
  • International Commission for Science and Literature (since 2013)
  • Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow (since 2015)

LANGUAGES

  • English (native speaker)
  • French (fluent)
  • Italian (conversational)
  • Latin (advanced)
  • Ancient Greek (intermediate)