I joined the English & Creative Writing Department at the University of Roehampton in August 2014, as the Research Fellow for the AHRC-funded project, Memories of Fiction: An Oral History of Readers' Life Stories. This post has enabled me to continue my long-standing interest in how our experiences with literature shape our identities and understanding of the world. My thesis, 'Reading the Lives between the Lines: Lesbian Oral History and Literature in Post-War Britain' (Glasgow 2013) explored this concept from the perspective of lesbian identity, and encapsulated another long-standing research interest in lesbian identity and lesbian history.
I am a self-confessed interdisciplinarian and am passionate about bringing together oral history, sexuality studies and literary studies to exciting and interesting ends. This passion extends to teaching, where I enjoy challenging students to think outside traditional disciplinary boundaries.
I am Co-editor and Founder of the history of sexualities blog, Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexualities.
PhD (English Literature, University of Glasgow)
MLitt, ('Modernities: Modernism and Postmodernism', English Literature, University of Glasgow)
MA (English Literature and History, University of Glasgow)
My research interests include lesbian and queer literature, lesbian and queer history (with an emphasis on oral history), oral history and reading, reading and identity formation, memory and narrative, queer domesticity, butch/femme cultures, oral history theory and methodology, feminist theory, queer theory, and memory studies.
Co-editor and Founder, Notches: (re)marks on the history of sexuality
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Team Member, Raphael Samuel History Centre
Committee Member, Women's History Scotland
Committee Member, OurStory Scotland (LGBTQ oral history project)
In 2015 I contributed to the creation of the documentary, 'Coming Oot! A Fabulous History of Gay Scotland' for BBC television.