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Jane completed her PhD at Roehampton in 2013. She was Research Facilitator for the English and Creative Writing Department 2013-2016. Jane is an independent scholar and writer specialising in life writing and twentieth century British women writers. She occasionally teaches creative nonfiction for the Oxford University Department of Continuing Education.

Since her appointment as Honorary Research Fellow in 2016, Jane has published a monograph based on her Phd, In Collaboration with British Literary Biography: Haunting Conversations (Palgrave 2017), two chapters in an edited collection on literary biography, Companion to Literary Biography (Wiley Blackwell 2019) edited by Richard Bradford, and two articles in the European Journal of Life Writing. A new chapter on the transnational impact of Richmal Crompton's writing will be published in an edited collection on transnational artists' lives by Palgrave in 2020.

In October 2019, Jane co-organised an international conference at the University of Tilberg on children's literature, life writing and youth culture. She will co-edit an issue of the European Journal of Life Writing based on the conference papers, for publication in 2021.

Jane is currently writing a biography of Richmal Crompton, which will be published as part of the Palgrave Literary Lives series in 2022. Crompton wrote Just William stories for fifty years from 1919 until her death in 1969. She also wrote forty novels and many other short stories. The work of British women writers from the early to mid-twentieth century, 1930-1960, is a significant area of research. There is also increasing interest in authors who write for both children and adults.