Personal profile


ELA020N219 Corpus Linguistics
Media Language
ELA020N222 The Sociolinguistics of Gender

ELA020X312 Language and the Law

LIN020L045Y Research Methods

I am also the BA English Language and Linguistics Programme Convenor (2021-22)

Research interests

I'm primarily a corpus linguist and (critical) discourse analyst. My current research interests are in the areas of feminist, queer and trans linguistics.

One strand of research, with Dr Alon Lischinsky (Oxford Brookes University), uses a 1.4 billion word corpus of online erotica to explore relationships between genres, reader responses, character roles and agency, and depictions of consent, negotiation, and sexual practices. A key component of this research is problematizing the relationship between "real world" identities, activities and practices and textual representations and constructions of these.

The other strand focuses on the media representation of transgender people. I have published on the media representation of a trans woman named Lucy Meadows; I focus on the practice of misgendering through quotation of key interviewees through triangulating discourse analysis and corpus linguistic approaches.

My previous research examined the representation of the British suffrage movement in the Times between 1908 and 1914.


PhD, University of Nottingham, 2013

MA in Corpus Linguistics, University of Liverpool, 2007

BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, University of Liverpool, 2006

Professional affiliations

British Association of Applied Linguistics

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


  • PE English
  • Discourse analysis
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Language and gender