I am currently an Assistant Professor of English Literature at the Bader International Study Centre (Herstmonceux Castle), Queen’s University where I teach courses in English literature, sport history, and Digital Humanities.
In 2012, I completed my PhD in Victorian Literature at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. Marked Men: Sport and Masculinity in Victorian Popular Culture, 1866-1904 examines the way in which men who participated in the newly-developed sphere of modern sport were represented in various popular culture forms in the nineteenth century. This PhD research informs the shape of my current research project which is focused on determining how Victorians understood the spaces in which sport occurred in, and on the edges of, the city in the second half of the nineteenth century. This current monograph project has a working title of Sporting Spaces in the Victorian City.
My other research interests include: the Victorian spectacular theatre, specifically the melodramas of Dion Boucicault, Victorian and contemporary equine sporting narratives, neo-Victorianisms (i.e. the steampunk movement), and developments in the digital humanities. In 2009, I was a Research Fellow at Goodenough College, London (UK) on a fellowship from the London Goodenough Association of Canada.