I grew up in Michigan in the United States and moved to the United Kingdom in 2002. I received my BA in History with a minor in English Literature from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2002). I also hold an MA in the History of International Relations from the London School of Economics (2004), and a DPhil from the University of Oxford (2008) for a thesis on Rupert Brooke, poetry, politics and propaganda in Britain during the First World War. I subsequently worked as a lecturer and in research policy and management. I joined King’s College London to work on the European Research Council-funded Ego-Media and Beyond Enemy Lines projects in October 2016.
Research Interests and PhD Supervision
- Life writing and war
- Literary networks, political discourses and self-representation
- Comparative First World War cultures
My research focuses on the comparative development of war cultures in twentieth century Europe and the United States, looking at how evolving literary networks – utilizing different forms of media and technology – influence political discourses and perceptions of violence. I am currently supervising a PhD considering issues of absence and omission from the historical record – specifically how women’s lives have been archived in the first half of the twentieth century – and how contemporary illustration and life-writing theories and practices might inform representations and the re-telling of their stories to contemporary audiences.
Twentieth century war, poetry, literature and cultural mobilisations.
Expertise and Public Engagement
I have contributed to a number of public exhibitions, most recently the Melancholia: A Sebald Variation (Somerset House, London, 2017) that emerged out of the Beyond Enemy Lines project, and Fierce Light(East Gallery, Norwich, 2016). I also served on the AHRC’s Peer Review College as an advisor on their World War I Engagement Centres. Much of my current public engagement work centres on the digital: I contributed to King’s College, Cambridge’s ‘Introduction to Archives - Rupert Brooke’ online resource, and while at Oxford I worked as a researcher and cataloguer on the First World War Poetry Digital Archive, an early and innovative digital humanities project that makes archival material from the period available to new audiences, including teachers and young students. For this I created a podcast on Brooke and am currently working on another on war blogs for the Ego-Media project. I also regularly write articles and reviews for a number of periodicals and journals, including the open access1914-1918 Online: International Encyclopedia of the First World War.
- ‘Americans in England and the English in America’ in Time Dayton & Mark W. Van Wienen (eds.), The Cambridge History of American Literature and Culture in the Great War (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming – 2019)
- ‘Blogging the Iraq War: Soldiers, Civilians and Institutions’, European Journal of Life Writing (forthcoming – 2019)
- Rupert Brooke in the First World War(Clemson University Press & Liverpool University Press, 2018).
- ‘Aesthetic Mobilisation in 1914: Looking at Europe,’British Journal of Military History, Special Edition 2.2 (2016).
- ‘Towards a Popular Canon: Education, Young Readers and Authorial Identity in Great Britain between the Wars’ in Shafquat Towheed and E.G.C. King (eds.), Reading and the First World War: Readers, Texts and Archives(Palgrave, 2015).