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Biography

I began working in the Department of English 2017, after completing my Leverhulme-funded PhD at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. I completed a BA at the University of East Anglia, an MA at University College London, and worked in London for several years before moving to Canada.

Research Interests and PhD Supervision

My book manuscript, Unsociable: Antagonism and Abstraction in Contemporary Feminized Poetry, argues that feminized poetry is not only sensitive to capitalism’s processual remakings of gendered and racial difference, but to its concurrent need to make that movement appear natural. I propose a new reading method: one that, in attending to questions of gender as social form, reveals a series of techniques and strategies that feminized poets have been using to write about what fails to be recognized as ‘social’ at all. This method is enabled by new readings of Marx that show how, as value moves through the world acquiring and shedding various forms—labour, commodities, money, for example—the value-form is not any particular thing but an expression of a relation between things. With Dr Natasha Hurley (University of Alberta), and Dr Sean O’Brien (University College Dublin) I am also finishing a short, collaborative book project, Anti-Social Reproduction, which intervenes at the intersection of the anti-social turn in queer theory and new Marxist-feminist theories of social reproduction.

I welcome PhD proposals aligned in any way with my research and/or the following areas:

  • Late twentieth and early twenty-first century poetry and poetics
  • Marxist literary criticism and aesthetic theory
  • Studies of social reproduction, gender, and sexuality
  • Marxian and materialist studies of racialization, especially in relation to black feminism and/or Indigenous and First Nations poetry and politics

For more details, please see my full research profile.

Teaching

I teach contemporary literature, culture and theory at postgraduate and undergraduate level.

Expertise and Public Engagement

I have given public talks at universities and arts institutions in the UK, US, Canada and The Netherlands. I am on the editorial board of the Bloomsbury Academic Press book series, Critical Theory and the Critique of Society, and I regularly review manuscripts for other journals and presses. From 2018-2021, I served on the advisory board of the Institute of English Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. I also write poetry, and frequently give readings in the UK, US, and Canada. My poems have been widely published, anthologized, and translated into Spanish and Catalan. With the Canadian poet laureate Fred Wah, I co-edited a poetics anthology, Towards. Some. Air. (2015).