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Sarah joined King’s as a Teaching Fellow in 2017, having previously taught at the University of Birmingham. She has lectured and convened courses on Victorian literature, Decadence, the Gothic, and crime fiction. Since 2015, Sarah has also worked as a post-doctoral fellow on an AHRC-funded project to digitise the letters of the eighteenth-century bluestocking Hannah More. She designs the digital infrastructure of the project, as well as working with a team on archival and manuscript research and editing.

Sarah completed her BA and MPhil at Trinity College Dublin before moving to the UK to undertake her doctoral research at King’s. Her PhD considered how nineteenth-century spiritualists channelled dead writers and used fiction in their practices. She is also part of several research communities interested in genre and popular fiction.

Research Interests

  • Nineteenth century literature (especially popular fiction and literature of the fin de siècle.)
  • Occulture, magic, and esoteric belief in literature.
  • Crime and detective fiction.
  • Genre fiction and genre theory.
  • Digital humanities.

I am happy to meet with undergraduate and MA students interested in pursuing research in the nineteenth century. My own particular areas of expertise include spiritualism, occultism, the supernatural, ghost stories, and other kinds of weird fiction.

On a broader historical sweep, I would be glad to talk to students with research interests in genre fiction – particularly those working on crime fiction.

My research interests also fall under the umbrella of digital humanities, particularly in questions of the best use of digital tools and computing in literary scholarship. 


Sarah teaches a range of undergraduate and MA modules in literature of the nineteenth century, including specialist modules on crime fiction and Victorian travel.

Selected Publications

  • 'Julia Says': The Spirit-Writing and Editorial Mediumship of W. T. Stead (19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 16)
  • CSΨ: Occult Detectives of the Fin de Siècle and the Interpretation of Evidence (Clues, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p29-39)