I am a Lecturer in Eighteenth-Century Literature at York St John University where I currently teach on a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.
I work on eighteenth-century political literature and print culture. My doctoral research examined a selection of early eighteenth-century periodicals which were funded by political parties but did not signal their partisan allegiance. The PhD looked particularly at the partisan writing of Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
Subsequently, I have developed an interest in political print culture outside of eighteenth-century London. I have worked extensively of radical newspaper networks across Sheffield and York, with a specific interest in the life and writing of the editor, poet, hymn-writer and activist, James Montgomery.
Generally, I’m interested in the relationships between politics, news and literature and the ways in which partisan identity is cultivated and articulated.
From 2014-2016, I was an Honorary research fellow for the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Archival Practices and a Cultural Engagement Fellow on an AHRC-funded post-doctoral project titled ‘Sheffield: Print, Protest and Poetry, 1790-1810.’ During the same period I contributed to the first Massive Open Online Course to be launched by the School of English at the University of Sheffield, ‘Literature of the English Country House‘, serving as Co-Lead Educator for the 2015 and 2016 iterations of the course.
I am passionate about public engagement and ever keen to find new ways to disseminate information and engage in knowledge exchange. For instance, in 2016 I secured funding to work with playwright Javaad Alipoor and the Eclipse Theatre company to produce and perform a live show based on his archival research at Sheffield’s Festival of the Mind.
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