I am a UK-based early career researcher specialising in literary and cultural studies of the late-nineteenth and early twentieth century, with a particular focus on the intersection between modernity, technology, gender, and aesthetics in the city.

My research specialises in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century British literature, with an emphasis on trans-Atlantic modernism, book history, literary London, genre fiction, and the field of literature and science, technology, and medicine. I am interested in questions of continuity and discontinuity in the twentieth century, which manifest in conflicts between generations of authors, movements, and genres, or as intersections, where the past and present engage with one another.

I co-host LitSciPod: The Literature and Science Podcast with Dr Catherine Charlwood. Through its focus on inter- and multi-disciplinarity, LitSciPod explores important topics and research across humanities and STEM subjects. Every episode also features an interview with a leading scholar in the field of literature and science.


I hold a D.Phil. in English Language and Literature from St Anne’s College, Oxford, an MA in English Literature (2011), and a BA (Hons) in English Literature (2010) both obtained at Queen’s University, Canada. I also completed an MA in Classics (2008) from Queen’s University, Canada and a BA (Hons) in Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia.



  • Reading London’s Lightscape: A Literary and Cultural History of Artificial Light in London from 1880 to 1950 (in preparation)

Journal Articles

Chapters In Edited Collections

  • ‘Electricity and its Technologies’ in The Edinburgh Companion to Modernism and Technology, ed. Alex Goody and Ian Whittington (forthcoming from Edinburgh University Press in late 2020).

  • Public and Private Light in Virginia Woolf’s Night and Day’  in Dark Nights, Bright Lights: Night, Darkness and Illumination in Literature, ed. Susanne Bach and Folkert Degenring (Berlin; Boson, MA: De Gruyter Mouton, 2015).

Special Issues – Edited

Reviews, Blogs, & Ideas Pieces

Poetry & Prose

  • Myth and Reason’Oxonian Review. ORbits. June 2013. Web.

  • ‘Untitled’. Oxonian Review. April 2013. Web.

  • ‘The Mirror’. Queen’s Feminist Review 18 (2010). Print.

  • ‘The Golden Age of Heroines’. Queens Feminist Review 17 (2009). Print.

  • ‘The Dark Oaken Gown’. Ultraviolet 9.1 (2008). Print.

Art & Illustrations

  • ‘Photo of the Week: Half-light Deer’Oxonian Review. ORbits. December 2013. Web.

  • A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Agora. Illustrated by Laura E. Ludtke. Kingston, ON: Legacy Books Press, 2007 & 2011 (2nd ed.). Print.

  • ‘Amaranths’. Queen’s Feminist Review 18 (2010). Print.

Blog Posts


    My monograph, Reading London’s Lightscape: A Literary and Cultural History of Artificial Light in London from 1880 to 1950, is currently in preparation. Drawing on my doctoral research, it is the first book to consider literary and cultural responses to the electrification of London in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Drawing on my doctoral research, Reading London’s Lightscape explores continuities and discontinuities in technology, gender, and the urban experience across a wide range of literary texts and cultural materials, including Virginia Woolf, Arnold Bennett, Dorothy Richardson, George Orwell, Djuna Barnes, Aldous Huxley, Elizabeth Bowen, Mina Loy, T. S. Eliot, and Wyndham Lewis.


    I am actively involved in the British Society for Literature and Science and was recently awarded funding from its Small Grants Scheme for the second series of LitSciPod: the Literature and Science Podcast, which I co-host with Dr Catherine Charlwood.


    Classical Association of Canada (2006–2008)
    British Society for Literature and Science (2011 to present)
    British Association of Modernist Studies (2012 to present)
    Literary London Society; International Commission for Science and Literature (2013 to present)
    Higher Education Academy, Associate Fellow (2015 to present)
    Modernist Studies Association (2017 to present)

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