Researcher biography

I am a Lecturer in American Studies in the School of Communication and Arts. I was previously appointed as an Adjunct Associate Lecturer in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide in South Australia, and have worked as a sessional lecturer in English at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney and the Australian Catholic University (ACU). I received my doctorate in English Literature from UNSW, after completing my undergraduate degree there with First Class Honours; I also have a Master's of Teaching (Secondary), specialising in teaching English. My research interests include musico-literary studies and African American Literature, and I have published on representations of women's labour, racial characterisation, and the mediatic unconscious in American modernist literature. I am currently writing a monograph (contracted with Edinburgh University Press) on the regional evolution of the American Bildungsroman; I am interested in how the idealist Enlightenment genre came to house subversive political energies in terms of class, race, and gender relations and structures in American society, all converged upon the perennial figure of 'arrested development'. I am currently an editor of the modernist studies journal, "Affirmations: of the Modern" (Ubiquity Press), which is the organ journal of the Australasian Modernist Studies Network (AMSN).