I received my PhD from the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in 2016, and I am currently an Assistant Professor of World Literature at Kanagawa University in Yokohama, Japan. My work opens the fields of postcolonial studies, World Literature, and Victorian studies to the study of transnational popular culture, while bringing the close attention to detail that is characteristic of literary criticism to bear on the analysis of popular cultural texts such as Japanese manga. Work stemming from my research has appeared in the peer-reviewed journals C21 Literature, Textual Practice, Neo-Victorian Studies, Mechademia, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
My first book, Empire of Culture: Neo-Victorian Narratives in the Global Creative Economy, is forthcoming from SUNY Press.
In my teaching, as in my research, I am committed to close reading both literary and popular cultural texts from a global perspective. Courses I currently teach include "Introduction to World Literature," "The British Empire in East Asia: Victorian and Neo-Victorian Perspectives," and "Singapore Fiction and Film."
On a personal level, I enjoy reading and drawing comics, which I also use as a pedagogical tool in my classes.