I received my PhD from the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in 2016. My doctoral research was funded by a three-year Chancellor’s International Scholarship from Warwick, after which I held an Early Career Fellowship at Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. My work opens the fields of 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 Textual Practice, Neo-Victorian Studies, Mechademia, and the Journal of Postcolonial Writing.
My book project, “Empire of Culture: Neo-Victorian Fiction and the Global Creative Economy,” examines representations of Victorian Britain in contemporary British historical fiction, Anglo-American period dramas, and Japanese girls’ comics in the light of the global turn to cultural commodity production and export since the 1980s.
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 teach/have taught include "Modern World Literatures," "The English Nineteenth-Century Novel," and "Introduction to Cultural Studies."
On a personal level, I enjoy reading and drawing comics, which I also use as a pedagogical tool in my classes.