Associate Professor in English and Comics Studies

I work in the Department of Humanities and Law at Bournemouth University, where I teach on various courses including BA English and MA English and Literary Media. I am Programme Leader for the MA English and Literary Media course, Deputy Head of the Narrative Culture and Community Research Centre, and Co-Convenor of the AHRC-funded Digital Reading Network. I am one of the editors of Studies in Comics, one of the UK's leading academic journals in this field, and of the book series Encapsulations: Critical Comic Studies, and I co-organise the annual International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference (IGNCC). I have previously taught at the University of the Arts, London, and Bristol University.



Senior Fellow, HEA

Postgraduate Certificate in Research Supervision (Bournemouth University, 2012)

Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Distinction) (Bournemouth University, 2010)

PhD English Literature (Bristol University, 2006)

MA Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing (Cardiff University, 2001)

BA English Literature (2:1 Hons) (Cardiff University, 1998)



Co-Investigator, Digital Reading Network (AHRC, 2013).

Co-Investigator, Researching Readers Online (AHRC, Digital Transformations, 2012)



Broken Frontier Award for Best Book on Comics (Broken Frontier, 2019)

M. Thomas Inge Award for Comics Scholarship (Popular Culture Association, 2015) 

‘You’re Brilliant’ Students’ Union award (SUBU, 2011-12; 2015-16)

Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning (BU, 2010-11)