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Associate Professor in English and Comics Studies

I work in the Department of Humanities and Law at Bournemouth University, where I am Head of the the Narrative Culture and Community Research Centre and teach on various courses including BA English, MLitt English, and MA English and Literary Media. I am one of the founding 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)



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)



Co-Investigator, Digital Reading Network (AHRC, July 2013–July 2015).

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


Comics and Conscience: Gender (BU Women's Academic Network Start-up Grant, June 2022–June 2023)

Quantitative Analysis of Possession in British Girls’ Comics (BU Narrative, Culture and Community Research Centre, March–June 2021)

British Girls’ Comics (BU Women’s Academic Network, March–October 2020)

Research leave (BU Quality Research, October 2017–January 2018)

Cubes of Living Co-Creation Bursary (BU Centre for the study of Journalism, Culture and Communication, April–July 2017)

Misty Visual and Lexical Analysis Project (BU Narrative, Culture and Community Research Centre, March–May 2016)​

Devils and Dolls (BU Fusion Fund, January–June 2013)​



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