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I have been a Teacher in English Literature since September 2021.

My main areas of research interest are the writing of Shirley Jackson, and 20th & 21st-century Gothic and Horror literature. 





I am currently preparing an edited collection of essays with Dr Joan Passey on new critical approaches to the short fiction of Shirley Jackson. More information about the collection, which will be published by Bloomsbury in February 2024, can be found here:


Areas of Research Interest 

Shirley Jackson's Writing
Gothic Fiction 
Ghost Stories
Spectrality Studies
Horror in Literature and Film
Contemporary Women's Writing
Twentieth-Century American Fiction
Modern Drama

I have presented the following papers at acadmic conferences and research seminars:

16/06/2023 - 'Thinking Through Ghosts: Hauntography and Spectral Methodology', Keynote, ENCAPsulate Postgraduate Research Conference, Cardiff University 

12/11/2020 - 'Witchy Women and the Parameters of Female Power in We Have Always Lived in the Castle', Cardiff BookTalk Event

11/06/2019 - '"X" and the City: Missing Woman as Spectral Presence in Shirley Jackson's "Nightmare"', ENCAPsulate Postgraduate Research Conference, Cardiff University 

21/03/2019 - 'Missing Women and Spectral Presence in Shirley Jackson's "The Missing Girl" and "The Good Wife"', Tales of Terror: Gothic, Horror, and Weird Short Fiction Conference, University of Warwick

02/08/2018 - 'Shirley Jackson In (and Out of) American Gothic', International Gothic Association's 14th Conference - Gothic Hybridities: Interdisciplinary, Multimodal and Transhistorical Approaches, Manchester Metropolitan University

08/06/2017 - '[L]ike children playing ghost': Spectral Adolescence in Shirley Jackson's Hangsaman', ENCAPsulate Postgraduate Research Conference, Cardiff University

22/02/2017 - 'A Nightmère in Suburbia: Mother and/as Monster in The Babadook', Assuming Gender Research Seminar, Cardiff University

08/02/2017 - 'Haunted Rooms and Haunted Women: Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, Cardiff BookTalk Event


In the 2023/24 Academic Year, I am convening the following modules:

SE2139 Drama: Stage and Page - Year 1 (Autumn)
SE2551 Modern Drama: Page, Stage, Screen - Year 3 (Autumn)
SET300 Spectral Femininities - MA (Spring)


I joined the department as Teacher in English Literature in September 2021, having completed my BA (2013), MA (2015) and PhD (2021) studies at Cardiff. 

Research themes


  • Gothic
  • Women’s studies
  • North American literature
  • 20th Century