I am Principal Lecturer in English Literature, having joined the University of Portsmouth in 2004. I am currently the Senior Tutor for SASHPL, having previously served as acting Associate Head (Students) for SASHPL (August-December 2018) and acting Subject Area Leader for English Literature (July-December 2018).
I am Secretary for the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment (UK and Ireland).
I completed my PhD and MA at the University of Manchester, and my BA in English Language and Literature at the University of Cambridge.
My primary research concerns early modern negotiations of community. My research investigates Milton's presentation and interrogation of competing companionship models, and his use of translation as theme and event. By focusing on processes of differentiation, inclusion and exclusion, this research aligns with the University's Democratic Citizenship theme. My research in this area has been published in Early Modern Literary Studies and the Milton Quarterly; and I have recently completed a book-length study entitled Competing Companionships: Love and Friendship in Milton's Paradise Epics. My current project focuses on Puritan conceptions of garden spaces, community, and solitude.
Environmental concerns also inform my 'blue' ecocritical research into early modern London theatrical, literary, and street culture. My essay in the Journal of Early Modern Cultural Studies (forthcoming 2019) explores the allusive range of herring references in the works of Shakespeare, Greene, Nashe, Dekker, and other Elizabethan writers.
I have a developing interest in the ways in which modern understandings of early modern theatrical spaces, players and audiences are shaped and reshaped by shifting understandings of heritage, the changing demands of education, and advances in technology. This project stems from my organisation of the Much Ado About Portsmouth festival (2016).