I am a Senior Lecturer in English Literature at Liverpool John Moores University. I have previously taught at Bilkent University, at the University of Cambridge (where I obtained my PhD), and in London. My main research and teaching interests are in twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature and culture, with particular emphases on contemporary British literature, postcolonial studies, modernist and postmodernist literature, film and adaptation studies, and theory. I am regarded as a leading expert on the celebrated, award-winning writer Andrea Levy, and am currently carrying out externally-funded research on her archive. My book Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism was published in 2014. My work has also appeared in publications such as ARIEL: A Review of International English Literature, The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, The Journal of Postcolonial Writing, The Journal for Cultural Research, The Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Literary Encyclopedia, and a number of edited collections. I am currently writing a book on Levy for Manchester University Press, and am also working on a project that relates to screen adaptations of contemporary transnational fiction. I have appeared on local and national radio, and have written for The Guardian's Higher Education Network. I welcome enquiries from students considering postgraduate research in any of my areas of interest.

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Research and Teaching Interests:

  • Contemporary British literature

  • Postcolonial studies

  • Modernist and postmodernist literature

  • The novel

  • Adaptation studies

  • Theory

Academic Qualifications:

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2017 to present).

  • PhD in English Literature, University of Cambridge (Clare Hall) 2011 (fully funded by the AHRC). Thesis: ‘Celebrated Fictions of Multicultural London of the 1990s and 2000s’.

  • MA (Distinction) in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature, University of Nottingham 2006 (fully funded by the AHRC).

  • BA (First Class with Honours) in English Literature, University of East Anglia 2004.

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