I am a Reader in Contemporary Literature and Culture 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 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. I have also co-edited some of Levy's previously unseen work for posthumous publication. My book Contemporary Fictions of Multiculturalism was published with Palgrave 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, Dictionary of Literary Biography, The Literary Encyclopedia, and numerous edited collections. I am currently writing a book on Levy for Manchester UP, 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 currently lead three undergraduate modules at LJMU: 'Literary and Cultural Theory', 'Writing Race in Britain', and 'Migrants to the Screen'. I also teach on the undergraduate module 'Post-Millennial British Fiction', and the postgraduate module 'Mobilities'. I supervise undergraduate dissertations, postgraduate dissertations, and PhD theses. I welcome enquiries from students considering postgraduate research in any of my areas of interest.
Main Research and Teaching Interests:
Contemporary British literature
Modernist and postmodernist literature
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’. Supervisor: Professor Priyamvada Gopal.
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.
My journey to becoming a full-time academic wasn't always a smooth one. My various jobs included:
Working in the sixth form of a school in Southwark, London (the one used in the filming of Top Boy, if you've seen that), teaching A Level English Literature and, as the Higher Education Lead, supporting non-privileged students with their university applications.
Teaching English as a second language for numerous years on insecure, zero-hours contracts.
Tutoring A Level and GCSE students.
Serving as the Finance Officer of a hospital for adults with learning disabilities.
Working in Human Resources departments.
Working in a supermarket, monitoring and ordering stock, stacking shelves, and working on checkouts.
Working as a temp, primarily in data entry, and occasionally doing tasks as mind-numbing as putting letters into envelopes all day.
Serving refreshments and cleaning in a café/restaurant.
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