I teach Early Modern literature (1550-1760) to undergraduates in English Language and Literature, Classics and English, and History and English, and some part-time students studying at Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education. I am co-convenor for MSt in Women’s Studies and teach and supervise postgraduates on this interdisciplinary Masters, running an option course on ‘Early “Feminisms”’. I’m also a tutor on the part-time, interdisciplinary MSt in Literature and Arts, run by the Department of Continuing Education. At Regent’s Park, I am Tutor for Admissions for English and allied Joint Schools and joint Director of Studies for BA (Hons) in Classics and English, and I direct the Visiting Student Programme, organising and co-ordinating academic programmes for students from North America and Europe who come to study in Oxford for either one, two or three terms. I am fully committed to showing people from all sorts of backgrounds and with all levels of experience that studying at Oxford may be within their reach and I’m involved in Access and Outreach activities at Regent’s and also in the wider University. I have an abiding interest in lifelong learning and am a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.
My research interests are in early modern print culture, particularly cheap print. My initial research into prose murder pamphlets of the period is developing to encompass prison literature: writing from and about the early modern prison with a concentration on the depiction of penitence. I’m currently working on two projects based in Shakespeare’s plays: one is on the significance of kneeling and supplication, and the other is the development of a modern liturgy based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
2013: Most Acclaimed Lecturer in the Humanities (Oxford University Student Union)
2015: University of Oxford Teaching Excellence Award
2016: Outstanding Pastoral Support (Oxford University Student Union)