I am a writer, researcher and lecturer, with experience teaching at institutions across the UK. My interests lie in contemporary art and culture, with a focus on Britain from the 1970s onwards. I am particularly invested in queer, feminist, and lesbian art and social histories, and in their intersection with British photo theory.
In 2019 I completed a CHASE/AHRC funded PhD at the University of Sussex, titled “Hurled Toward the Future: The Queer Subjunctive in British Lesbian Photography, 1987-1996.” In 2020 I held a Paul Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship, and I am currently working towards publication of a manuscript based on my research.
I have presented widely at conferences across the UK and internationally. Recent writing has been published in Third Text (2021), Journal of American Studies (2021), the edited volume The Art of Feminism (2019), and is forthcoming in Resist, Organize, Build: Feminist and Queer Activism in Britain and the United States During the Long 1980s (SUNY Press, 2022). In 2018, I co-organised the AHRC/Paul Mellon funded symposium ‘Resisting Relations‘ with Laura Guy (Newcastle) and Catherine Grant (Goldsmiths), which centred on unpacking the links between lesbian identity and feminist art history in a British context. In 2019, I contributed research on the late photographer Tessa Boffin to the exhibition Hot Moment at Auto Italia.
My lecturing spans both art history and fine art students. I currently teach at Central Saint Martins (Critical Studies) and University for the Creative Arts, Rochester. I have also held teaching posts at Newcastle University, the University of Sussex and Durham University. I have delivered guest lectures at the Photographers’ Gallery and the University of Cambridge, a public lecture at Jerwood Space, London, as well as a keynote conversation with the photographer Sunil Gupta for the closing conference of the HERA funded research project ‘Cruising the Seventies: Unearthing Pre-HIV/AIDS Queer Sexual Cultures.’ In 2019, I gained Associate Fellow accreditation from the Higher Education Academy.
In addition to my manuscript project, I am developing new research around avant-garde art practices in Vancouver, Canada during the 1970s and 80s. I am especially interested in photography, performance, and the visualisation of violence (both physical and spatial/geographical).
I welcome invitations to speak and write. Please get in touch via the contact page, rather than through university email.