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I recently obtained a PhD in English Literature from St Andrews. I also hold a BA in English Literature from Oral Roberts University, including a semester studying abroad at the University of Oxford, and an MLitt in Romantic/Victorian Studies from St Andrews.

My PhD thesis is entitled 'Evolutionary Regression in Victorian Children's Literature' and was fully funded by the Handsel Tuition Fee Scholarship. This project uses an interdisciplinary methodology to examine how Victorian children's writers portray unusual evolutionary dynamics, such as nonlinearity and regression. I study Victorian classics, including Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wondeland and Kipling's The Jungle Books,  as well as less familiar works like Tom Hood's From Nowhere to the North Pole and the fairy tales of Andrew Lang. My work broadens scholarly understanding of how children’s authors interpreted scientific discoveries and contributed new ideas to the development of modern evolutionary theory.

I am now planning a second project on anthropological ideas in late-Victorian popular fiction, focusing on the concept of cultural survivals. My work has been published in the Journal of Victorian Culture, and I regularly present at the annual conferences of the British Association of Victorian Studies and the British Society for Literature and Science.

I have also worked as a postgraduate tutor and the Academic Skills Project Coordinator in the School of English.

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Research interests

Nineteenth-century science, Victorian culture, children's literature, popular fiction, fantasy, evolution, nonlinearity, anthropology

Teaching activity

EN1003 - Culture and Conflict: An Introduction to Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Literature

EN1004 - Empires and Revolutions: Literature from 1688-1830

Writing Lab/Academic Skills Project (English)

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