My research interests focus on Early Modern drama (particularly revenge tragedies); revenge; contemporary performances of Early Modern drama; contemporary queer culture; and queer history.
I have taught at the University of Westminster since 2007 and became a permanent member of staff in 2016.
I am the convenor of the School of Humanities EDI Working Group, Director of the School of Humanities New Writing Festival, a member of the Black History Year Steering Committee and, along with my college, Dr Simon Avery, I am Director of the Queer London Research Forum.
I have a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of Westminster (First Class); an MA in Text and Performance Studies from King’s College London and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (Distinction); an MA in Cultural and Critical Studies from Birkbeck, University of London (Distinction); and a PhD in Theatre Studies from Birkbeck and RADA. As well as teaching at Westminster, I have taught at Birkbeck and run guest seminars at King’s College and Manchester University.
I have also worked as a theatre reviewer for The Morning Star since April 2014 and am an occasional contributor to the Beesotted Pride of West London Brentford FC podcast.
Broadly speaking, my teaching covers Early Modern drama; 20th/21st century theatre; and sexuality and queer studies.
At the postgraduate level I run the module Queer Now. Focusing on the 1990s to the present, this module considers queer theory and ideas around queerness. Examining a range of theoretical, literary and cultural perspectives on the topic, the module investigates what queer means and how it has shaped our ideas about sexuality, identity, the body, intimacy and desire, history, and representation.
My research focuses on two areas and the main focus of my research is revenge and the revenge dramas of the Early Modern period, particularly those by Thomas Kyd, Thomas Middleton, Francis Beaumont, John Fletcher, John Ford and John Webster. I am particularly interested in how revenge intersects with ideas around temporality, gender, the emotions, and sexuality and desire.
My work has been published in Early Theatre and I have a chapter considering the relationship between objects and gender in Thomas Middelton’s The Revenger’s Tragedy in The Revenger's Tragedy: The State of Play (2018), edited by Gretchen Minton. I have forthcoming book chapters considering the relationship between strangeness and revenge in The Maid's Tragedy and The Revenger's Tragedy; considering the temporalities of anger and revenge in The Spanish Tragedy; and considering John Fletcher's engagement with gender.
The second, but connected, thread of my research focuses on queer history and questions around queer temporalities. Along with my colleague, Dr Simon Avery, I recently edited Sex, Time and Place: Queer Histories of London c. 1850 to the present (Bloomsbury, 2016). In this collection I have a chapter examining the efficacy of queer temporality theory as a frame through which to consider ideas of queer London. The collection draws on work from the 2013 Queer London conference and following the conference Dr Avery and myself set up the Queer London Research Forum. The Forum curates 2-3 events each academic year.
I am currently working on two critical/creative projects; a memoir about grief and a novel about confession.
For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.