I’m a Lecturer in Victorian Literature at the University of St Andrews, specialising in Victorian literature and culture, nineteenth-century poetry, and the relations between literature and science. I joined the School of English at St Andrews in 2015, having previously taught at the University of Surrey. Before that, I studied and taught at the University of Oxford.
My first book, The Poet’s Mind: The Psychology of Victorian Poetry 1830-1870, was published by Oxford University Press in 2012. This monograph examines the ways in which Victorian poets both responded and contributed to the emergence of psychology as a discrete scientific discipline in nineteenth-century Britain.
In 2013 I was named as a New Generation Thinker by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Since then I have written and contributed to several broadcasts about nineteenth-century literature and culture on Radio 3 and Radio 4.
In 2017-18 I hold a British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship; the research leave made possible by this award will enable me to finish my second book, Poetical Matter, which studies the exchange of methods, concepts, and language between poetry and the physical sciences in the nineteenth century. I’m currently also editing a volume of the poetry and prose of Arthur Hugh Clough for OUP’s 21st-Century Oxford Authors series.