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. I’m currently working on my second book, which explores the links between the physical sciences and the theory and practice of poetry in the long nineteenth century.
In 2013 I was named as a New Generation Thinker by the BBC and the Arts and Humanities Research Council. Since then I have broadcast several items about nineteenth-century literature and culture on Radio 3 and Radio 4.