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I joined Strathclyde as Professor in English Studies under the John Anderson Research Leadership (JARL) scheme in 2011. In 2012 I took up post as Director of Research at the Arts and Humanities Research Council (www.ahrc.ac.uk), and in 2015 became a Visiting Professor at Strathclyde.
Research interests and profile
My current research is driven by a curiosity about the enduring presence of the nineteenth century in contemporary culture. I conceptualise this through the idea of “neo-Victorianism”, which I explored in a co-authored book (with Ann Heilmann) on Neo-Victorianism: The Victorians in the Twenty-First Century, 1999-2009 (Palgrave, 2010). Since joining Strathclyde, I’ve expanded my research on neo-Victorianism to think about how we still interact with and (re-)imagine the Victorian(s) across a range of discourses, which is the subject of my current project “Austerity Aesthetics: Indebtedness and the Contemporary.” Part of the research for this project was supported via an AHRC Connected Communities: Research Reviews and Scoping Studies award in 2011, and I’ve tested out some of the ideas in several conference keynote lectures and invited papers in 2012 and 2013.
I also work on the late-Victorian Anglo-Irish writer George Moore (1852-1933), and I’m presently developing work on a co-authored book which explores his engagement with 1890s aesthetic, psychological and economic theories of desire and consumption. A co-edited collection of essays on Moore’s relationships with his contemporaries, including previously unpublished primary materials, was published by the University of Delaware Press in 2014:
I have served as Consultant Editor to Neo-Victorian Studies (2007-11); Editor of the Journal of Gender Studies (2008-11); Editorial Board member of Pickering & Chatto’s ‘Gender and Genre’ series (2008-), and a regular manuscript reader for a number of journals and academic publishers. I’ve been the elected Secretary of the British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS), a multidisciplinary organisation with over 750 members worldwide (2009-11), and Treasurer of the National Conference of University Professors (NCUP) (2011). I worked as an Arts and Humanities Research Council Peer Review College Member from 2007-11 and acted regularly as a panellist, chair and advisor for AHRC schemes.
Research Output per year
Research output: Book/Report › Book
Activities per year
Activity: Membership types › Membership of committee