BA Philosophy and History (Essex)
MA Culture and Communication (UEA)
PhD US Cultural History (Essex)
Current research focuses on representations of race connected with Marvel's superhero, Black Panther, in the 1960s and '70s, and the problematic representations of female power in comic-books. Future research will focus on representations of protest in transatlantic popular culture, taking into account both creation and reception.
I am also writing a book on the relationship between superhero narratives and changing conceptions of the US from 1945-75 to be published by Ashgate in 2015.
My work focuses on moments of intersection between political and cultural history and deals with questions of trauma, gender and heroism. I have so far concentrated largely on superhero narratives but I have also published on the topic of heroism in the films of Bruce Campbell. I am currently working on two pieces on women in popular culture and their relationship to broader political developments at moments of upheaval - Lois Lane in, predominantly, the 1960s and the Capt. WE Johns character Worrals during and immediately after the Second World War. My interests in superhero narratives will be developed through work on more specific topics such as those detailed in 'Current Research'. I am also interested in the work of Joss Whedon and am co-editing a forthcoming volume on /Firefly/.
I would be interested in supervising dissertations in the following areas:
Cultural history, particularly of the US or UK; Anglo-American relations; masculinity in the US; trauma and its impact; protest movements in the US; US history more generally. This doesn't mean that I am not open to other topics!
HR101 - History Workshop: Researching and Writing History at Degree Level
HR162 - 'Empire of Liberty': Problems in US History
HR267 - 'The Special Relationship?' Anglo-American Relations 1850-2005
Superheroes and America's Self Image: From War to Watergate (Ashgate, 2015).
Co-editor of a book on Joss Whedon's /Firefly/ to be published by Rowman & Littlefield.
'"Superman believes that a wife's place is in the home': Lois Lane and Gender Politics'
''You Complete Me': The Joker as Symptom' in /The Joker: Critical Essays on the Clown Prince of Crime/ (2014)
'"Oh c'mon, those stories can't count in continuity!': Squirrel Girl and the problem of female power'
'The Body (Politic) in Pieces: Post 9/11 Marvel Superhero Narratives and Fragmentation' in /Comic Book Geographies/ (2013)
'Friend of the people of many lands': Johnny Everyman, 'critical internationalism' and liberal postwar US heroism' /Social History/ 38.2 (2013)
"His greatest enemy - intolerance!" The Superman radio show in 1946', /Scan/ 5.2 (September 2008).
'Hail to the King, baby': Bruce Campbell and the representation of US masculine heroism, /US Studies Online: The BAAS Postgraduate Journal/ iss. 16 (Spring 2010) http://www.baas.ac.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=258%3Aissue-16-spring-2010-article-4&catid=15&Itemid=12
'We have experienced a tragedy which words cannot properly describe': Representations of trauma in post-9/11 superhero comic-books, /Literature Compass/ 8.8 (2011) (co-authored with Philip Smith, Loughborough University)
Conference Papers and Lectures