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, the problematic representations of female power in comic-books and the role of DC's /Johnny Everyman/ in raising socio-political awareness between 1943 and 1947. Future research will focus on representations of protest in transatlantic popular culture, taking into account both creation and reception.
My work focuses on questions of trauma, masculinity 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. Future work is planned in both areas with plans to build on the latter, investigating representations of masculine heroism in US popular cinema. 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/.
HR101 - History Workshop: Researching and Writing History at Degree Level
HR141 - Introduction to Latin American History
HR162 - 'The Great Experiment': United States history from seventeenth century settlement to the 1970s.
HR211 - Approaches to History
HR267 - The Special Relationship?
Co-editor of a book on Joss Whedon's /Firefly/ to be published by Scarecrow Press.
'"Superman believes that a wife's place is in the home': Lois Lane and Gender Politics' in /Women in Comics/ (2014)
''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', /Studies in Comics/ 4.2 (2013)
'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