I am a senior lecturer in Sociology and Director of the Centre for Intimate and Sexual Citizenship (CISC) at the University of Essex. My research interests include gender, sexuality, citizenship, kinship, migration and digital intimacy. I also have a longstanding interest in feminist epistemology and methodology. My research takes an intersectional feminist approach.
My book Lesbian Motherhood: Gender, Families and Sexual Citizenship was published by Palgrave in 2009. I am co-editor of Silence and Secrecy in the Research Process: Feminist Reflections (Routledge, 2010) and Transnationalising Reproduction: Third Party Conception in a Globalised World (Routledge, 2018). I have edited several journal special issues on topics such as sexuality and social theory; visual culture; and feminist epistemology.
Since 2012, I have been co-editor of the journal Sexualities: Studies in Culture and Society.
My research has been funded by the ESRC, Brocher Foundation, the British Academy and UCU.
I have given numerous presentations and papers at conferences and universities in the UK and abroad, including Ireland, Sweden, Italy, the US, Canada, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico and Australia. I was a keynote speaker for conferences at Trinity College Dublin, Stockholm University, Sweden and LSE.
PhD London School of Economics and Political Science
MPhil Trinity College Dublin
BA University College Cork