I am a writer-researcher and practising psychoanalyst. My work is informed by psychoanalytic, literary, feminist, and queer perspectives.
I studied social and political theory at the University of Warwick before turning my attention to psychoanalysis and the emerging field of psychosocial studies. I gained my PhD from the University of Cambridge’s History and Philosophy of Science Department -- this project informed my first academic monograph, Narcissism and Its Discontents (Palgrave, 2014). I have since co-edited two volumes entitled, Narcissism, Melancholia and the Subject of Community (Palgrave, 2017), and Shame and Modern Writing (Routledge, 2018), as well as published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles (details of which can be found below).
In parallel with my PhD, I completed a clinical training with the Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis (UKCP accredited 2015), and I now maintain a private practice in London. Prior to my appointment at Essex, I held a five-year Global Research Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Warwick, where I was pursuing a project entitled ‘Test Cases in Shameful Sociability’. I am the co-convener of the British Sociological Association's study group for ‘Sociology, Psychoanalysis and the Psychosocial’; I co-edit the field notes section of Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society (Palgrave Macmillan), and I’m a co-editor of the journal Sitegeist: A Journal of Psychoanalysis and Philosophy.
I am currently working on two projects:
1, Face-Work: Investigating the changing role of the face in the therapeutic encounter, 1900 to the present day.
2, Not Mother (a creative-critical writing project that explores what the figure of the ‘not-mother’ may have to offer a world that seems in such dire need of mothering).
I joined the Department of Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Studies as a Lecturer in 2017. I currently hold the positions of Programme Director for the BA in Psychoanalytic Studies, and project lead on the department’s Athena Swan application. I would be interested in hearing from prospective PhD students who feel that their research interests connect well with mine.