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I am a Senior Lecturer in English in Education. I was born in the UK and moved to Australia as a teenager. I majored in English at the University of Adelaide, before completing a PhD in Education at the University of Cambridge. I was awarded an AHRC-funded PhD studentship on the cultural value of Shakespeare at the Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, graduating in 2011. I continue my affiliation there as a Visiting Lecturer on several MA programmes.
My previous departmental roles include:
I currently run the department's Twitter account (@DeptEdYork).
I previously served on the steering committee of the York Learning and Teaching Forum, with particular responsibility for workshop topics.
My ongoing research programmes focus on Shakespeare in popular culture, particularly television and social media, as well as Shakespeare in education in East and South East Asia. These extend my previous work on Shakespeare in UK policy and pedagogy, captured in my 2015 monograph Shakespeare Valued: Education policy and pedagogy, 1989-2009 (Bristol: Intellect). I welcome application from prospective research students in related areas.
My research is published in journals including Borrowers and Lenders, Cahiers Élisabéthains, The Drama Review, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, Shakespeare Survey and Use of English. I have contributed items to the volumes Broadcast Your Shakespeare, The Cambridge Guide to the Worlds of Shakespeare, The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare and Year of Shakespeare.
I have received numerous grants from the British Academy, British Council, ESRC, GB Sasakawa Foundation and World Universities Network. I won the York-Waikato staff exchange in 2012.
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My PhD students, supervised to completion, include Dr Daniel Xerri on the teaching of poetry in Malta (with Dr Nick McGuinn) and Dr Chelsea Swift on reading identities of young people in East Yorkshire.
My current PhD students work on Shakespeare for rehabilitation, Shakespeare and human rights, and Chinese parents' use of English-language picture books (with Dr Clementine Beauvais).
I have given research seminars, pre-show talks, public lectures, workshops and attended conferences in Adelaide, Bergen, Birmingham, Brighton, Canberra, Canterbury, Chicago, Glasgow, Hanoi, Helsingor, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Hull, London, Lodz, Melbourne, Newcastle, New Delhi, New Orleans, Nottingham, Oxford, Prague, Seoul, Statford-upon-Avon, Takasaki, Telemark, Tokyo, Toronto, Vancouver, Warwick, Washington DC and Worcester. I regularly undertake international recruitment activities for the department in East Asia.
I write frequenty for online publications such as Reviewing Shakespeare and I have contributed pieces to The Conversation and British Sociological Association postgraduate forum.