Lola joined the department in 2019 as Associate Lecturer. Before this she was a Wolfson-funded PhD candidate (York) and a Fulbright Scholar, completing a research fellowship at Stanford University in 2017-18.
Lola’s research interests include 20th and 21st century American writing, literary institutions, the intersections between literature and linguistics, the short story form, the American essay, African American film and literature, and contemporary film. Her research focuses on the role of grammar in 20th century American literature through the work of Gertrude Stein, Lydia Davis, and David Foster Wallace. In particular, she looks at how institutional, cultural, philosophical, and formal ideas about grammar interact with questions of authority, democracy, race, gender, and American national identity. Her work has appeared in Post45 and AJAS. Lola is committed to teaching excellence and is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.