Researcher biography


My research focuses on contemporary fiction, and on student engagement and the pedagogy of reading well.

Postgraduate and Honours Supervisions

I have supervised to completion 14 PhDs and MPhils and 24 honours theses, and am interested in talking with prospective students whose proposals address nineteenth-, twentieth- and twenty-first-century fiction.

Past and current supervisions have focused on the works of, among others, Jane Austen, Anne Bronte, Kate Chopin, Elizabeth Bowen, Angela Carter, A. S. Byatt, Pat Barker, Barbara Kingsolver, Ian McEwan, and Sarah Waters. Critical approaches have extended from issues of identity, memory and trauma, neo-Victorianism, metafiction and intertextuality.

Teaching and Pedagogical Research

I teach contemporary fiction at honours and undergraduate level. Contemporary authors taught represent a range of national literatures and include Alison Bechdel, J. M. Coetzee, Damon Galgut, Mohsin Hamid, Barbara Kingsolver, Ian McEwan, and Ruth Ozeki. Courses in the long nineteenth century have included Jane Austen, Kate Chopin, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Virginia Woolf, along with non-fiction.

I am a participant researcher in a 2011-2013 Australian Learning and Teaching Council cross-institutional project that researched and developed practical skills designed to encourage students to become better readers, and thus better writers and researchers.

In Semester 1 2013 I held a UQ Learning and Innovation Fellowship that allowed me to test and develop a flipped classroom project that fostered online and classroom student engagement and better reading through online assessment.

I am particularly interested in the practical aspects of developing research communities among students and between students and staff members. I have fostered an ongoing mentoring project for honours and postgraduate students, and supported a staff-student research project into the pastoral.

Areas of research