Bachelor of Arts, 1st Class Hons & Medallist, University of Sydney;
PhD, University of Cambridge
I am an expert on the history of literature, with particular expertise in nineteenth-century literature, literary sound studies, and literature & photography. My current book projects explore aspects of literature's enduring engagement with riotous activity. My monograph Riotous Lives and Literary Writing is in progress and a co-edited collection Writing the Global Riot. Literature in a Time of Crisis is forthcoming with Oxford University Press in 2023. I am also co-editing (with Julian Murphet) The Edinburgh Companion to Sound & Literary Studies, forthcoming with Edinburgh University Press in 2023.
After completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge, I taught at the University of Exeter before returning to Australia where I have held positions at the University of Melbourne, Macquarie University, and an Australian Research Council Fellowship at the University of Sydney. I came to UNSW in 2010 to take up an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2010-2014) in the School of Arts and Media. I am a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and was Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences from 2017-2019.
I am the sole author of 2 books Victorian Photography and Literary Nostalgia (Oxford University Press, 2003/2004) and Moving Images. Nineteenth-Century Reading and Screen Practices (Edinburgh University Press, 2013), as well as the co-author of a third monograph (with Natalya Lusty), Dreams and Modernity. A Cultural History (Routledge, 2013). The latter research on dreams and the history of the science of mind was funded by an ARC Discovery Grant (2010-2013). I have also coedited a number of books and special issues of journals including a special issue of Textual Practice ‘On Anachronism’ (2012), Sounding Modernism (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), and Mindful Aesthetics. Literature and the Science of Mind (New York: Bloomsbury, 2013).
My recent research on rioting and the literary archive is funded by an Australian Research Council Grant (2018-2021).
Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, 2016.
Dean's Award for Outstanding Research Leadership, 2019.
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (with Jumana Bayeh and Julian Murphet) 2018-2021
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (with Natalya Lusty) 2010 - 2013
Australian Research Council Future Fellow, University of New South Wales 2010 - 2014
Macquarie University Research Development Grant 2006 - 2009
Australian Research Council Fellow, University of Sydney 1998 - 2001
Australian Research Council Discovery Grant 2003 - 2005
Macquarie Early Career Research Grant 2005.