My main field of research interest is the relationship between literature, science and technology, particularly in the eighteenth century. My forthcoming book, Imagining Solar Energy, argues that the literary, artistic and mythical resonances of solar power – from the Renaissance to the present day – have not only been inspired by, but have also cultivated and sustained its scientific and technological development. My first monograph Swift and Science (2012) explores how literature, and particularly satire, can be an active and unique participant in debates about enquiries into nature. As a post-doctoral research fellow I worked on the Cambridge University Press edition of Swift's A Tale of a Tub (2010) with Professor Marcus Walsh. I am currently co-editing (with Professor Paul Baines) the 'Early Prose' volume of the OUP Works of Alexander Pope, and writing a political biography of the eighteenth-century physician, mathematician and satirist Dr John Arbuthnot. I would especially welcome enquiries regarding postgraduate study of: literature, science, technology and the environment; energy humanities; the long eighteenth century; eighteenth-century Liverpool writing.
As Interim Head of Department this academic year (2019-20), I won't have an academic support drop-in time (office hour), but appointments can be arranged with me via email.
Prizes or Honours
- Richard H. Rodino Prize (The Ehrenpreis Center for Swift Studies, 2013)
- Shortlisted for BSLS Book Prize 2013 (British Society for Literature and Science, 2013)
- Research Fellowship (Leverhulme Trust, 2016)