I joined Lincoln in autumn 2016 as the Simon and June Li Fellow in English Literature. I completed my undergraduate degree, master's degree, and PhD at the Queen's University Belfast. In 2012 I crossed the Irish sea and came to Oxford as a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, and afterwards held the post of Departmental Lecturer in the Faculty of English and Worcester College.
At Lincoln I teach Old and Middle English, specifically Prelims Paper 1, Prelims Paper 2, and FHS Paper 2. I also supervise third year dissertations on medieval topics, and offer lectures for the Faculty of English.
My research interests cover the later medieval period, and are concerned with the interconnection and interplay between medical and religious texts. I am especially interested in how texts can evoke emotional responses, belief, doubt, and indeed other complex mental states through their form and style. I am currently completing a monograph on the topic of "soul-health", which will show how certain medieval religious texts aim to treat the soul by evoking specific emotional states within it. This book is the result of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship I was awarded in 2012. In addition to this, I have published a number of articles that explore the relationship between emotion and healing, reading and healing, and medieval grammar and prayer. I am also co-editing a volume of interdisciplinary essays on the subject of fear, which explores how this emotion manifests in the medical and literary imagination from the medieval period to modern times.