I have research interests in spoken and written discourse analysis, health communication, reception studies, language and gender, masculinity and popular culture, interactional sociolinguistics and educational linguistics.
I am a Senior Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics in the Division of Literature and Languages. I am a discourse analyst and my primary research focus is on the relationship between discourse and identity. I have published articles and chapters on discourse and reader identity, on discourses and representations of masculinity in popular culture, and on tutorial discourse and student identity. I am the co-author (with Elizabeth Stokoe) of Discourse and Identity which was shortlisted for the BAAL bookprize in 2007, and co-author (with James Procter) of Reading Across Worlds: Transnational Book Groups and the Reception of Difference. I am editor of Masculinity and Men's Lifestyle Magazines and co-editor (with James Procter and Gemma Robinson) of a Special Issue of New Formations (Reading After Empire) and of a Routledge edited collection: Postcolonial Audiences: Readers, Viewers and Reception.
I was co-investigator on an AHRC-funded project (2007-2010): Devolving Diasporas: Migration and Reception in Central Scotland, 1980- present (http://www.devolvingdiasporas.com/) with James Procter (University of Newcastle), Gemma Robinson (University of Stirling), and Jackie Kay (University of Newcastle). This project involved the analysis of reading group discussions (of 'diasporic' literature), both in Scotland and transnationally.
May McCreaddie (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health) and I are engaged in a project looking at healthcare interactions in NHS settings from a conversation analytical perspective for which we were awarded Research Enterprise Support Scheme monies (University of Stirling) to launch a pilot study and related symposium. A series of publications relating to healthcare communication are forthcoming.