I was born in Stirling, raised in nearby Tullibody, and spent a fair bit of my childhood chasing ducks around the university campus. I returned to Stirling in 2019, joining the university as Lecturer in Scottish Literature, having previously held posts at the Universities of Kent and Glasgow.
My research focuses on Scottish literature and art in the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries, with a particular emphasis on the 1890s. My monograph, The Fin-de-Siècle Scottish Revival: Romance, Decadence and Celtic Identity (Edinburgh University Press, 2019), explores the ways in which dissident fin-de-siècle styles and ideas were embraced by Scottish writers and artists hoping to develop a comparable cultural revival to the Irish Literary Revival. In 2015, the PhD project that this monograph developed from was awarded the Ross Roy Medal for Excellence in Research in Scottish Literature, judged by the Universities’ Committee for Scottish Literature.
In 2020, I completed an edition of literary correspondence between Robert Louis Stevenson and J. M. Barrie (Sandstone Press, 2020). This project began in 2016, when I held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Beinecke Library, Yale University.
I am currently CI on the RSE-funded project, 'The Scottish Revival Network' (PI: Dr Scott Lyall, Napier). Between 2019 and 2020, I was CI on another RSE-funded project, 'Scottish Cosmopolitanism at the Fin de Siècle' (PI: Dr Matthew Creasy, Glasgow). I am Director of the Scottish Centre for Victorian and Neo-Victorian Studies and, from 2016-18, I served on the advisory board of the AHRC Popular Occulture in Britain 1875-1947 network.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Current PhD Supervisees
Elaine Morrison-Jures, No Handmaid’s Tale: A Critical Study of the Life and Work of Helen Burness Cruickshank
Isla Macfarlane, Books, Borrowers and Visitors at the Library of Innerpeffray, 1855-1897