I studied for my BA and MA in English Literature from University College London receiving those degrees in 2003 and 2004. I then moved to Birkbeck and the London Consortium, where I wrote my PhD about literary and cinematic representations of mass housing in London and Paris, graduating in 2008. This research became the basis of my first book, Fictions of the City: Class, Culture and Mass Housing in London and Paris, published by Palgrave in 2009.
At various times I have taught English Literature (and its theoretical, historical and cultural contexts) at UCL, Goldsmiths, Central St Martins, Birkbeck , Camberwell College of Arts, and the Open University. I took up a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the English Department at Queen Mary in 2010. Around the same time I started in my current role as associate editor of Critical Quarterly, a journal of literary criticism, film, cultural studies and creative writing established in 1958 and published by Blackwell-Wiley. I am an active book reviewer and have published reviews in Textual Practice, the Times Literary Supplement, the New Statesman and Critical Quarterly.
I was appointed in the School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing at UEA in 2012, first as a Leverhulme Fellow and then, from September 2013, as a lecturer.