In the ‘research’ tab at the top of the page, you can find information about the academic work I have done, and am currently pursuing, as well as my teaching interests. However, outside of my academic life, I am also a person, with a body and hobbies and interests and opinions, some of which are detailed here (and I’m very happy to talk about further).
I am enthusiastic, sensitive, extroverted, driven, anxious, generous, and a perfectionist. I try to be as kind and enthusiastic as possible: “I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. He taught me that if you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good, either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.” — Roald Dahl, My Uncle Oswald
I think women deserve equal everything, black lives matter, and trans women are women (and trans men are men), among other things. I am also still and always learning about making my feminism intersectional through engagement with social justice issues such as racism, ableism and LGBT+ issues, and feel it’s important that I’m corrected about stuff by people who know more than me.
I enjoy collecting crafty hobbies, including dressmaking, cross-stitch, embroidery, nail art and card-making. I will always endeavour to have something on the go, as it brings me joy and settles my nerves. You can see some of my outputs on my crafts page. I also dance, play board/video games, explore the countryside, and recreationally terrorise my cats.
I watch simultaneously too much television and not enough. Sitcoms, drama, quiz shows, documentaries, reality TV – it all has its place in my life at different times and I love it all. A few favourites: anything Mike Schur has ever created (Parks and Recreation, Brooklyn Nine Nine, The Good Place), Pointless, Only Connect, The Good Wife, Stranger Things, Taskmaster, Star Trek: TNG, Strictly Come Dancing, Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
I read a lot for work, and am honestly not great at reading for pleasure. However, I enjoy a lot of non-fiction, some fiction and many graphic novels and comic books. Recent favourites include Alan Bennet’s entire output, The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet and A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers, and the comic series Lumberjanes.
I listen to pop, pop-punk and musicals soundtracks, mainly. Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha have put out the best albums of the last five years, and yes, I’m still obsessed with Hamilton.
I wear all the colours and patterns, always.