I research and teach in literature, law and gender studies, past and present.


My research investigates relationships between gender, text and representation in literary studies and law.

I explore women’s writing from the eighteenth century and Romantic era, with a particular focus on gender and the novel. My book Jane Austen’s Men: Rewriting Masculinity in the Romantic Era has recently been published with Routledge.

I also use legal archives to research women’s legal testimony: how women have used life writing to respond to their experiences of the justice system.

My new research draws these themes into exploring the #metoo movement in relation to questions of women’s testimony, theories of justice and law reform. Stay tuned!

I’m a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, Faculty of Law, Humanities and Arts at the University of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia.


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