I am Lecturer in English Language and Associate Director of Research in the School of English at Birmingham City University. Before joining BCU, I held research positions at Lancaster University's Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science and Security Lancaster, as well as in the WMG Cyber Security Centre at The University of Warwick. I hold an ESRC-funded PhD in Applied Linguistics from Lancaster University and am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
My research interests predominantly centre on the synthesis and application of methods from Corpus Linguistics and (Critical) Discourse Studies to study a broad range of social issues, including nationalism, racism, sexism, and homophobia. My recent work has focused on combining my interests with computational methods for the collection and analysis of large amounts of online social media, forum, and news data to analyse the language of rape threats, far-right nationalism, and antisemitism.
I sit on the steering group of the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Masculinity, Sex and Popular Culture research network. The network brings together academic and non-academic experts to explore the issues and debates around contemporary masculinity, sex and sexuality in order to set an ambitious agenda for subsequent research.