About my work

My research interrogates popular Hollywood and European cinema, with a particular focus on teen film. Other research interests include female authorship, genre cinema and constructions of space. Bringing these areas together, I am currently writing a monograph on Céline Sciamma's Girlhood (2014) as part of Routledge's Cinema and Youth Cultures series

I recently published Rethinking the Hollywood Teen Movie (Edinburgh University Press, 2017), which combines close textual analysis and critical theory to argue that the genre possesses a distinct narrative and aesthetic.  Elsewhere, I have published a number of book chapters and journal articles, including a co-edited collection of original essays on the director and screenwriter, Amy Heckerling. 

Prior to joining the University of Sussex in 2017, I was the convenor of the Writing Lab at University College London, and Assistant Professor at Syracuse University, London, where I led a course of my own design on James Bond and Sherlock Holmes adaptations. 

Professional Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 2016


PhD Film and Television Studies, University of Warwick, 2013

MA Management, University of Durham, 2008

MML (Master of Modern Languages) French and Italian, 2007


Lecturer in Film Studies