I am currently Head of English in the Department of Culture and Languages at the University of Stavanger.
I have just published my monograph Beards and Masculinity in American Literature (Routledge 2020). This book celebrates canonical beards in canonical works in the history of American writing. From Walt Whitman to Ernest Hemingway, the chapters argue for the symbolic power of beard - on the face and on the page - as an object that carries the issues that impact the everyday performance of masculinity.
I teach literature and literary theory courses at BA and MA level. I also supervise BA and MA theses on a range of topics connected to British, Irish, and American literatures.
Journal articles and book chapters
• “The Periodical and the Flâneur in Early American Writing.” New York: A Literary History. Ed. Ross Wilson. Cambridge University Press, 2020, 165-179.
• “Writing Men on the Margins: Joseph Mitchell, Masculinity and the Flâneur in New York City." Literary Journalism Studies. Vol. 9 No. 2 (Fall 2017): 52-73.
• “The Beard, Masculinity, and Otherness in the Contemporary American Novel.” Journal of American Studies Vol. 51 No. 1 (Feb 2017): 163-182.
• “Writing Men: Recognising the Sociological Impact of Counter-Hegemonic Masculinities in American Fiction.” Masculinities and Social Change. Vol.2 No.2 (2013): 146-166.
• “Paul Auster and Models of American Fatherhood: Reading Counter Hegemonic Father Figures in Auster’s fiction.” Paul Auster: Special Issue of Critical Engagements. Ed. Mark Brown (Lulu, 2013) 20-32.
• “An Interpretation of Masculinity in Manhattan: Reading Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder.” Atlantis (Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies). Vol. 34 No.2 (Dec 2012): 49-65.
• “Reading Manhattan, Reading American Masculinity: Reintroducing the flâneur with E.B. White’s Here is New York and Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed.” Culture, Society and Masculinities. Vol. 3 No.1 (2011): 49-61.