I received my PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2006 and my MA from Queen’s University in 2001. Prior to joining Laurier, I was an assistant professor at the University of Southern Mississippi from 2007-2011.
I recently completed a monograph entitled Out of his Mind: Masculinity and mental illness in Victorian Britain. The main focus of this research is on representations of men’s mental illness in Victorian culture. This project entails a multi-textual approach, including medical registers, fiction, autobiographies and popular media. Ideas about mental illness were as much a creation of popular culture as medical research, and my work explores those connections.
I previously completed a SSHRC-funded digital humanities project on contrasting views of Jack the Ripper’s London. This heart of the project is titled "Mapping Ripper's Whitechapel," an open-access website tracing popular representations of crime, poverty, and sexuality in the Victorian press from 1885-1895.
I am currently working on a SSHRC-funded project on ideas of men's mental illness in the British military before shell shock. This project focusses on military psychiatry and treatment options at the time.
I am happy to supervise graduate students in the areas of Victorian gender, culture, war, sexuality and psychiatry in Britain and its empire.
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