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 entitled Out of his Mind: Masculinity and mental illness in Victorian Britain. The main focus of my 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 ideas of shell shock. It explores military psychiatry, ideas of trauma and the horrors of war in the nineteenth century.
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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