Associate Professor and Director of Student Experience and Progression (DSEP) for the philosophy department. I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and I am a WIHEA fellow (2017-2020).
My research interests are in Philosophy of Poetry, Aesthetics, Moral Reasoning and the Emotions. I am working on issues around the value of reading poetry in terms of how this experience can enhance our understanding of ourselves and contribute to our sense of moral progress. My current focus is on the potential value of the performed poem, which I connect with the idea of shared emotion. You can read more about my research in this interview by Richard Marshall for 3:AM Magazine.
Before joining the department in 2014, I was a postdoctoral researcher on the AHRC-funded interdisciplinary project 'the Uses of Poetry', University of Birmingham, where I worked with colleagues from literary studies, psychology and education to investigate the benefits of reading poetry for life-long learning. I have also held an Early Career Fellowship (2013) at the Institute for Advanced Study, University of Warwick, where I researched the relationship between poetry and the emotions.
I completed my PhD in Philosophy and Literature (2013) at the University of Warwick, which was supervised by Dr Eileen John. My thesis, entitled, 'Experiencing Lyric Poetry: Emotional Responses, Philosophical Thinking and Moral Inquiry' focused on the philosophical value of reading poetry.
- 'New directions for the Philosophy of Poetry' (forthcoming), Philosophy Compass
- 'Cultivating Intimacy: the use of the second person in lyric poetry' (forthcoming), Philosophy and Literature
- 'The Uses of Poetry: Renewing an Educational Understanding of a Language Art' (2017) with Viv Ellis, Journal of Aesthetic Education 51 (1)
- 'Actual Texts, Possible Meanings: The Uses of Poetry and the Subjunctification of Experience' (2016), with Andrew Green and Viv Eillis, The Uses of Poetry, Special Issue of Changing English, vol. 23 (4)
- ‘Affective and Cognitive Responses to Poetry in the University Classroom,' (2016) with Kate Rumbold, The Uses of Poetry, Special Issue of Changing English, vol. 23 (4)
- 'Beyond Narrative: Poetry, Emotion and the Perspectival View' (2015) British Journal of Aesthetics 55 (4).
- 'On the seeming incompatibility between Poetry and Philosophical Inquiry',(2013) Estetika, The Central European Journal of Aesthetics 50 (1).
Special Journal Issues
The Uses of Poetry, special issue of Changing English (2016), guest edited with Kate Rumbold, vol. 23 (4)
Book reviews and review chapters
- 'Affect theory' (2018), The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 26: 205-224
- 'Affect theory' (2017), The Year's Work in Critical and Cultural Theory 25: 418–435
- 'Bernard Harrison's What is Fiction For? Literary Humanism Restored' (2016), British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (4):424-427.
- 'John Gibson's (ed.) The Philosophy of Poetry,' (2016) British Journal of Aesthetics 56 (3):320-322
- ‘Peter Larkin's Promising Losses: Wordsworth and Coleridge’ (2014), La Questione Romantica 3 (2).
- 'Hearing Meaning and Poetry: In Conversation with Angela Leighton' (2014), PN Review 215, vol. 40 (3). This first appeared as 'Hearing Meaning and Poetry: An Interview with Professor Angela Leighton', (2012) Postgraduate Journal of Aesthetics 9 (3).
Tel: 024 7652 4321
Drop in times (for Advice and Feedback) in term 3: Tuesdays 2-3pm and Wednesdays 10-11am (term time only)
I am available at other times as well -- email for an appointment.
Philosophy in Education (co-taught with Dr Emma Williams)