BA (Hons) Literature, Life and Thought with History - JMU
MA Science Fiction Studies - The University of Liverpool
PhD - ˜The Outsider Within: Explorations of the Science Fiction of Octavia E Butler - Birmingham City University
Speculative fiction; women's writing; children's literature; feminist theory; African American Literature. Currently working on the uses of religious narratives in speculative fiction in the work of black women writers of the African diaspora.
'Subversion through Inclusion: Octavia Butler's Interrogation of Religion in Xenogenesis and Wild Seed', FEMSPEC Special Edition: Speculative Black Women: Magic, Fantasy and the Supernatural, publication Spring 2005.
'A Third Space for Cyborg Politics' in Language and Marginality, ed. by Steve McGill (Exeter UP, 2000).
'Exorcising the Past: The Slave Narrative as Historical Fantasy', The Feminist Review, publication Spring 2007.
"Serving the Spirits": Emergent Identities in Nalo Hopkinson's Speculative Fiction', A Commonwealth of Science Fiction, Liverpool Foresight Centre, August 2004.
'Controlling the Word: Authority and Exegesis in Octavia Butler's Parables', Spiritual Identities, The University of Lancaster, November 2004.
'Exorcising the Past: the Slave Narrative as Historical Fantasy,' Hystorical Fictions' Conference, The University of Wales, Swansea, 5-7 August 2003.
'The Order and Disorder of Things: The Containment and Liberation of Disease in Octavia Butler's Science Fiction', The University of Central England, September 2003.