• Who am I?

    Who am I?

    I’m the Faculty Student Experience Coordinator in the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science. This means that I support the work of our Faculty in a number of key areas, such as Induction, Personal Tutoring, and Peer Mentoring. I also teach German on our university-wide language programme. My research interests lie in the field of popular culture, particularly genre fiction. Because of my background in German Studies, I look at how German culture and Germany itself is represented in UK and US fiction. My most recent work has been on a US crime novelist who set one of his books in Berlin, and on a British children's author who drew heavily on the German fairy-tale tradition that we know from the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm. For my next project, I'm hoping to look at post-Victorian steampunk set during World War I.

    Outside of work I am a reader, a gamer and a music-lover. I enjoy collecting Arkham House books and playing World of Warcraft.

    Why do I teach?

    I enjoy teaching my subject, of course, but I am also very interested in talking to students about their studies in general. That's what drives my work as our Student Experiance Coordinator.

    Words of wisdom

    As teachers, we are also very interested in what students have to say. A good educational experience is very much a two-way process!

  • Academic Biography

    Academic and professional qualifications




  • Teaching & Research Supervision

    Why study German?

    Studying any foreign language is a good addition to your other studies, and a valuable enhancement to your CV. German is one of the key languages of the early twenty-first century because of the huge importance of Germany within European politics and the world economy.

    Undergraduate courses

    German language classes on our university-wide language programme.

  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    My research interests lie in the field of popular culture, particularly genre fiction.

    • Current work in progress

      • Chapters in books

        “Guys and Dolls: Power and Gender in Jeremy de Quidt’s The Toymaker”

    • Publications

      • Refereed journal articles

        “Teaching a new dog old tricks: SAT.1’s TV show Kommissar Rex”, Journal of Popular Culture, Volume 34, Number 3 (2000)

        “The Root of All Evil in Agatha Christie and Sabine Deitmer”, New Comparison, Number 35/36 (2003)

      • Chapters in books

        “Giving the Public What it Wants? Editorial Policy at Ariadne”, in F. de Diego & A. Schwartz (eds.), Rethinking Violence and Patriarchy for the New Millenium, Ottawa (2002)

        “Silence is Golden? The Short Fiction of Pieke Biermann”, in N. M. Alter & L. Koepnick (eds.), Sound Matters: Essays on the Acoustics of Modern German Culture, New York; Oxford (2004)

        “More than skin deep? Ideals of beauty in the romance novels of Hedwig Courths-Mahler”, in M. Cowan & K. M. Sicks (eds.), Leibhafte Moderne: Körper in Kunst und Massenmedien 1918 bis 1933, Bielefeld (2005)

        “’Bestialisch dahingeschlachtet’: extreme violence in German crime fiction”, in Helen Chambers (ed.), Violence, Culture and Identity: Essays on German and Austrian Literature, Politics and Society, Bern (2006)

        “Cultural Identity in Swiss German Detective Fiction”, in Marieke Krajenbrink & Kate M. Quinn (eds.), Investigating Identities: Questions of Identity in Contemporary International Crime Fiction, Amsterdam, New York (2009)

        “No Man’s Land: Fiction and Reality in Buddy Giovinazzo’s Potsdamer Platz”, in Gwyneth Cliver & Carrie Smith-Prei (eds.), Bloom and Bust: Urban Landscapes in the East since German Reunification, New York; Oxford (2015)

      • Other

        [Review] Barbara Burns and Joy Charnley (eds.), Crossing Frontiers: Cultural Exchange and Conflict. Papers in Honour of Malcolm Pender, in Comparative Literature Studies, Volume 50, Issue 3 (2013)

        [Book Review] Lynn M. Kutch & Todd Herzog (eds.), Tatort Germany: The Curious Case of German-Language Crime Fiction in Journal of Contemporary European Studies, Volume 23, Issue 2 (2015)