Dean of the Faculty of Education and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
I joined Christ Church in April 2019, after 10 years at Edge Hill University, first as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities and then as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of the Faculty of Education.
Previous to this, I was Assistant Undergraduate Dean and Director the Combined Honours Centre at Newcastle University and before this Head of the Department of English at Oxford Brookes University.
My research interests are historical anthropology, and ethnographic and postcolonial methodologies. I’m currently working on a cultural history of peeping. Stretching from the 16th-century origins of bo-peep (a game of hiding and suddenly reappearing played with children) to peek-a-boo (another game played with children that involves hiding behind something and suddenly reappearing), peeping (unlike the ‘looking quickly’ connotations of peeking) continues the activity of hiding but increasingly involves looking at someone through a narrow opening (as in peephole and peeping Tom). My work follows the cultural history of this, from the 18th century novel (Samuel Richardson’s two novels Pamela and Clarissa) to recent issues around up-skirting.
In my role here I am responsible for the achievement of the Strategic Framework’s objectives within the Faculty of Education, and (as Interim Dean) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. I am also Chair of the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
What are your current priorities?
My current priority is to enhance the Faculty of Education’s profile in the region as the leading provider of new entrants to teaching and the wider children’s workforce in Kent. I also want us to continue making a major contribution to community development and supporting the aspirations of children and young people in the region.
As interim Dean of Arts and Humanities, it is to continue to build the Faculty’s excellent reputation in the region’s creative industries and to promote the public value of the humanities.
What inspires you about Christ Church?
Our core values and our genuinely inclusive approach to all aspects of what we do and how we work.
What are your interests outside of work?
I have one son, who is currently in his final year studying Spanish and Portuguese and, until this autumn, I had a canine companion too. I am a dog lover who enjoys Mexican street food (not for dogs)!