I am a PhD English student researching the ways in which masculinity and male (homo)sexuality were depicted, challenged, and expressed in British pop music within the socio-political context of the Thatcher era (1979-1990). My research employs wide-ranging analysis of the period and relevant popular music cultures, utilising a rich variety of archival resources involving press and televisual material, music videos, as well as promotional ephemera such as vinyl records.
My research interests include depictions of post-war Britain in literature and film, cultural studies, and I am particularly interested in contemporary gender and sexuality studies, specifically queer studies.
Outside of my research, I am the deputy editor for the University’s postgraduate journal Exclamat!on, peer reviewer for the journals of the University of Glasgow, University of Warwick, and University of Edinburgh, and was recently accepted as a contributor for Wales Art Review. I have also taught English to pupils in various programmes seeking to widen the accessibility of higher education, including with the Brilliant Club, the University of Oxford’s OxNet initiative, and the Welsh Government’s Seren Network.