I am a specialist in dance and performance theory. My first monograph, Pina Bausch's Dance Theatre: Tracing the Evolution of Tanztheater, was published by Edinburgh University Press in 2018. I am working on a major new research project exploring the relationship between masculinity and self-injury in performance practice. In 2020, I was selected as an AHRC/BBC New Generation Thinker.
I obtained my PhD in History of Art and Theatre Studies from the University of Glasgow in 2013. I was Lecturer in Design, History and Theory at Glasgow School of Art from 2012-17, a position I held alongside roles in teaching, arts administration, and cultural policy research. In 2015, I was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, before taking up my current post at the University of Edinburgh. In 2017, I was recruited as a Lecturer in Dance at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I offer weekly open-level classes in Floor Barre, and am completing the Pilates Foundation matwork teacher training programme under the guidance of Vanessa Smith.
Dance and movement practice have continually and fundamentally informed my academic research – I have always had the sense that I simultaneously inhabit two distinct but closely related worlds. In this next phase of my work, I am keen to find a closer point of connection between performance practice and analysis, narrowing the gap between my academic and applied interests in dance.