School of English


BA, MA, Tokyo; MA, PhD, Kent

I specialise in colonial discourses of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and my recent research focuses on the intersections between animal studies and postcolonial studies. I am currently working on: 1) imperial beast fables in the nineteenth century; and 2) sea-faring rats in the age of the British Empire. For the latter topic, I recently held a Caird Short-Term Fellowship at the National Maritime Museum, and I am now organising a conference to be held there, entitled ‘Maritime Animals: Telling stories of animals at sea’ (National Maritime Museum, April 26-27, 2019). I am a founding member of the Kent Animal Humanities Network, and edited a collection of essay Cosmopolitan Animals (2015, chief editor) with five animal studies colleagues at Kent.

I have done much work on Rudyard Kipling, including a monograph, Empire of AnalogiesKipling, India and Ireland, and a co-edited collection, Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation, and Postcolonialism. I have also edited with an introduction Kipling’s Plain Tales from the Hills and the Jungle Books for Penguin Classics, and organised two international Kipling conferences with Prof. Jan Montefiore (‘Kipling Conference 2007’ (2007) and ‘Rudyard Kipling: An International Writer’ (2011)).

My other research interests include cosmopolitanism, trans-national networks, and migrant experiences. I have also researched on the Esperanto movement in Britain in the first decades of the 20th century. This project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust. Another area of interest is critical theory and I organised the ‘Dream Writing’ conference with Dr. Sarah Wood in 2005.

Professional affiliation

PSA (Postcolonial Studies Association; Newsletter editor 2008-2011) and Kipling Society​

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Selected Publications


  • Empire of Analogies: Kipling, India and Ireland (Cork UP, 2006)
  • Imperial Beast Fables: Animals, Cosmopolitanism, and the British Empire (Palgrave Macmillan, in preparation)

Edited Collections

  • Cosmopolitan Animals (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015; chief editor, edited with Karen Jones, Donna Landry, Monica Mattfeld, Caroline Rooney and Charlotte Sleigh).
  • Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation, and Postcolonialism, co-edited with Caroline Rooney (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
  • A special issue on Dream Writing, Journal of European Studies 38:4 (2008).

Book chapters

  • ‘Quotations and boundaries: Kipling’s Stalky & Co.’, in Janet Montefiore (ed.), In Time's Eye: Essays on Rudyard Kipling (Manchester University Press, 2013).
  • ‘‘’Tis optophone which ontophanes”: race, the modern and Irish revivalism:’, in Len Platt (ed.), Race and Modernism(Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • ‘Kipling and Gender’, in Howard Booth (ed.), Cambridge Companion to Rudyard Kipling (Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • ‘Ex-Patriotism’, co-written with Ben Grant, in Caroline Rooney and Kaori Nagai (eds), Kipling and Beyond: Patriotism, Globalisation and Postcolonialism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)
  • ‘“The New Bilingualism”: Cosmopolitanism in the era of Esperanto’ in Janet Wilson, Cristina Sandru and Sarah Lawson Welsh (eds), Re-routing the Postcolonial: New Directions for the New Millennium (Routledge, 2010), 48-59.

Journal articles

  • ‘God and His Doubles: Kipling and Conrad’s “The Man who would be King”’, in Julia Kuehn and Tamara Wagner (eds), Re-Imagining the Victorian OrientCritical Survey 21:1 (Spring 2009): 88-102.
  • ‘Dream Shibboleth’, Dream Writing, in Kaori Nagai (ed.), Journal of European Studies 38: 4 (2008), 421-30.
  • ‘The Writing on the Wall: The Commemoration of the Indian Mutiny in the Delhi Durbar, and Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Little House at Arrah’’, Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies 7:1 (2005), 84-96.
  • ‘Florence Nightingale and the Irish Uncanny’, Feminist Review 77 (August 2004), 26-45.
  • ‘A Harem in the Home: The Deceased Wife’s Sister Bill and the Colonisation of the English Hearth’, in Robert Dingley, Jennifer McDonell and Catherine Waters (eds), Special Issue: ‘The Erotic Empire: Sexuality, Gender and Power in Britain and Beyond’, AVSJ (Australasian Victorian Studies Journal) 8 (December 2002), 45-59.


  • An introduction and notes to Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Books (Penguin Classics, 2013)
  • An introduction and notes to Rudyard Kipling, Plain Tales from the Hills (Penguin Classics, 2011)
  • An introduction to Abe Kobo, Face of Another (Penguin Modern Classics, 2006), v-xi.
  • Appendices to Lyn Innes’s An Introduction to Post-Colonial Literatures (Cambridge UP, 2007) [glossary, biographies of selected postcolonial writers, and brief colonial histories: Australia, the Caribbean, East Africa, India and Pakistan, Ireland, West Africa], 233-273.
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During the Academic Year 2017/18  I will be teaching:

  • EN333: Romanticism and Critical Theory (Stage 1)
  • EN709: Animals, Humans, Writing (Stage 3)
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Last Updated: 19/09/2018