PhD, University of Strathclyde (began Oct. 2015; in progress), English. Supervisors: Eleanor Bell, David Kinloch. Researching the performance of authentic selfhood in contemporary performance poetry in the U.K. context. Supported in this research by a HASS Studentship and by the St. Andrew’s Society of Washington D.C. Founder’s Prize for 2016-17.
MRes, University of Strathclyde ’15. English. “Narratives of Scottish History and Identity in Pro-Independence Poetry written for the 2014 Referendum.” Supervisor: Eleanor Bell. Supported in this research by a UK-US Fulbright Award.
BA, Bates College ’14. Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude. English, Dance (minor Educational Studies). Senior English honors thesis was entitled Scottish Nostalgias: Evocations of Home in the 1990s Poetry of Carol Ann Duffy, Jackie Kay, and Kathleen Jamie.
She also co-organised the conference Poetic Politics: Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, One Year On at the National Library of Scotland in September 2015, and co-edited the anthology Aiblins: New Scottish Political Poetry, published Oct. 2016 by Luath Press.
Conferences & Presentations
“The effect of mediatised publication on the field of contemporary performance poetry.” HASS: The Digital Human Conference (Glasgow, Sep. 12, 2016)
Co-Organiser, Poetic Politics: Culture and the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum, One Year On. Sep. 23, 2015 at the National Library of Scotland.
“Colonial Narratives and Victimhood in Pro-Independence Poetry written for the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum” Delivered at the University of Strathclyde Seminar Series (Glasgow, July 7, 2015)
“The Use of Performance Poetry to Encourage a Perception of Artists as Grassroots in the 2014 Scottish Independence Referendum” Delivered at the New Papers in Contemporary British Poetry Conference (University of Dundee, March 22, 2015)