Thesis title: Shelter at the Border: Writing Back from the State of Exception
PhD in English Literature
Year of study: 3
- School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures
I did my undergraduate and masters degrees in English and Spanish Literature and Comparative Literature at the University of Auckland. I began my PhD at Edinburgh in September 2015, funded by the AHRC. At Edinburgh, I tutor English Literature and am active in supporting intiatives to improve conditions for PhD students and tutors. I have led and supported creative writing and reading groups for new migrants to Edinburgh and Glasgow, and have co-organised events to help PhD students engage with asylum seeking and other new migrant communities in Scotland. I am a writer and editor for the postgraduate blog Inciting Sparks and was a James Tait Black Prize reader for 2016 and 2017.
- MA Comparative Literature, University of Auckland
- BA (Hons) English and Spanish Literature, University of Auckland
English Literature 2
My research interests broadly include postcolonial and diasporia studies, feminism and queer theory, as well as critical theory, in particular concerning space, affect, and the body. I am particularly interested in notions of shelter, sanctuary and refuge and the way art elucidates where discourse and material reality meet and part ways.