I am a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages and Junior Research Fellow at New College, both at Oxford.

My work bridges the Medical and Environmental Humanities by exploring the dynamics between human physical abilities (habit and skill) and the ecologies that they familiarize and shape. My interdisciplinary research draws on German and European modernist literature, philosophy, and dance, and is in dialogue with wider questions of embodied cognition in the cognitive sciences.

My first book (Camden House, 2024) entitled Habituation in German Modernism explores how early-twentieth-century writers imaged the ways in which we adapt to new and/or unfamiliar environments.

My current research project Dancing Modernist Literature is funded by a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. This project explores 21st-century dance adaptations of modernist literature and what these adaptations tell us about the continuing relevance of these modernist texts, imagining anew their concerns around sexuality, disability, aging, and gender through the body.

I am series editor of Brill's Bodies & Abilities in Culture, Literature, and the Arts.

As a former professional ballet dancer, I have danced leading roles in such literary adaptations as The Nutcracker, A Streetcar Named Desire, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night's Dream.


  • Habituation in German Modernism: Embodied Cognition in Literature and Thought
    (Forthcoming with Camden House)




  • Mate (Choreography, premiere: 9 June 2011, TanzArt OstWest Festival, Gießen, Germany)
    'Smashingly funny ... delightful, a highlight' ('Umwerfend komisch ... köstlich, ein Höhepunkt', Heiner Schultz, 11 June 2011, Gießener Anzeiger)