My main research area is the relationship of literature and art in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. I have a recent monograph on this topic, Visions of Britain, 1730–1830: Anglo-Scottish Writing and Representation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). The study has been short-listed for the Saltire Society award for Research Book of the Year 2013, and nominated for the James Russell Lowell Prize, MLA, 2014. A long article on contemporary depictions of the Celtic bard Ossian appeared in a special edition of the journal Translation and Literature in September 2013. I’m currently writing a study of projections of ideal communities for Bloomsbury Academic, entitled Utopia and its Discontents, to be published in 2015.
I am a member of the department's Restoration, Eighteenth Century, and Romanticism research group, and the College of Arts and Law impact action group.