I have research interests and extensive publications in medieval manuscript production and use; textual cultures of the medieval period; early printed broadsides and pamphlets; radical, polemical, and satirical writing, c.1100 - c.1550; relations between medieval literature and law, politics, and religion; Langland; Lollardy. I have also contributed to the advancement of scholarly and public understanding of medieval manuscripts. Currently I hold a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship for the project Crafting English Letters: A Theory of Medieval Scribal Practice.
I am director of the Vernon Manuscript Project (a collaboration with the Bodleian Library, Oxford, which aims to create an electronic facsimile edition of the largest and most important surviving manuscript of Middle English literature), and the Electronic Catalogue of Vernacular Manuscript Books of the Medieval West Midlands project.
I am a member of the Medieval English Research Cluster in the Department of English, and the Medieval Manuscripts Research Consortium (an inter-university network that supports those with funded research projects and sponsors the PhD training programme Quadrivium), and a partner in the Manuscripts Online project.
I acknowledge the generous support of the following research funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council (Resource Enhancement Scheme (two awards); Research Leave Scheme; and Collaborative National-Scale PhD Training Programme); British Academy (Postdoctoral Fellowships); European Science Foundation (Exploratory Workshops Programme); JISC (e-Content Capital Programme); and the Leverhulme Trust (Research Fellowships and Major Research Fellowships Schemes).