I did my doctoral research on 20th-century Italian poetry and inexpressibility at the University of Oxford (under Professor Peter Hainsworth). I have since worked in the fields of cinema and on intermedial and interartistic practice in Italy. Publications include a monograph on Eugenio Montale for OUP (2002), and two monographs on cinema (Marco Bellocchio: The Cinematic I in the Political Sphere (UTP, 2010); Religion, Identity and Dissent in Contemporary Italian Cinema (forthcoming, UTP, 2017/8), alongside edited books on transmedia (2014) and oppositional cultures under Berlusconi (2009) and numerous articles.
Since 2012, I have been Principal Investigator on a large and active international AHRC-funded project on 20th and 21st century interdisciplinary practice in Italy: www.interdisciplinaryitaly.org.
I have worked at universities in the UK, Italy and Ireland, and collaborate, through the Interdisciplinary Italy project, with galleries (Estorick Collection, London), artists (Studio Azzurro in Milan), and secondary schools. I have organised workshops and given talks and keynote addresses in Australia, the USA, Ireland, Italy, and the UK. I am the research portofolio holder for the Society of Italian Studies (UK and Ireland).
I was appointed as Lecturer in Italian Studies at Birmingham in 2000. I was Head of Italian from 2008-2011, promoted to Reader in 2012 and took on the role of Head of Modern Languages from 2012 to 2015, leading the newly formed Department. I am a founding member of B-Film, the Centre for Film at Birmingham, and was its Co-Director from 2014-15. My interdisciplinary research and ethos has led me to collaborate not just across Languages but also across Humanities, Social Science and Computer Science.