About

I am Chancellor’s Fellow at University of Edinburgh. I was previously Lecturer/Assistant Professor (Ad Astra Fellow) at University College Dublin, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at University of Warwick, and Teaching Fellow in Contemporary and Postcolonial Literature at University of Birmingham. I have also taught at University of York.

My monograph Hydrofictions: Water, Power and Politics in Israeli and Palestinian Literature was published in 2020 by Edinburgh University Press. It was shortlisted for the 2021 ASLE-UKI Book Prize. I am now writing my second monograph, titled Water Crisis and World Literature.

I have wider interests in resource politics, feminist and queer theory, animal studies, and popular culture.

My research has been funded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Leverhulme Trust, the BA-RIA Knowledge Frontiers scheme, and competitive internal schemes at UCD and York.

From 2013-2015 I coordinated the interdisciplinary, AHRC-funded research network ‘Imagining Jerusalem, c. 1099 to the Present Day’. You can read more about the network on our archived blog: http://jerusalems.wordpress.com/.

Education

PhD Department of English and Related Literature, University of York, co-supervised Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, funded by White Rose Universities Consortium.

MA Cultures of Empire, Resistance and Postcoloniality, University of York (Distinction)

BA (Jt Hons) English Studies and Philosophy, University of Nottingham (First)

Publications

Books:

Hydrofictions: Water, Power and Politics in Israeli and Palestinian Literature. Edinburgh University Press, 2020.

Articles

‘Theorising the Gay Frog’, Environmental Humanities, 2022.

‘Borrowed Waters: Water Crisis and Water Justice in Rita Wong’s undercurrent‘, Textual Practice, 2021.

‘The Water Wars Novel’, Humanities, 2020.

‘”A river without water”: Hydropolitics and the River Jordan in Palestinian Literature’, Journal of Commonwealth Literature (2016)

‘”Planted over the past’: Ideology and Ecology in Israel’s National Eco-Imaginary, Green Letters (2012)

Book chapters:

Forthcoming:

‘Water and Waste in Contemporary Palestinian Literature’, The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, ed. Deckard, De Loughry, Oloff and Westall

‘Hydrocultures’, The Routledge Handbook of Energy Humanities, ed. Graham McDonald and Janet Stewart

Co-written with Nicole Seymour. ‘Captive audiences: quarantining with Tiger King’, in Jaimie Baron and Kristen Fuhs (eds), Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness: A Docalogue (Abingdon: Routledge, 2021).

Review essays:

‘”To irrigate is to govern”: recent studies in hydropolitics’, Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2017)

‘Rachel Havrelock’s River Jordan and Alexandra Nocke’s The Place of the Mediterranean in Modern Israeli Identity‘, Jewish Quarterly (2013)

Online:

‘Girls Like Us’, in ‘Legacies — 9/11 and the War On Terror at Twenty’, Post-45, 11 September 2021.

‘The Doctor’s Knife: review of Silvia Federici, Beyond the Periphery of the Skin‘, Radical Philosophy, 2021.

Wrote for, edited and commissioned guest posts for the blog of the AHRC-funded research network ‘Imagining Jerusalem, c. 1099 to the Present Day’.

Blog Posts

    Projects

    Water Crisis and World Literature – current monograph project.

    Memberships

    Association for the Study of Literature and Environment UK and Ireland (ASLE-UKI)

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