I am a Research Fellow, funded by the Wellcome Trust, at Northumbria University’s Humanities Department (UK). I write about contemporary culture, crises, and the politics of time. I’m particularly interested in fiction, non-fiction, film, TV, and digital culture responding to twenty-first-century anxieties and crises that range from climate breakdown and other apocalyptic threats for my first book to the sleep crisis for my second book project. My research considers the understandings of time that shape these crises and our sense of self.
- PhD in American Studies (University of Nottingham, UK, 2015)
- FHEA (Fellow of The UK Higher Education Academy, 2018)
- MPhil in Philosophy (Università degli Studi di Milano, IT, 2010, with an Erasmus year at Paris IV Sorbonne, FR)
- BA (Hons) in Philosophy (Università degli Studi di Milano, IT, 2008)
Research and Publications:
As Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at Northumbria (Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science), I am currently working on my new book project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis: 24/7 Capitalism and Neoliberal Subjectivity”, an analysis of how sleep, and lack thereof, is represented in contemporary writings across fiction, non-fiction, and digital culture. This project was also awarded funding from the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship) and, as Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow, I will be developing parts of the project in Italy, at Politecnico di Milano’s META (Social Sciences and Humanities for Science and Technology). “Writing the Sleep Crisis” is a deeply interdisciplinary research project. Throughout the duration of the project, I will be working closely with sleep psychologists, as well as philosophers and social scientists of technology.
My main completed research project to date has focussed on the contemporary apocalyptic imagination. My book on the topic, The Contemporary Post-Apocalyptic Novel: Critical Temporalities and the End Times, is out with Bloomsbury. You can read the book’s introduction here.
My criticism, essays and reviews have appeared in venues like boundary 2 online, ASAP/J, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, Open Library of Humanities, C21 Literature: Journal of 21st-Century Writing, edited collections published by Palgrave and Cambridge University Press, and elsewhere. You can find a full list of my academic publications here, or you can navigate my publications, divided by topic, here. Some of the talks I’ve given on my research are available to view/listen to here.
My current research project, “Writing the Sleep Crisis”, was awarded funding from the Wellcome Trust (Research Fellowship in Humanities and Social Science) and the European Commission (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship).
In 2017, I was a Research Fellow at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin (USA), supported by an Alfred A. and Blanche W. Knopf Research Fellowship in the Humanities. At the Ransom Center, I was researching the previously unexplored Jim Crace Papers. In 2012 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for the Humanities, Utrecht University (NL), supported by an Erasmus Mundus grant. My doctoral research at the University of Nottingham (UK) on the contemporary post-apocalyptic novel was funded by a VC Excellence Research EU Scholarship.
In the UK, I previously lectured at the University of Birmingham (2017-2020), De Montfort University (2017), Harlaxton College (2016), the University of Lincoln (2016), and the University of Nottingham (2014-2016). I have extensive experience teaching literature and culture across periods and forms but my teaching specialisms are in contemporary fiction, utopias and dystopias, C20-C21 North American literature and culture, literary and critical theory, and postmodernism.
Committee Work and Services:
I co-founded Contemporary Studies Network and I sit on the Executive Committee of the British Association for Contemporary Literary Studies. You can find an up-to-date list of conferences, workshops, and events I’ve organised here.
I am committed to making my research accessible to a general audience. The full list of my media and public-facing writings is here. A selection of highlights, including media publications, festival work, and podcasts, can be seen below:
Full CV available upon request.