My research and teaching focuses on three main areas of literature and culture:
I grew up in Wellington (well, Johnsonville) and began my studies with a BSc in Chemistry and an MA in English at Victoria University of Wellington. From there, I completed a PhD in English at Duke University, supported by a Fulbright Scholarship, under the supervision of the inestimable Kathy Alexis Psomiades.
My first job was in the Division of English at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. I returned to New Zealand to take up a position in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey University in 2010. I live in Palmerston North, two hours north of Wellington, with my wife and our four children.
- Aerial view of the Manawatu River and surrounding plains, between 1920s-1940s. Reference Number: 1/4-019720-F. Photographer: William Hall Raine. Film negative. Photographic Archive, Alexander Turnbull Library.
- Map of the country sections of Manawatu and Horowenua [sic]. ca. 1842. Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, NZ Map 5510.
- The Manawatu, 1873, New Zealand, by Charles Decimus Barraud. Gift of the New Zealand Academy of Fine Arts, 1936. Te Papa (1936-0012-245)