I’m very excited to be joining the Executive Committee of the FWSA. My research specialism is in women’s writing, feminist theory, and mental health. On 1 November I will present my research on the relationship between women in mental distress, their analysts, and the production of privacy in post-war literature at the PAMLA conference in San Diego.
I was first drawn to feminism as a practical way of using academic study to improve women’s lives which has evolved into an interest in mental health more generally, and this is the main reason I would like to become more involved with the FWSA. The organization does a great job of raising awareness about issues related to gender, as well as opening up a space for debate. I’m particularly interested in seeing these issues brought forward in higher education.
Currently I teach for the University of Warwick, and I’m the editorial assistant for The Pacific Review, but this is the first time I have had the opportunity to contribute to an international academic network as a member of the Executive Committee. I look forward to bringing my experience of working with students and interest in gender in higher education to future discussions.