Researcher, Teacher, Writer


Joan is a researcher, writer, and teacher based at the University of Bristol where she has worked since 2016. She is currently a lecturer in English literature and she specialises in Victorian literature, the environmental humanities, and the Gothic.

She completed her BA at the University of Exeter, M.St. at the University of Oxford, then her PhD back at the University of Exeter in February 2020, supervised by Professor Nick Groom and Professor William Hughes, and examined by Professor Jason Hall and Professor Andrew Smith. 

Joan has previously taught at the University of Exeter, University of Greenwich, and University of Plymouth, and has done outreach work with the Sutton Trust, Insight Summer Schools, and the Oxford Knowledge Project. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  • Associate Reviews Editor for the British Society of Literature and Science

  • BBC New Generation Thinker Finalist 2020

  • Oxford Centre for Life Writing and Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 2018-2019

  • Tom Jarman Scholar at Gladstone's Library, 2018

  • Former Postgraduate Representative for the University of Exeter's Centre for Victorian Studies

  • Former University of Exeter Representative for Dickens Universe, Santa Cruz

  • Cornish Heritage Trust Bursary winner