I am Professor of American Literature at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

My most recent book is Beards and Masculinity in American Literature (Routledge). This book celebrates canonical beards in canonical works of American writing – from Walt Whitman to Ernest Hemingway – as well as discussing the range of issues that beards evoke with regards to the everyday performance of masculinity.

I also have a podcast called Writing Beards. You can listen to it here on Spotify or Apple Podcasts. Season 2 is coming soon.

My research is focused mainly on representations of gender and masculinity in American Literature. I have published two monographs and a range of articles that discuss representations of men and masculinities in 19th, 20th, and 21st century American writing. I also have broader interests in the flaneur and urban writing, trauma and literature, the Spanish Civil War, and the writings of Federico Garcia Lorca.

I teach American Literature, Contemporary Literature, and Literary Theory courses at BA and MA level. I also supervise BA and MA theses on a range of topics connected to British, Irish, and American Literatures. Recent successful theses have included ecomasculinities in American Literature, representations of trauma in contemporary Irish literature, and hegemonic masculinity in contemporary African Literature.


Ph.D. 2013 Queen’s University Belfast

M.A. 2007 Queen’s University Belfast



•    Beards and Masculinity in American Literature. Routledge, 2020.

•    Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction. Routledge, 2015.


Journal articles and book chapters

•    “The Periodical and the Flâneur in Early New York Writing.” New York: A Literary History. Ed. Ross Wilson. Cambridge University Press, 2020, 165-179.


•    “Writing Men on the Margins: Joseph Mitchell, Masculinity and the Flâneur in New York City.” Literary Journalism Studies. Vol. 9 No. 2 (Fall 2017): 52-73.


•    “The Beard, Masculinity, and Otherness in the Contemporary American Novel.” Journal of American Studies Vol. 51 No. 1 (Feb 2017): 163-182.


•    “Writing Men: Recognising the Sociological Value of Counter-Hegemonic Masculinities in American Fiction.” Masculinities and Social Change. Vol.2 No.2 (2013): 146-166.


•    “An Interpretation of Masculinity in Manhattan: Reading Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder.” Atlantis (Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies). Vol. 34 No.2 (Dec 2012): 49-65.


•    “Reading Manhattan, Reading American Masculinity: Reintroducing the flâneur with E.B. White’s Here is New York and Joshua Ferris’ The Unnamed.” Culture, Society and Masculinities. Vol. 3 No.1 (2011): 49-61.

Blog Posts


Writing Beards

Upcoming Talks and Conferences

Beards, Shaving, and the Sea: Herman Melville’s narratives of maritime masculinity

“Appalling Ocean, Verdant Land: America and the Sea,” taking place in Bodø, Norway from 29 September to 1 October 2022.

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