I am Associate Professor of English at the University of Stavanger, Norway.

I am currently working on a book project for Routledge on beards and masculinity in American literary history.

Previously, I was an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at University College Dublin, Ireland (2015-2017). My project focused on the transnational flâneur and masculinity in early American Literature.

My PhD thesis (Queen’s University Belfast, 2013) was published as Masculinity in Contemporary New York Fiction with Routledge in 2015.

I have published a range of articles on such topics as New York flâneurs, Freud and masculinity, fatherhood, and the sociological value of studying men and masculinities.


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)


“Writing Men on the Margins: Joseph Mitchell, Masculinity and the Flâneur in New York City.” Literary Journalism Studies 9.2 (Fall 2017): 52-73  http://ialjs.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/03-Margins-52-73.pdf

“The Beard, Masculinity, and Otherness in the Contemporary American Novel.” Journal of American Studies 51.1 (Feb 2017): 163-182.

“Writing Men: Recognising the Sociological Impact of Counter-Hegemonic Masculinities in American Fiction.” Masculinities and Social Change, 2.2 (2013): 146-166. http://hipatiapress.com/hpjournals/index.php/mcs/article/view/645/pdf

“Paul Auster and Models of American Fatherhood: Reading Counter Hegemonic Father Figures in Auster’s fiction.” Paul Auster: Special Issue of Critical Engagements (UK Network for Modern Fiction Studies) Ed. Mark Brown (Lulu, 2013) 20-32.


“An Interpretation of Masculinity in Manhattan: Reading Jed Rubenfeld’s The Interpretation of Murder.” Atlantis (Journal of the Spanish Association of Anglo-American Studies) 34.2 (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 3.1 (2011): 49-61.


Beards and Masculinity in American Literature. (New York: Routledge, Forthcoming)

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