I am a Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellow in the School of History, Archaeology and Religion at Cardiff University, and a BBC/AHRC New Generation Thinker for 2019. I completed my PhD at the University of Adelaide, and will soon publish a related book all about noses and plastic surgery in early modern British medicine and culture.


BA (First Class Honours) The University of Adelaide

PhD (English Language and Literature) The University of Adelaide


  Paying Through the Nose: Rhinoplasty in Early Modern British Medicine and Culture (Manchester University Press, September 2019).
  Ed. and ‘Introduction’ with Patricia Skinner, Approaching Facial Difference: Past and Present (Bloomsbury, 2018).
Articles and Book Chapters
‘Thomas Jefferson’s lex talionis: judicial wounding in colonial Virginia’, Transactions of the Royal Historical Society (in press, 2019).
  With Patricia Skinner, ‘(Dis)functional faces: Signs of the Monstrous?’. Monstrosity, Disability, and the Posthuman in the Medieval and Early Modern World. Ed. Asa Mittman and Richard Godden (Ohio State University Press, in press, 2019).
  ‘In Dock, Out Nettle: Health and Danger in the Early Modern Garden’. The Medieval and Early Modern Garden in Britain: Enclosure and Transformation, 1200–1750. Ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Patricia Skinner (Routledge, 2018).
  ‘A small Scar will be much discerned’: treating facial wounds in early modern England’Science Museum Group Journal 11 (2019). Open access.
  ‘Affecting glory from vices: Negotiating Shame in Prostitution Texts, 1660–1750’. Performing Emotions in Early Europe. Ed. Philippa Maddern, Joanne McEwan and Anne M. Scott. (Brepols 2018).
  ‘In Dock, Out Nettle: Health and Danger in the Early Modern Garden’. The Medieval and Early Modern Garden in Britain: Enclosure and Transformation, 1200–1750. Ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Patricia Skinner (Routledge 2018).
  ‘He would by no means risque his Reputation’: patient and doctor shame in Daniel Turner’s De Morbis Cutaneis (1714) and Syphilis (1717)’ in Medical Humanities (BMJ) Journal (2017). Open access. DOI: 10.1136/medhum-2016-011057
  ‘The à la mode disease: syphilis and temporality.’ Disease and Death in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture: Fashioning the Unfashionable. Ed. Allan Ingram and Leigh Wetherall-Dickson (Palgrave Macmillan 2016), 57–75.
  ‘“Lead[ing] ‘em by the Nose into publick Shame and Derision”: Gaspare Tagliacozzi, Alexander Read, and the Lost History of Plastic Surgery, 1600–1800’. Social History of Medicine 28:1 (2015), 1–21. DOI: 10.1093/shm/hku070
  ‘“Nonsence is Rebellion”: John Taylor’s Nonsence upon Sence, or Sence, upon Nonsence (1651–1654) and the English Civil War’. Ceræ: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 2.1 (2015). Open access.
  ‘“Off Dropped the Sympathetic Snout”: Shame, Sympathy, and Plastic Surgery at the Beginning of the Long Eighteenth Century’. Passions, Sympathy and Print Culture: Public Opinion and Emotional Authenticity in Eighteenth-Century Britain. Ed. David Lemmings, Robert Phiddian, and Heather Kerr. Palgrave Macmillan (2015), 145–164.
  ‘The Body and Shame by Luna Dolezal’. Review for Centre for Medical Humanities (Durham) (11 September 2015).
  ‘Medical Consulting by Letter in France, 1665–1789 by Robert Weston’. Parergon 32.2 (2015): 369–370.
  ‘Reading Humility in Early Modern England by Jennifer Clement’. Parergon 33.1 (2016): 203–204.
  ‘Cuckoldry, Impotence and Adultery in Europe, ed. Sara Matthews-Grieco’. H-Histsex, H-Net Reviews (November 2016).


I hold an early career fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust for the three-year project Fragile Faces: Disfigurement in Britain and its Colonies (1600–1850). Fragile Faces explores the threat, experience and representation of facial disfigurement in Britain and its colonies in Virginia, Massachusetts and Australia from 1600 to 1850. I investigate what facial differences were considered disfiguring and how these differed between and within each region, with regard to assumptions of individual and group identity, disability, violence and legal approaches to disfigurement, gender and sexuality, and developing national and racial boundaries. My analysis challenges and critiques certain notions of facial normativity that are employed today in medical and legal frameworks, and the relation of facial difference to stigma and disability. I am a member of the Effaced from History research network on facial difference from antiquity to the present day, and previously ran the project blog.


Australian and New Zealand Association for Medieval and Early Modern Studies (ANZAMEMS), Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM)

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