I am currently a Henry Moore Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-2021) working on a research project at the University of Nottingham titled ‘Allegories of Violence: Histories of the British Empire and Monumental Sculpture’. This project explores the various manifestations of allegorical sculpture on monuments erected in honour of Britain’s imperial campaigns in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, with a specific focus on how allegory occupied a unique space as a sanitiser of violence in visual histories. I am also recently exploring how allegorical sculpture propagated Lost Cause ideology and white supremacy on Confederate monuments, and tracing this lineage through art histories in the United States.  

My doctoral  research explored the significance of allegory and monumental sculpture as sites of sociopolitical, cultural and imperial memory in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I completed my Ph.D  in History of Art at the University of York in 2018 with a thesis titled ‘The Death of Allegory? Problems of the British Funerary Monument 1762-1840’. This work analysed a series of four exemplary sculptors, and their manipulation of allegory as a unique form of visual rhetoric. By proposing funerary monuments as a canvas for allegorical expression, allegory was presented as a performative, three-dimensional phenomenon, which was used to evoke, erase and manipulate Britain’s economic and imperial histories of trade, military victory, femininity, and empire during this period.

I also work as an Impact Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham, where I develop evidence collection methods and research strategies across the Department of Cultural, Media and Visual Studies. 


Ph.D. History of Art.  University of York, United Kingdom (2018)

MA History of Art.  University of York, United Kingdom (2012)


A History of Violence: Joseph Nollekens’ First Design for the Monument to Three Captains, 1782–93. Sculpture Journal, 2019. https://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/full/10.3828/sj.2019.28.1.6

‘Art versus industry? New perspectives on visual and industrial cultures in nineteenth-century Britain edited by Kate Nichols, Rebecca Wade and Gabriel Williams. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2016, pp. 280’. Sculpture Journal, Vol. 26, 2017.https://online.liverpooluniversitypress.co.uk/doi/pdf/10.3828/sj.2017.26.1.12

‘The Marble Index: Roubiliac and Sculptural Portraiture in Eighteenth-Century Britain by Malcolm Baker, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2014, pp. 418.’ Visual Culture in Britain, Vol. 17, Issue 1, March 2016, pp. 120-23. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/14714787.2016.1150200

‘Sculpting Heroes: Military Memorialisation and Edward Onslow Ford’s Monument to Percy Bysshe Shelley, 1893’. Church Monuments: Journal of the Church Monuments Society Vol. XXX December, 2015, pp. 193-204.

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