CV & Accomplishments

Education & Credentials

2012-2017 Plymouth University

PhD Art History Candidate (part-time).

2011-2012 Plymouth University

Distinction, MRes Art History.

2008-2011 Plymouth University

First Class Honours Degree in Art History.

2006-2008 Paignton Community College 6th Form

A.S Level – 1

A Level – 3

2007 Holocaust Educational Trust

Lessons From Auschwitz, University of Hull Accredited.

2000-2006 Paignton Community College

G.C.S.E.s – 10

Professional Experience

2015- AAH Student Committee Member

Representing the Association of Art Historians on a voluntary basis. Position includes organising events, activities and publications, marking dissertations, and meeting regularly to decide how best to represent the overall goals and ambitions of the AAH.

2015 A Paper Given at the AAH Student Summer Symposium

Looking at British canine fashions in the Nineteenth Century and their social and cultural impact. Titled ‘Dandy Dogs: Fashionable Canines and Canines as Fashion in Victorian Britain’.

2015 A Paper for the Inaugural Conference of PUNCS

Briefly exploring the visual reading of dogs in Victorian Britain through the show ring and its impact on canine representations in visual culture. Titled ‘Canine Character: Reading the Dog in Victorian Visual Culture’.

2014 A Paper Given at the AAH New Voices Conference

Concerning the development of rabies in the Victorian period as a form of class contagion, and the visual methods used to reinforce and criticize this notion. Titled ‘Class Contagions and Canine Culprits: Rapid Representations and the Middle Class Imagination in Victorian Britain’.

2013 A Contribution to Khan Academy’s Smarthistory

Looking at Windsor Castle in Modern Times and explaining it in an accessible manner for readers eager to learn more about art history.

2012 A Paper for the Plymouth University Conference, ‘The Arts in History’

A critical look at the Dogs in Ford Madox Brown’s painting Work. Titled ‘Canine Contexts: Understanding the Role of the Dog in British Victorian Art’.

2011 A Paper Given at the AAH New Voices Conference 

Concerning the representation of rabies in dogs during the Victorian period and its political impacts. Titled ‘The Dog Days: Canine Class Contagions and Political Parodies in Victorian Visual Culture’.

2011 Poster Displayed at Plymouth University

As part of a showcase of student’s undergraduate projects.

2010 An Interview with BBC South West

Concerning the ‘Tamed’ Exhibition’s Highlight- Damien Hirst’s ‘Mother and Child Divided’ (exhibition copy, 2007).

2010 Summer Volunteer at the ‘Tamed’ Exhibition

Torre Abbey, Torquay.

2010 A Collaborative Interview with BBC Radio South West

Concerning the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery Exhibition ‘Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Acquisition of Genius’. Accompanied by my colleague, Manuela Husemann.

2009-2010 Young Explainers Member

An Exhibition Internship with Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery.

2009 A Public Talk, Titled ‘Reynolds as a Collector’

As part of the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery Exhibition ‘Sir Joshua Reynolds: The Acquisition of Genius’.

2009 Project Conception and Educational Content Collaborator

For the ‘BBC Big Screen’, short film on Sir Joshua Reynolds, Plymouth. A collaboration with my colleague, Manuela Husemann.


2013 Canine Contexts: Understanding the Role of the Dog in British Victorian Art

Published in Rebecca J. Emmet [Ed.], The Arts and Popular Culture in History: Proceedings of the Role of the Arts in History Cross-Disciplinary Conference (Plymouth: University of Plymouth Press, 2013).

 Funding Achievements

2013 The Art and World Culture Travel Bursary

Awarded by Plymouth University.

Research Accomplishments

2011-2012 Moralizing Anthropomorphisms: Representations of Cats and Dogs in Victorian Visual Culture

This research was undertaken as an MRes Art History thesis topic. The primary interest of this research was the employment of Cats and Dogs as a cipher for codes of middle-class behavior, how this was achieved, and the overall intention of such imagery.

2011 Negotiating ‘The Dog’ in Victorian Visual Culture

BA(hons) First Class Dissertation, exploring archetype of ‘The Dog’ as a conduit for class-anxieties within the domestic sphere and the cityscape of Victorian Britain, negotiated within visual culture.

Current Research

2012-2017 The Dog as Mutable Motif: Representations of the Dog in Victorian Britain

An extensive look into the various canine representations that manifested and gained popularity  within British Victorian Visual culture, and the various social, political and cultural signs that such motifs enabled and operated within.

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