In addition to my role as Research Coordinator at the Faculty of Information, I have maintained an international research profile in my own field.
The focus of my PhD research is the prevalence of animals in children’s media and culture, and the extent to which the civilizing process that children go through has been mediated by the animal body. This research contributes to the growing body of work in children’s culture by providing a rigorous analysis of ideological connections through an examination of the historical realities and material contexts of our lived relationships with both children and animals.
My future research will extend my previous scholarship to examine the role that animal bodies have played, and continue to play, in war-related or combat-themed popular media. This work will focus on the intersections of trauma, education, and entertainment to advance new understandings of books, films, and visual texts such as museum exhibits designed to mediate the experience of war for children.