Professor and Chair of Modern English Literature, University of Lausanne


Professor of 20-21C Literature, University of Sheffield (Lecturer + from 1993)

Tutor in English Literature, Manchester College, University of Oxford (1992-93)

Tutor in English Literature, Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, London (1992-93)

Visiting Lecturer in English Literature, Charles University, Prague (1990-92)

Temporary Lecturer in English Literature, Exeter College, University of Oxford (1989-90)


DPhil, ‘The Influence of Virgil on Milton’s Style,’ supervised by Profs John Carey and Anthony Nuttall, University of Oxford, December 1989

Hons BA/MA in English Language and Literature, University of Oxford, June 1986/1987

Hons BA in Classical Languages and Literatures, magna cum laude, distinction in Latin Literature, Yale University, June 1984

Learned Societies

British Comparative Literature Association (Executive Committee, 2004-2010)
Réseau Européen d’Etudes Littéraires Comparées
Neke: New Zealand Journal of Translation Studies.
C21: A Journal of Twenty First Century Writings

Fiction-Network (UK)
Modern Fiction Studies
Centre Interdisciplinaire d’étude des littératures (CIEL), Université de Lausanne
Swiss Association of University Teachers of English (SAUTE)

International Consultancy, Grant Assessment, and Reviewing

Peer Reviewer for Comparative Critical Studies, journal of the British Comparative Literature Association (UK, 2006 – 2011)
Assessor for Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK, 2007)
Evaluator for Killam Research Fellowship Selection Committee, Canada Council for the Arts: each two-year fellowship is worth $70,000 (Canada, 2007)
Assessor for John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (USA, 2007)
Member of Distinguished Professor Selection Committee, for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, North Carolina State University (USA, 2007)
Consultant for Open University, Faculty of Education and Language Studies (UK, 2008)
Assessor for Palgrave Macmillan Publishing (UK, 2007-2009)
Reading Committee member for E-rea, Revue électronique d’études sur le monde anglophone (France, 2007- 2009)
Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature in Education (UK, 2008 – 2012)
Peer Reviewer for Critical Engagements, Modern Fiction Studies Network (UK, 2009)
Assessor for Leverhulme Trust Research Awards (UK, 2011)
Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature Association Quarterly (USA, 2011 – 2012)
Peer Reviewer for HARTS & Minds: Journal for Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities and the Arts, University of Bristol (UK, 2013)
Referee for Leverhulme Trust Research Award for poet Kathleen Jamie (UK, 2013).
Peer Reviewer for Comparative Literature, University of Oregon (USA, 2014)
Peer Reviewer for C21: A Journal of Twenty-First Century Writings (UK, 2014)
Peer Reviewer for Lion and Unicorn (Canada, 2008, 2015)
Assessor for QS World University Rankings (UK, 2015)
Peer Reviewer for Children’s Literature, annual journal of Children’s Literature Association, University of Chicago (USA, 2016)
Peer Reviewer for SPELL: Swiss Papers in English Language and Literature (2016)
Peer Reviewer for Anglia/Journal of English Philology (Augsburg, Germany, 2016)
External Assessor for appointment of Professor of Children’s Literature, Newcastle University (UK, 2016)
Peer Reviewer for Yale University Press (London branch, 2016)
Peer Reviewer for Palgrave Macmillan (Basingstoke, UK, 2016)
Selection Committee, Yeats International Summer School, University of Zurich (2018)
External Assessor for Professorial Promotions Committee, University of Leeds (2020)
Peer Reviewer for Text Matters (University of Llodz, Poland, 2021)
Peer Reviewer for Translation and Literature, Edinburgh University Press (2022)
Internal MS Reviewer for Manchester University Press (2022)
Judge for PLUME: UNIL-EPFL association littéraire Poetry competition: ‘Rêver dans un monde qui brûle’ (2023)