I'm a recovering academic, writer, researcher, and word mechanic. In March 2022 I completed my DPhil in English Literature at Oxford. I'm interested in strategy, project management, and how stories shape human action and interaction.
My background training is in journalism and I've dabbled in publishing, with a fair bit of teaching experience accumulated along the way. I taught at Oxford from April 2019 until September 2021, and before that, at the University of Cape Town and Rhodes University, my two South African alma maters. I love working in adult and tertiary education and found a particular fulfilment working in outreach and access; supporting underprivileged young people to achieve their academic goals.
I grew up in Johannesburg and moved to the UK in 2017 on a scholarship for my MA at the University of York. Another successful round of funding applications saw me land at Oxford at the end of 2018, where I started a research network, lead a collaborative project with the Universität der Künste, Berlin, hosted a podcast, and worked two or three jobs on the side throughout: writing, content creation, teaching, admin. I cracked out my DPhil thesis in three years and three months, and am now investing in the 'recovery' part of 'recovering academic.'
These days, I freelance as a research consultant, content creator, reviewer, editor, and writer.