Before taking up a full time lectureship in 2009, Jo completed a UEA undergraduate literature degree (1996-99), and an AHRC-funded PhD at UEA on science and early eighteenth-century verse (2006).

Key Research Interests

Satire (ancient to modern); literary genres in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, including the evolution of the novel; the political and religious culture of the early eighteenth century; eighteenth-century print culture; early eighteenth-century aesthetics and the evolution of the sublime; religious verse and poetry about the natural world; intersections between literature and science.

Teaching Interests

Jo has taught and / or convened on many of UEA’s undergraduate literature modules, including:

Year 1 / Level 4:

  • Reading Texts I and Reading Texts II (2004-2010)
  • Literature in History I (2002-2010)

Year 2 / Level 4:

  • Seventeenth-Century Writing (2002-current; convenor from 2010-2013)
  • Eighteenth-Century Writing (2007-current; convenor from 2012-present)
  • Shakespeare (2005-2013)

Year 3 / Level 6:

  • Satire (2011-current; convenor from 2011-present)

Key Responsibilities

Spring 2010-Spring 2013: LDC Director of Teaching Quality

Autumn 2011, and Spring 2012-present: LDC Director of Teaching (Member of LDC Executive, Promotions Committee and Staff-Student Liaison Committee; member of HUM Faculty Learning and Teaching Quality Committee; Chair of LDC Teaching Committee).