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Christopher is an Associate Professor of Learning and Teaching. He teaches Literature within the School of Creative Arts and is a Learning and Teaching Specialist in the Centre for Learning, Access, and Student Success. He joined the University in January 2016.

He is the programme leader for the MA: Literature and Culture (Online); the module leader of the cross-institutional course 'Black Lives Matter: Activism and Race Equity'; the Vice-Chair of the British Association of American Studies; and the Co-Editor of the European Journal of American Culture.

Chris' research interests include: contemporary US literature; cultures of the US South; cultural memory; queer studies; Black studies; inclusive pedagogy; diversification and 'decolonisation' within HE; and ungrading.

Christopher welcomes PhD proposals on any aspect of the above research fields.

Christopher is the author of two monographs: Rooting Memory, Rooting Place: Regionalism in the Twenty-First-Century American South (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Corporeal Legacies in the US South: Memory and Embodiment in Contemporary Culture (Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018). Both books investigate the extent to which contemporary cultural texts about the US South - literature, film, television, visual art, memorials - reveal an ongoing negotation and remediation of the region's past, especially in relation to African American memory. 

He is also the co-editor of The Affects of Pedagogy in Literary Studies, with Hilary Emmett (Routledge, 2023); and a collection in progress, the Edinburgh Companion to the Millennial Novel, with Loïc Bourdeau (EUP).

He is also working on a third monograph called A Queer Bestiary: The Non/Human in Contemporary US Literature.

Other publications include:

- The poetry pamphlet, Pick Up Your Feelings (2024); as well as stories, poems, and nonfiction essays. Find out more at

- Journal articles on writers and artists such as Garth Greenwell, Sally Mann, Keith Morris Washington, Barbara Kingsolver, Jesmyn Ward, Kathryn Stockett and others.

- Book chapters on writers such Bernice L. McFadden, Tom Franklin and Beth Fennelley, Marilynne Robinson, Colson Whitehead, and film/tv such as Get Out, GirlsBlack Snake MoanTrue Blood, and Treme.

- Journal special issues on: American Exceptionalism; The twenty-first-century Southern Novel; American topographic photography.

Chris also reviews books on his YouTube site: Books Up Close.

He is a member of the university's "diversifying and decolonising" group who have produced a website and podcast among other outputs in the past few years.


Doctoral Supervision:

- Stevie Kilgour (Creative Writing): contemporary poetry and working-class masculinity (2019-2023)

- Sara de Souza (Education): belonging and transformation for Black students (2020-)

- Tionne Parris (History): Black women and communism (2022-)


Teaching specialisms

I teach introductory modules to literary studies as well as about US literature and culture at all levels.

Education/Academic qualification

English and Comparative Literature, PhD, Goldsmiths College


Comparative Literary Studies: American Literature and Culture, MA, Goldsmiths College


English, BA Hons, Goldsmiths College



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