I commenced my PhD studies in Autumn 2013 at Birkbeck, University of London having been awarded an AHRC Studentship. I am co-supervised by Scott Rodgers and Michael Temple. Just on the other side of Gordon Square in Bloomsbury, I completed my MA in Film Studies with Distinction in 2012 at UCL where my interest in Nordic cinema, nonfiction film, archives, phenomenology and film theory were fostered. My dissertation supervisor Claire Thomson, as well as Jann Matlock and Lee Grieveson, were key influences in my development at UCL. My dissertation there considered phenomenological approaches to landscape in the films of Wim Wenders.
I completed my first degree (MA [Hons] Business and Law) at the University of Edinburgh prior to working for five years in online student record systems development. It was during this five year period that my love for film developed, when I could be found in the Cameo or Filmhouse cinemas in Edinburgh several evenings per week. From there, I moved to Vancouver where I completed an MA in Theological Studies, during which I pursued interdisciplinary work in theology and film.