Hi, I’m Kat and I’m a researcher based in Nottingham. I moved to Nottingham in 2009 having completed both my BA (English Language and Literature) and MA (Corpus Linguistics) at the University of Liverpool. I passed my PhD viva in May 2013 and graduated from the University of Nottingham in December 2013. I currently teach at Birmingham City University, having previously taught at Oxford Brookes University, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Nottingham.
My PhD was on the media representation of the British women’s suffrage movement and you can read more about it on this page about women’s suffrage. My research interests include corpus linguistics, critical discourse analysis, digital humanities, gender, queer theory, language and ideology and language and politics.
I’m also interested in LGBT, queer and gender issues – I was the Trans Officer for the Nottingham University LGBT Network 2010-11, have represented the Network at the NUS LGBT Conference in 2010 and 2011 and helped win the Network the NUS LGBT Society of the Year award. I am particularly focused on issues affecting non-binary people and non-white trans and/or queer people. Most recently, I have worked with Public Health England, Stonewall and the Race Equality Foundation to explore and begin to address some of these issues.
In my spare time(!) I enjoy reading and, as evidenced by this site, messing around with computers. I consider tea a physical and psychological necessity and seem to be curating a small(ish) collection of teas.
This blog came about because apparently it’s how all the cool kids are disseminating their research these days. I discuss my research, but I also try to write about how my research relates to present day protest movements, activism, books, academic experiences, other things I’m interested in, and sometimes my life as an early career researcher.
My pet rats occasionally make an appearance although their ‘help’ usually involves stealing and nibbling on bits of paper. They have eclectic tastes in books in the most literal sense of the word and my copy of Susan Sontag’s Illness As Metaphor will never be the same again. The photo is of Tamar, my faily rat who fell off things and looked permanently bewildered. She sadly died in June 2012, but her legacy is continued in my current pack of book-destroying ratcreatures.