Below is a record of my work in academia thus far, including a few pieces of embedded work. This and other work can be downloaded from the academic output section of the resources page.

I’m a PhD candidate in (socio)linguistics at Queen Mary University of London. My working thesis title is “Talking beyond the binary: queer and genderqueer speech”. I’m supervised by Dr Erez Levon with support from Professor Devyani Sharma. A summary of the direction of the study six months in (March 2017) can be found via the slides from a postgraduate research afternoon, available on the resources page. More to follow as it develops.

I’ve recently completed a PGCert in Diversity Management at the University of Bradford, which I started after a short (one semester) post-MA break. Through this PGCert, I learned more on formal diversity theory, including around such essential areas as power and privilege, as well as ways of managing/developing diversity and inclusion in different workplace contexts (though mainly in my background of higher education).

Also in between MA and PhD, I engaged in a little with teaching at York St John University, my workplace (until July 2016). I delivered a two-hour workshop on acoustic phonetics as part of a level five module in phonetics and phonology led by Nikki Swift. This included a short presentation followed by a series of interactive exercises progressively introducing different functions in Praat. I also supported and shadowed the delivery of a level five sociolinguistics module led by Dr Andrew Merrison, which involved:

  • thematically summarising weekly online (virtual learning environment) discussions (around 850 individual posts) from the previous academic year to serve as a focus-enhancing pedagogic tool for the 2015/16 cohort;
  • providing (methodological and theoretical) advice to students on ideas for short research projects;
  • contributing to and shadowing the facilitation of four two-hour seminar sessions;
  • posing questions in response to and shadowing the management of student presentations.

Back in September 2015, I completed my MA in Sociolinguistics at the University of York, for which I achieved a Distinction both overall and for my thesis entitled “Sexual orientation, phonetic variation and the roots and accuracy of perception in the speech of Northern England English-speaking men”. I presented this in full at the bottom four conferences in the list below. I’m currently exploring a new, more theoretical angle focusing on meaning across cultures with the aim of journal submission. I’ve presented this new angle at an afternoon event in the York LGBT History Month 2017 festival and will re-present it in poster format at Lavender Languages and Linguistics 24 in April 2017.

Conference/event Organising institution(s) Month Format
Lavender Languages and Linguistics 24 The University of Nottingham April 2017 Poster
York Lavender Linguistics University of York and York St John University February 2017 Oral
11th Newcastle-upon-Tyne Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics Newcastle University and Northumbria University March 2016 Oral, 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and answers
Sheffield Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics (ShefLing PGC) 2016 The University of Sheffield January 2016 Poster plus five-minute oral
24th Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE XXIV) University of York and York St John University January 2016 Oral, 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and answers
Postgraduate Academic Researchers in Linguistics at York (PARLAY) 2015 University of York September 2015 Oral, 20 minutes plus 10 minutes for questions and answers

A summary of the MA thesis and its findings can be found below in the poster I presented at ShefLing PGC 2016. More information on my MA and earlier studies follows the poster…


As part of my MA, I studied language variation and change, phonetics and phonology, syntax and statistics. For one module, I wrote an essay synthesising the literature on language policy in Belarus: this is available on and ResearchGate and embedded below.

In 2014, I conducted a (very short) quantitative analysis of The Roots’ discography, observing the relationship between three variables: year of release, length and score by critics. This is available on and ResearchGate and embedded below.

My undergraduate degree, from York St John University, was in a completely different discipline: film and television production. You can find a couple of the films I made in the skills section of this website, and a few more are available on YouTube. My dissertation explored reception theory, comparing the reactions of gay men to stereotyped and non-stereotyped representations of gay men in television drama from the United States of America (Kurt Hummel of Glee versus Omar Little of The Wire).

At school, I excelled at maths, achieving at A* in my GCSE and prior to that a gold certificate in the United Kingdom Mathematics Trust Intermediate Challenge. However, determined to follow passion over proven proficiency, I opted to study media, psychology, English and Spanish for my A Levels (dropping the latter after AS).

For more information about my educational background, check out my LinkedIn profile.