My research is theoretical and falls into two key areas:
The first strand of my research considers the politics of time and history, particularly in relation to feminism. My book Feminism, Time and Nonlinear History considers the ways in which feminists conceptualize and produce the temporalities of feminism, and explores how feminism can draw productively on its own history, but without passively conforming to expectations of the past, or elevating the past as a nostalgic ideal against which to measure and compare the present. To this end, I combine phenomenological and sociopolitical approaches to develop a nonlinear, 'polytemporal' model of feminist time. Currently I am extending this model as I consider in more detail the relation between the 'time of politics' and the 'time of the divine' within feminist historiography.
The second strand of my research concerns the politics and temporalities of reproduction, pregnant embodiment and the maternal. I am especially interested in challenging normative discourses that understand the maternal body in reductively functional terms, and value pregnancy solely in terms of its product. To develop this project, I have been awarded a 12 month Leverhulme Fellowship, which will begin in September 2017.