About Chris

I’m an an early-career academic who works at the intersection of literature, psychiatry, and legal studies. I hold a PhD in English, and bachelor’s degrees in Arts and Law.

In February 2017, I will begin a short-term fellowship with the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions, more about which here.

Research

I am also currently a sessional researcher at Sydney Law School, where I contribute to the Australian Neurolaw Database. Neurolaw is a field at the intersection of neuroscience and law. Among other things, neurolaw examines the way in which neuroscience evidence is introduced into the legal system, both in the civil and criminal law. One strand of current research in neurolaw focuses on complex regional pain disorder (CRPS I and II), a largely invisible disorder whose existence is difficult to prove in various legal settings.

My PhD thesis, for which I was conferred the higher degree in December, 2015, was divided into two parts. Part 1 developed a novel theory of authorship based on a model of the posthuman subject as molecular and microbial. Part 2 went on to examine various literary representations of psychosis, which it then compared with contemporary psychiatric and molecular models of mind disorder. In essence, I argued that the literatures of Aldous Huxley, Herman Melville, and Philip K. Dick, among others, furnish readers with striking letimotifs, figures, or imagines of mental disorder—what I called “psychotropes.” Described in rich detail through specific narratives, these representations of mental illness, I proposed, afford new insights into affective diseases, especially when read productively as supplements to the diagnostic and taxonomic manuals.

My publications may be viewed on Academia.edu.

Teaching

I am Teaching Fellow in the humanities at The Women’s College, where I have worked since 2014. Previously I have been lecturer in entertainment and media law at the Australian Institute of Music (AIM), and lecturer in entertainment management law at the School of Audio Engineering (SAE Institute Australia).

I have taught undergraduate courses in English (literature) at the University of Sydney since 2012. The specific units of study I have taught include Screening Sexuality, Postmodernism, Love and Desire in Early Modern England, and Literature and Cinema. In 2016, I was sole unit coordinator of the master’s unit Approaches to Genre for students enrolled in the Master’s of English Studies (MES) degree.

Women’s College Students: Please see my teaching schedule here.

Running

I’m a keen casual runner—feel free to follow me on Strava.