About Chris

Profile

I’m an an early-career academic (ECR) who works at the intersection of literature, psychiatry, and legal studies. I hold a PhD in English, and bachelor’s degrees in Arts (Hons I) and Law. I am currently Research Fellow at Sydney Law School.

A copy of my CV, including detailed career progression, is available here (last updated July, 2018).

Research

My research fellowship is part of an ARC Linkage Project titled “Regulating Autologous Stem Cell Therapies in Australia.” Briefly, the project seeks to develop an ethical and regulatory framework for the use of autologous adult stem cell therapies in Australia.

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

In Semester 1, 2019, I am a tutor in Foundations of Law at Sydney Law School.

I am Teaching Fellow 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, including 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.

Running

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