My major contribution to scholarship is in the fields of seventeenth- and eighteenth-century women’s writing and early modern and eighteenth-century Welsh writing in English. I studied for my first degree in English Literature and Related Literature at the University of York where I first became engaged with women’s writing of the eighteenth century by choosing to write a third-year research dissertation on this topic. This interest led me to study for my PhD on early eighteenth-century women novelists and feminist literary history in the School of English at the University of Exeter under the supervision of Professor Jane Spencer. While studying at Exeter, I also worked with Professor Spencer on a British Academy funded project on eighteenth-century women’s periodical literature. I joined UCD in 2016 as Principal of the College of Arts and Humanities from Aberystwyth University, Wales where I held the Rendel Chair in English and was the Director of the Institute for Arts and Humanities.