I took my BA (Hons) and MPhil from the University of Sydney in the mid-1990s, before heading to the University of Cambridge to complete my PhD in English Literature, at Trinity College, in 1998. After that, I was a Junior Research Fellow at St John's College, in the University of Oxford; from which position I also undertook a Visiting Professorship in African-American Studies at the University of California at Berkeley (in 2000).
I was a Lecturer, and then Senior Lecturer, in the Department of English, University of Sydney, between 2002 and 2007, where I also served briefly as Associate Dean (Research). In 2007, I was appointed Professor in Modern Film and Literature at UNSW (three years research-only in the first instance), and then appointed Director of the Centre for Modernism Studies in Australia in 2011. From 2011-13, I convened the academic programs in English, Creative Writing, and Film Studies within the School of the Arts and Media.
I was elected to the Academy for the Humanities in Australia in 2013. In 2015 I was elected to the role of Scientia Professor.
I have published a good amount in this period, including my monographs Literature and Race in Los Angeles (Cambridge, 2001) and Multimedia Modernism (Cambridge, 2009). I have had a couple of sole-investigator ARC-Discovery grants, and am presently completing one on the work of William Faulkner.