I graduated from Loughborough University in July 2015 with a first class honours degree in Social Psychology (BSc). I returned a few months later, having received a research studentship in the School of Social, Political and Geographical Sciences, to begin my PhD under the supervision of Professor Charles Antaki and Professor Liz Stokoe.
My research involves exploring how suspected criminals discursively construct ‘innocence’ in response to accusations made against them. I am particularly interested in how this is done across interactional settings and through both the suspect’s accounts of ‘what really happened’ and their descriptions of their own identity within these accounts. I am also interested in the formulation of justifications, excuses, minimisations, and denials and how these may discursively exonerate the suspect in some way. My methods of analysis are discursive psychology and conversation analysis and I am a member of the Discourse and Rhetoric Group within the Social Sciences department.