I’ve completed a doctoral degree at University of Wollongong doing research into missing persons. I’m interested in how narratives work when they lack closure or resolution, and in coming to methods of telling these stories. We’re so used to thinking of stories as having a clear-cut beginning, middle, and end, but life rarely fits in such neatly defined categories.
I’m also interested in the way that nonfiction writing can be a scholarly pursuit, as well as one that provides information and entertainment.
I have a blog where I talk about some of the issues and themes that have emerged from my research, Both There and Not. I have also published a peer-reviewed journal article related to my research in Illness, Crisis, and Loss, “Missingness: The Social Realities of Physical Absence.”
My book, The Missing Among Us is based on this research and intended for mainstream audiences will be published by NewSouth in early 2021.