About Me

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picture of FionaI am a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland’s iSchool. My background is in the law but, following the birth of my daughter and successfully breastfeeding without nursing, I am conducting pioneering research into the experiences of those who exclusively pump breast milk. You can follow along with my findings by joining my Facebook group. I am an ALPP Advanced Lactation Consultant and am training to be a DONA-certified postpartum doula. Click here if you are interested in the lactation and postpartum services I offer.

On campus, I am the Graduate Assistant for Faculty Writing for the iSchool’s Research Support Team. I have been a Graduate Writing Fellow at the Graduate School Writing Center since 2014; I provide one-on-one writing consultation for students in any graduate program. I also offer professional editing services.

I am originally from (the old) York in the north of England but moved to America in 2008. I have a wonderful wife and amazing daughter who provide me with constant support, encouragement, and inspiration. Crafting—predominantly knitting, needle felting, and sewing—is my drug of choice and I am an ardent animal lover, counting bees, prairie dogs, and backyard hens among my animal menagerie. I am progressively failing to live up to the English stereotype of drinking lots of tea as I increasingly realize that coffee is life.

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