I am a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, having graduated with a Master of Library Science degree in 2014. My background is in the law but, following the birth of my daughter and successfully breastfeeding without nursing, my research focuses on the experiences and information behavior of those who exclusively pump breast milk. I am an ALPP Certified Lactation Counselor (I will be taking the Advanced Lactation Consultant course and exam in May 2018) and am training to be a DONA certified postpartum doula.
As part of the iSchool’s Research Support Team, I am the Graduate Assistant for Faculty Writing. I am also the Graduate Assistant for ePublishing at Digital Programs and Initiatives, University of Maryland Libraries. 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 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 a bunch of tortoises among my animal menagerie. Lamentably, I am progressively failing to live up to the English stereotype of drinking lots of tea as I increasingly realize that coffee is life.