She is a Professor of Theology and Literature at the University of Nottingham. She is author of several books, among them: God and the Gothic: Dante and the Victorians (1998), Chesterton and Tolkien as theologians: the fantasy of the real (2007) and, Religion, Romance and Reality in the English Literary Tradition (2018). She is currently writing a study of divine immanence in literature and natural philosophy from the Scientific Revolution onwards.