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Research interests

Grace’s research and teaching expertise is on the human condition and war narratives; global cultures of exploration and extinction; and global modern and contemporary fiction. From testimony to fiction, Grace examines human response to crisis and trauma and has completed research on the technology of war and genocide through World War II, the Cold War, terrorism, and ‘push button warfare’. Beyond war technologies, Grace has researched and taught on other forms of technological influence including social media, bioengineering, and artificial intelligence. Grace is particularly interested in how transhumanist endeavours and online spaces challenge established and traditional ideas of how identity is ‘located’ and discussed. Grace explores these issues in UK, US and transnational fiction and non-fiction.

In her book Three Mile Island: The Meltdown Crisis and Nuclear Power in American Popular Culture (2017) Grace uses the crisis of Three Mile Island as a lens through which to examine wider social contexts of global nuclear development. With links to Windscale, Chernobyl, Hiroshima, and Fukushima, the book examines the impact of tech-based crises on local and global communities.

Grace is currently working on posthumanism and themes of ruination. Her next book entitled Contemporary Posthumanism is contracted with Bloomsbury and is due for publication in 2021.