Kristin is in her second year of PhD study at School of Humanities, Centre for Memory, Narratives and Histories at the University of Brighton. Her doctoral research focuses on the intersections of history, cultural memory, and art, with a particular focus on the performativity of memory, embodiment, representation, identity, and the politics of war commemoration, and especially investigating the politics surrounding the memorialisation of the First World War in Britain.
Kristin’s research takes a close look at the centenary moment in which experiential memory has ceased, and commemorative practices that prioritise embodied experiences have emerged as a central mode of commemoration. Previous scholarly research has explored the creation of early heritage sites and their role in identity formation in the nineteenth century, controversies surrounding the Aboriginal Veteran’s Monument in Canada, and the cultural memory of the 1984 Miners' Strike.
Kristin has also worked for the ethical retailer LUSH, and took an active role in planning and carrying out campaigns supporting causes relating to environmental, social, and ethical issues. Including: fundraisers for homeless shelters and animal sanctuaries, school talks on ethical issues, organising a national campaign against the environmentally devastating Canadian Tar Sands, campaigning against punitive detention practices for refugees in the UK, and delivering a petition against animal testing to the EU Parliament.
Kristin has also been involved in several ventures to ensure that students from a widening access background are able to make the most of higher education including being a student representative throughout her degree, delivering a series of creative workshops aimed at students from backgrounds less likely to undertake higher education.