- The cultural history of breastfeeding
- Victorian sensation fiction
- The Brontës
- First-wave feminism
- Gender and popular culture
Jessica’s research interests include the cultural history of infant feeding, Victorian sensation fiction (particularly the work of Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins), the Brontës, the Victorian popular press, neo-Victorian literature and culture, and feminism and popular culture. She would welcome research students working in any of these areas. She is currently working on a research monograph examining the afterlife of the Victorian sensation novel in contemporary literature and culture, and developing a major project on cultural representations of breastfeeding.