I am a historian of political and social activism with a particular focus on civil liberties and human rights.
I joined the University of Birmingham as a Birmingham Fellow in 2013. Prior to this I had been a Global Research Fellow at the University of Warwick. I completed my PhD at the University of Birmingham in 2011 and spent two years there as a Teaching Fellow between 2010 and 2012. I am currently reviews editor for Contemporary British History and Director of Modern British Studies.
I am presently co-supervising Ellis Stacey’s ESRC funded work on inter-war travel-writing and the Soviet Union.
I am eager to offer supervision in subjects relating to my research interests. Feel free to get in touch to discuss research ideas or potential projects.
My broad research interests are in Contemporary British history and the histories of social, cultural and political activism. My work has examined the history of civil liberties activism in Britain since the 1930s and I am now working on networks of NGOs associated with the emergence of a transnational ‘new right’.
Reviews Editor Contemporary British History
Director of Centre for Modern British Studies
‘The Progressive Professionals: The National Council for Civil Liberties and the Politics of Activism in the 1960s’, Twentieth Century British History, 20:4 (2009), pp. 538-560., 20:4 (2009), pp. 538-560.
‘From Civil Liberties to Human Rights: British Civil Liberties Activism and Universal Human Rights’, Contemporary European History, 21:2 (2012), pp. 169-192., 21:2 (2012), pp. 169-192.
‘RAGE against the Obscene: Opposition to the Greenham Peace Camps and Political Activism in 1980s Britain’, History Workshop Journal (Forthcoming, 2014).
‘Society’s Volunteers’, History Workshop Journal (forthcoming, 2014).