My research explores the ways in which racialized knowledge is produced, circulated and mobilised in the modern world. I’m most interested in how such knowledge is used to inform and transform political policies. I'm also concerned by the ways in which histories of race, science and empire are relevant to contemporary debates on issues as diverse as the handling of human remains and the restitution of land rights to formerly colonised peoples.
My first book, Peoples on Parade, explored the commercial exhibition of displayed peoples in nineteenth-century Britain and the importance of such shows for intercultural encounter and notions of racial difference. The book was joint winner of the Sonya Rudikoff Award for the best first book in Victorian Studies published in 2011 awarded by the Northeast Victorian Studies Association.
I am currently working on notions of human extinction and interethnic conflict for my second book, provisionally entitled ‘Exterminate all the Brutes’: Modern Settler Colonialism and the Future of Endangered Races.
In 2012, my research was awared a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History by the Leverhulme Trust.
Birmingham Heroes: Recovering the Past to Improve Humanity's Future