To date, my research across undergraduate and postgraduate levels - which has covered a range of periods and geographic areas - has been thematically linked by a focus on the historic interrelationships between ideology, discourse and power. This interest in the potential of narrative and representations links my thesis with previous research I have done on early medieval Northumbrian saints and the Apocalyptic rhetoric of Gregory VII. I am interested in how representations are constructed and to what end, with an especial focus in my current work on how far these representations are one or two-way processes.
I am a firm adherent of interdisciplinarity approach in the study of the past, believing in combining a traditional historical method with Art History, literary approaches, codicology, and political sociology. I also take a keen interest in the Global Middle Ages and the interconnected nature of the politics, economies and ideas of medieval Afro-Eurasia. Both of these interests speak to my belief that parochialism and rigid compartmentalisation are barriers to our understanding of history.