I was born in Durham and spent my educational career moving slowly southward. I did my undergraduate degree in History and Politics at York, an MPhil in Historical Studies at Cambridge. I did my PhD at the University of Southampton, during which I spent 7 months as a research fellow at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C. Prior to joining Birmingham, I taught at Southampton, Durham and the London School of Economic. I have a strong interest in public history having previously worked as a researcher for CBBC’s “Horrible Histories”.