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    I trained at the University of Manchester where I completed a BA in History (2007), MA in Victorian Studies (2008), and an AHRC-funded PhD exploring the role played by newspapers in shaping Victorian ideas about the United States (2012). While finishing my doctoral project I obtained a 6 month lectureship at Swansea University before joining Edge Hill in the summer of 2012.

    Research interests

    I work on the history of nineteenth-century Britain and America, with a particular focus on journalism, popular culture, jokes, transatlantic relations, and the Digital Humanities.


    I teach across the BA History degree programme at Edge Hill. In particular, I am responsible for leading modules on Victorian journalism and the history of Crime and Society in 18th and 19th century England. My teaching methods make particularly extensive use of digital tools and archives and my modules are all designed to encourage students to use these resources in the pursuit of original historical research. I supervise BA and MA dissertations on subjects relating to nineteenth century social and cultural history. I am currently Director of Studies for two PhD students, both of whom are working on the history of nineteenth-century journalism. If you are interested in pursuing MA or PhD research linked to any of the topics outlined above, then please feel free to get in touch.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    Education/Academic qualification

    History, PhD, Manchester Metropolitan University

    … → 2012

    Victorian Studies, MA, Manchester Metropolitan University

    … → 2008

    History, BA, Manchester Metropolitan University

    … → 2007

    Other positions

    Lecturer, Swansea University

    Research Centres

    • Research Centre for Nineteenth-Century Studies

    Research Groups

    • EHU Nineteen Research Group


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