I teach at Sheffield Hallam University, and have done so since 2005. I currently teach undergraduates and postgraduates at all levels. I am fortunate that virtually all of my teaching is research-led and closely aligned with my research interests. I deliver about 40 hours of lectures each academic year, which takes a lot of preparation - and stamina as most of them are 2 hour lectures(!).


I teach on two first year modules, 'Revolutions in the Atlantic World, c.1760-1848', and 'Communicating History'. The first module allows me to situate my research on British popular politics and protest in the broader context of the Atlantic World in the Age of Revolution, and I have learnt a great deal from teaching American and European history. Communicating History is an employability module in which students work on briefs from external clients, and is based on the theme of politics, protest and the people in Britain, 1789-1914. I also teach a third year special subject on Chartism.



I welcome applications from students for both masters by research and PhD degrees, to study with me at Sheffield Hallam. I can offer supervision in the following areas of modern British history in the 'long' nineteenth century (c.1760-1914):

  • popular politics (e.g. political movements, leaders/thinkers, electoral politics, pressure groups)

  • protest and work (e.g. industrial/urban, agricultural/rural, textile workers, artisans, factory workers)

  • high politics (e.g. party politics, leaders, policy, parliament, electoral reform)

  • political communication and political culture (e.g. visual and material culture, the press, ephemera)

  • history of emotions (politics of feeling; feeling and the working/middle- classes)

  • area studies on any of the above themes (English, British, Irish, and local and regional case studies, esp. Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, East Midlands)

  • I am particularly keen to hear from students who are interested in exploring any of the above topics/themes in a transatlantic context, or in ways that integrate, compare or rehink Anglo-Irish relations