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      Research Interests

      I am an urban historian of the 20th century, working mainly on Britain, with an additional comparative focus on the USA. My interests include: civic culture and citizenship; big industrial cities (particularly Manchester and Chicago); local education and school architecture; the relationship between state, society, and the individual; civic festivals and pageantry; and the regeneration of post-industrial urban areas.

      I am currently writing a monograph with the working title After the Shock City: Manchester, Chicago, and the Making of the Modern Citizen, 1918-1939 (under contract with the Royal Historical Society 'Studies in History' series, Boydell and Brewer).

      Before taking up this post, I was an Early Career Lecturer at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London (2015-2016), and a Research Associate at King's College London (2013-2015). I was awarded my PhD in Urban History from the University of Leicester in 2013. 

      You can find me on Twitter and on academia.edu (where I host most of my blogs and other web features).

       

      Teaching

      I teach on the following courses:

      HIS1002: Exploring History II - The Place of the Past in Britain, c. 1900-1950

      HIS2018: The Making of Contemporary Britain: 1914 to the present

      MHY7035: Debates in History

      MH7079: From Blitz to Blair: Exploring post war Britain

      I can supervise undergraduate and postgraduate theses on modern British history and modern urban history (c. 1880-1960), especially on topics such as belonging and community, festivals and celebrations, historical re-enactment and pageantry, education and citizenship, and local government and governance.

      Frequent Journals

      • Midland History

        ISSNs: 0047-729X

        Taylor and Francis

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.102 SNIP 0.612

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      • English Historical Review

        ISSNs: 0013-8266

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-4534

        Oxford University Press

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.311 SNIP 1.353

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      • Historical Research

        ISSNs: 0950-3471

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2281

        Wiley-Blackwell

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.225 SNIP 1.057

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      • Journal of British Studies

        ISSNs: 0021-9371

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1545-6986

        University of Chicago

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.306 SNIP 1.226

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      • Urban History

        ISSNs: 0963-9268

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-8706

        Cambridge University Press

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.188 SNIP 0.746

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