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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).

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



      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


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      Frequent Journals

      • Midland History

        ISSNs: 0047-729X

        Taylor and Francis

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.102 SNIP 0.612


      • 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


      • Urban History

        ISSNs: 0963-9268

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-8706

        Cambridge University Press

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.188 SNIP 0.746


      • Twentieth Century British History

        ISSNs: 0955-2359

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-4674

        Oxford University Press

        Scopus rating (2015): SJR 0.226 SNIP 0.705


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