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    Research Interests

    My research is in two (sometimes overlapping) areas: urban culture (1880-1940), in Britain, the US and (most recently) Ireland; and the popular place of the past in modern Britain.

    My first book, After the Shock City: Urban Culture and the Making of Modern Citizenshipuses Manchester and Chicago to investigate the theory and reality of civic belonging and governance from the late-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century, across a range of areas: philosophy; festivals; re-enactments; youth culture; and systems of welfare.

    I am the principal investigator on an AHRC-funded project: ‘Voyaging through History: The Meanings of the Mayflower in Britain, 1620-2020’. Dr Martha Vandrei (Exeter) is the co-investigator, Dr Ed Downey (QUB) is the research associate, and we are partnered with the British Library and the Mayflower Theatre in Southampton. This project traces the 'afterlife' of the voyage across the last four hundred years in Britain by looking at its portrayal in art, literature, and commemorations. For more information you can visit our website:

    My next major solo-project is seeking to explore queer sexualities in Belfast and its surrounding region from the late-19th to mid-20th century. I recently wrote a short article about this research for Gay Times (Jan, 2019) - if you would like a digital copy, please do get in contact via email.


    My office hours are 11am-12pm on Wednesday (during term time) - but please do drop me an email if you are planning on coming.

    I teach on the following courses:

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

    HIS1005: History and Society

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

    HIS3077: Dissertation

    HIS3128: Sin Cities? Everyday Life in the Modern Metropolis

    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.


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

    Willingness to take PhD students


    PhD projects

    I am open to PhD applications in the fields of:
    - Urban culture from the late 19th to mid-20th century in Britain
    - The nature of citizenship and belonging
    - The place of the past, and especially of historical re-enactment

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    Frequent Journals

    • Twentieth Century British History

      ISSNs: 0955-2359

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1477-4674

      Oxford University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): SJR 0.816 SNIP 1.562


    • History of Education

      ISSNs: 0046-760X

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1464-5130


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.47 SJR 0.401 SNIP 1.225


    • Urban History

      ISSNs: 0963-9268

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-8706

      Cambridge University Press

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.64 SJR 0.313 SNIP 1.402


    • Journal of British Studies

      ISSNs: 0021-9371

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1545-6986

      University of Chicago

      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.66 SJR 0.286 SNIP 1.667


    • Historical Research

      ISSNs: 0950-3471

      Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2281


      Scopus rating (2018): CiteScore 0.44 SJR 0.154 SNIP 1.284


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