View graph of relations

      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 (where I host most of my blogs and other web features).



      My office hours are 11am-1pm on Wednesday (during term time)


      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.

      Frequent Journals

      • Midland History

        ISSNs: 0047-729X

        Taylor and Francis

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.42 SJR 0.101 SNIP 0.272


      • Historical Research

        ISSNs: 0950-3471

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1468-2281


        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.36 SJR 0.218 SNIP 0.645


      • Journal of British Studies

        ISSNs: 0021-9371

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1545-6986

        University of Chicago

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.55 SJR 0.374 SNIP 1.229


      • Urban History

        ISSNs: 0963-9268

        Additional searchable ISSN (Electronic): 1469-8706

        Cambridge University Press

        Scopus rating (2016): CiteScore 0.56 SJR 0.222 SNIP 1.177


      View all »

      ID: 120155955