School of Humanities, Religion & Philosophy
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I am a Lecturer in History at York St John University. I studied in Britain, France and South Africa, completing a BA in History with French and a Masters in History before being awarded my PhD by the University of York in 2014. My doctoral research was supported by an AHRC scholarship. I taught as a tutor at the Universities of Durham and York before joining York St John University in 2014.
My primary research interests lie in Britain and Europe of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and include public opinion, national identity, and the making of foreign policy. I also have an interest in civil-military relations since the early modern period.
My first book, War, Public Opinion and Policy in Britain, France and the Netherlands, 1785-1815, was published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2017.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the Royal Historical Society.
My teaching focuses primarily on Britain and Europe from the eighteenth to the twentieth centuries. Modules include:
- War and Society
- Age of Revolution
- Late Victorian and Edwardian Britain
My primary research interests lie in Europe of the late eighteenth century. My PhD thesis looked at the interaction of public opinion and foreign policy in Britain, France and the Netherlands during the French Revolution and Napoleonic Empire, and I have an interest in questions of power, political culture and diplomatic relations in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I also have an interest in civil-military relations since the early modern period, and have published on military conscription in apartheid South Africa. I am currently researching Anglo-European relations in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.
War, Public Opinion and Policy in Britain, France and the Netherlands, 1785-1815 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) ISBN 978-3-319-49588-0;
The City and the Revolutionary Dutch Nation, 1780-1800â, Dutch Crossing: Journal of Low Countries Studies, Vol. 36, No. 3 (November 2012), 228-43
Patriotic Duty or Resented Imposition? Public Reactions to Military Conscription in White South Africa, 1952-1972, Scientia Militaria: South African Journal of Military Studies, Vol. 35, No. 1 (July 2007), 46-67