School of History & Heritage
College of Arts
I am a social and cultural historian of twentieth century Britain and my research focusses on sexuality, class, masculinity and region in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. My monograph, Masculinity, Class and Same-Sex Desire in Industrial England, 1895-1957 was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2015. Following the completion of my PhD at the University of Sheffield, I worked as an AHRC funded Cultural Engagement Research Assistant on a project that resulted in the original theatre piece Sweet Comradeship based around Edward Carpenter’s Commonwealth Cafe. My research formed the basis of the piece and I enjoyed working closely with Dead Earnest theatre company to produce it. It ran for three sold out performances in Sheffield in May 2013. I have also worked on a wide variety of public history and public engagement projects and have a particular interest in this field.
In Semester 2 2018/19, I will be acting as Director of Learning and Teaching.
Gender, Sexuality, Class and Region in Twentieth Century British History
I have worked with various media professionals both in a consultancy and on-air capacity to contribute to programs for BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC Radio 4 and BBC 1 (Countryfile, Who Do You Think You Are?). I am currently the Historical Advisor to the film, The Little Stranger (due out in 2018).