Background and activities
MA (Hull), PhD (Cantab)
I am an Associate Professor of modern British history. I am particularly interested in the history of British politics, intellectual cultures, and media history during the twentieth century. My current research focuses on the history of British Conservative politics and political writing. I have also done some work on British and European fascism. I am now developing a book project about intellectual cultures of British Conservatism, 1918-55. In addition, I am working on two new articles that explore different aspects of Conservative and fascist politics in interwar Britain, and, another article on right-wing women. In the future I plan to develop a larger project comparing Conservative parties and political ideas in twentieth century Britain and Scandinavia. I am also the principal organizer of the Twentieth Century History research seminar at NTNU.
I am from Stockton-on-Tees in the north-east of England. I studied an MA in Historical Studies at the University of Hull, a diploma in European Studies at the University of Vienna, and a PhD in History at the University of Cambridge. I also spent a year teaching for the British Council in Vienna, Austria. Before joining NTNU as an Associate Professor in British History I taught history at Cardiff University in Wales. I was a Churchill Archives Centre By-Fellow at Churchill College, Cambridge in 2014, and, I will be a Visiting Scholar at the University of Cambridge while I am on sabbatical leave during the 2017-18 academic year.
I offer the following undergraduate courses at NTNU.
ENG2452 Britain in Europe
ENG1402 Modern British History and Culture
I am happy to discuss proposals for Master's & PhD supervision in most areas of twentieth century British history. I am also very interested in comparative studies of Britain and other European countries, especially Norway. If students have foreign languages I would encourage them to use these skills in their research.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
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- (2014) The Periodical Press and the Intellectual Culture of Conservatism in Interwar Britain. The Historical Journal. vol. 57 (04).
- (2009) 'The British Movement, Duncan Sandys, and the Politics of Constitutionalism in the 1930s'. Contemporary British History. vol. 23 (4).
- (2007) '"What's the Big Idea?": Oswald Mosley, the British Union of Fascists and Generic Fascism'. Journal of Contemporary History. vol. 42 (3).
Part of book/report
- (2012) Whig Lessons, Conservative Answers: The Literary Adventures of Sir J.A.R. Marriott. Brave New World. Imperial and Democratic Nation-Building in Britain between the Wars.
- (2010) Conservatives, National Politics, and the Challenge to Democracy in Britain, 1931-37 / degree conferred on 23 July 2011. 2010.