I joined Keele in September 2016. Prior to joining Keele, I taught at the University of York and was a research fellow at the University of Virginia. I received my degrees from Cambridge (PhD), London School of Economics (MSc) and New York University (BA).

My research has been supported by the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello, Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Virginia Historical Society, German Historical Institute (Washington, DC), Center for Southern Jewish Culture at the College of Charleston and the Virginia Center for Civil War Studies at Virginia Tech, among others.

Research and scholarship

I specialize in the social and cultural history of the nineteenth-century American South. In particular, I am interested in the interplay between gender, race and nationalism in the American Civil War.

My future research will focus on the transatlantic relationship between Britain and the Confederacy outside of formal diplomatic channels, including an exploration into the significance of British pro-Confederate aid societies to the Confederate war effort.

I am happy to supervise postgraduate research on most aspects of the history of antebellum and Civil War America.



  • HIS 30161 Violence and Power in Civil War America
  • HIS 30159 Violence and Power in Antebellum America
  • HIS 20105 Rebels and Revolutionaries in Colonial American History (1607-1776)
  • HIS 10046 The American Past: Explorations in US History


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