I joined Manchester after research and teaching positions at Birkbeck, University of London and the Australian National University. I am an expert of modern Europe, with a principal, though not exclusive focus on Italy and modern Germany. I have published extensively on the social and cultural history of Weimar and Nazi Germany, including 2009 Suicide in Nazi Germany (Oxford University Press, German translation Suhrkamp, 2011). I have also worked on repression and control in the Third Reich and have co-edited and co-authored with Nikolaus Wachsmann The Nazi Camps, 1933-1939: A Documentary History (Nebraska University Press, 2012) and a special issue of the Journal of Contemporary History on ‚Before the Holocaust.’
My monograph on the entangled history of Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany was published by Yale University Press in 2018 and as an audio book by Tantor Media. Italian, German, Danish, Portuguese, and Arabic translations are under contract.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a former Visiting Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.
At Manchester, I lead the 'Politics, Institutions, and Ideas' research group, together with Prof. Frank Mort. We also lead the Cultures of Diplomacy research network, together with Dr Thomas Tunstall-Allcock.
I co-convene the international Rethinking Modern Europe seminar series at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, and sit on the editorial advisory board of European History Quarterly.