I became lecturer in modern British history at the University of Manchester in 2010, after holding temporary posts at the University of Nottingham and the University of Liverpool. I completed my PhD (funded by the AHRC) at the University of Manchester in 2007, having also undertaken my MA (also AHRC funded) here in 2002 - 3 in Cultural History: History and Postmodernism and my BA in History, 1999-2002. My doctoral thesis was titled, 'The “Spectacle” of Interwar Manchester and Liverpool: Urban Fantasies, Consumer Cultures and Gendered Identities'.
I organised the Social History 'Theory and Methods' strand (with Dr James Mansell, University of Nottingham) in 2012 and 2013 and I am active in research cultures relating to urban history, gender history and the cultural and social history of modern Britain. I am Reviews Editor for Women's History Review and I have recently joined the editorial board of Contemporary British History.
I regularly appear on television and radio discussing aspects of twentieth-century history, the history of shopping and consumer culture, women's history and the North. My research has also been the topic of features in The Economist and BBC News North-West. I have made several media appearances including BBC Breakfast; BBC Radio Four's Today Programme and Radio 5 Live. I have acted as a consultant and script editor for several historical documentaries, television and radio programmes such as BBC1's The High Street and Who Do You Think You Are. I regularly speak to popular audiences in the north-west area and I am committed to the wider dissemination of my research. I have also delivered my research via stand-up comedy through Bright Club and have performed at the Green Man Festival 2012 and Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013. I am available for interview.
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