B.A. History (Hons.), Royal Holloway, University of London, 2007
M.A. Modern British History, University of Manchester, 2008
D.Phil History, Oxford, 2013
I grew up in the village of Horndean on the outskirts of Portsmouth, where my love of history was first inspired by the city's fantastic naval heritage and a great deal of indulgence on the part of my parents, whose Sharpe and Hornblower novels I would often steal to read. Having gained work experience at 17 in the Royal Naval Museum (where I continued to work part-time for the next five years), I took my undergraduate degree in History at Royal Holloway from 2004-2007, followed by an AHRC-funded Masters degree in Modern British History at the University of Manchester from 2007-2008. My MA dissertation, on a Victorian sex scandal at Bolton's Fishpool Workhouse, laid the groundwork for my decision to specialise in histories of crime, culture, and urban space in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Britain. After a year working as a research assistant, I went to Oxford to pursue my AHRC-funded D.Phil, entitled 'Cracking Cribs: Representations of Burglary and Burglars in London, 1860-1939,' at Magdalen College (2009-2013). Since completing my D.Phil, I have held posts as Past and Present Fellow (2013-14) at the Institute of Historical Research, and as Stipendiary Lecturer in History at St. Hilda's College, Oxford. I was absolutely delighted to rejoin the University of Manchester in September 2014 as Lecturer in Modern British History, and am currently developing my book Night Raiders: Burglary and the Making of Modern Urban Life, London 1860-1968 in the exciting context of the history department's world-class teaching and research environment.