I research higher education, specifically around issues of social class, gender, internationalisation, marketisation and disciplinarity. My overriding interest is in how educational values and intellectual ideas (especially those associated with the humanities disciplines) are related to the material conditions of individuals' lives, and to the institutional conditions of universities.
My PhD (Nottingham, 2013) explored these issues, using biographical methods to trace the relationship between material conditions and intellectual output in the lives and works of two American feminists: Mary Daly (1928-2010) and Judith Butler (1956--). I was particularly interested in differences of class, generation, religion and academic discipline. Work from my thesis has been published in the Journal of International Women's Studies, the European Journal of Social Theory and in an edited collection.
My current work looks at the emergence of the liberal arts degree as a new way of packaging humanities teaching in English universities. I'm interested in how this apparent Americanisation might relate to broader processes of marketisation, a changing discourse around employability, and the difficulties of promoting humanities degrees in particular in the current HE climate.
I am a member of the excellent Manchester Research Group on University History.