- BA (Hons.), Modern History, First Class, University of Oxford, 1990
- MA & C.Phil., History, University of California at Berkeley, 1993
- PhD, History, University of Cambridge, 2000
- Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society
I spent my first eighteen years in London, before studying for an undergraduate degree in Modern History at the Queen's College, Oxford. After working as a research assistant for nine months in the House of Commons, I decided to pursue an academic career, and spent three years in the PhD programme of the University of California at Berkeley, before returning to England to work on my doctoral thesis at the University of Cambridge. I joined Manchester in January 2003, having previously been a Fellow and Director of Studies in History at Christ's College, Cambridge. In both my research and teaching, I attempt to combine the traditional training I received at Oxford and Cambridge, with the innovative interdisciplinary approaches I encountered at Berkeley.