My research and teaching focus on British history since 1750, with particular interest in:
- heroes, heroism, gender & masculinity;
- monarchy, empire & national identity;
- the cultural history of modern war;
- The Arctic and Antarctic, exploration & technology.
Although primarily a British historian, I am interested in locating the British experience in context, through comparisons with Europe, America and the Empire.
My early career research focused on the explorer Captain Robert Falcon Scott, RN, who died while returning from the South Pole in 1912. In a number of publications,I have analysed how heroic reputations are constructed and disseminated in order to offer insights into a range of research questions regarding empire, gender, sexuality, the media and the state.
I am currently working on three research projects:
1. A new book on the changing forms and functions of British heroes over the last three centuries.
2. A research network investigating the 'debunking' of heroes in different national contexts, arising from a SALC-funded workshop in June 2016.
3. A research project on the history of provincial geographical societies and changing cultures of exploration.