I received my PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2000, and since then have taught American history at the University of Manchester. Within the University, I am an active member of the American Studies Research Group and the World Histories Group, and am affiliated with the Centre for the Study of Gender, Sexuality, and Culture and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. I am a member of the Royal Historical Society, the American Historical Association, the British Group in Early American History, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
In 2010 I was awarded second place in the University's Community Service and Volunteer of the Year Awards (staff category), for my involvement with the Manchester branch of the Samaritans.
I an actively engaged in sharing my research and teaching expertise beyond the academic community. I taught several modules on slavery, abolition, and the American Civil War through the University's continuing education programme, led a workshop on the relationship between capitalism and transatlantic slavery at the Manchester Central Library, and have given talks on black history at the Manchester Histories Festival and to community and school groups.