I am an environmental and social historian of early modern Britain. My current projects focus on water in England, in particular on flooding and drainage as part of a large AHRC grant. I have a broad set of interests besides this, and have previously published on a range of topics from the Elizabethan settlement to urban fire disasters. With colleagues in the Embodied Emotions research group, I am working on the relationship between environment and emotion in the early modern period, with a particular focus on pigeons.
I enjoy teaching on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules focussed on early modern history, material culture and public history. I am happy to supervise postgraduate students working on early modern environmental, social and agricultural history. From September 2017, I am the divisional Student Activities Officer and SSLC co-ordinator. In these roles I oversee the Manchester Historian, History's peer mentoring scheme, the History Society, and our student-staff liaison committee. I also serve on the board of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library.
I joined the History division as a Lecturer in Early Modern History in September 2016. Prior to this I was the Eileen Power Economic History Society Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. I completed my BA, MA and PhD in the department of history at the University of Warwick.