I read History and German as an undergraduate student at St Peter's College, Oxford, and at the University of Bonn, between 1997-2001. After a year working outside academia, I returned to undertake postgraduate work in the years 2002-06 at Oriel College, Oxford, and at the University of Freiburg. I was appointed as Junior Research Fellow in History at St John's College, Oxford, in the autumn of 2006, and held that post until my current appointment at Manchester in the autumn of 2009. For the academic years 2012-14 I was Marie Curie Fellow in German History at the University of Freiburg. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer at Manchester in 2015, and elected to the University Senate for the term 2017-2020. From February 2020 until August 2021 I am Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in German at the Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften.