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University of the West of England, Bristol
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British, social, cultural, gender, urban, nineteenth century, twentieth century, young people, youth culture, oral history, space, place
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About Me

I am a social and cultural historian of modern Britain, with a particular interest in the histories of youth and youth culture, and young people’s experiences of urban and rural environments.

I am a Fulbright scholar, and began teaching at UWE in 2016 following my Fulbright year at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri, as the 2015-16 Fulbright-Robertson Visiting Professor in British History.
Recent Publications
I have published on urban poverty and the attempts made by reformers to understand and ‘map’ the slums of the Victorian and Edwardian city, and institutional attempts to informally police young women’s behaviour in public. My latest article for Rural History looks at memories of growing up in the countryside in the early twentieth century, as recalled in memoirs and oral history interviews.
I am currently revising my doctoral research for publication as my first monograph. Dangerous Amusements: Leisure, the young working class, and urban space in Britain, c.1870-1939 traces the beginnings of a distinct youth culture in streets and neighbourhoods across Britain, and will be published by Manchester University Press in 2021.
I am also one of the editors of the Routledge History of the Working Class in the West, currently under contract.
Media Coverage
BBC Radio 4's 'Woman's Hour; BBC series Who Do You Think You Are? (Jodie Whittaker)
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, United Kingdom
Expertise by Chronology
19th century, Modern, 20th century
Expertise by Topic
Children & Youth, Family, Gender, Public History, Sexuality, Urban History, Women