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Oxford Brookes University
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Emotions, love, courtship, marriage, adultery, heartbreak, family, gender, life cycle, material culture, visual culture, letters, letter-writing, ephemera, everyday life, Valentine's Day, the ritual year
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About Me

I am a Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow in History & History of Art at Oxford Brookes University. After completing my AHRC-funded PhD at Royal Holloway University of London I worked at Historic Royal Palaces and taught at Queen Mary University of London and Richmond, The American International University in London. My research explores histories of emotions, gender, and visual and material culture. You can read an introductory blog post about my latest book The Game of Love in Georgian England here, and listen to an interview on love and marriage here.

Recent Publications


The Game of Love in Georgian England: Courtship, Emotions & Material Culture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).

with Stephanie Downes and Sarah Randles (eds), Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018).


‘Love, Custom & Consumption: Valentine’s Day in England c. 1660–1830’, Cultural and Social History 17.3 (2020): 295-314.

with Katie Barclay, ‘Interrogating Romantic Love’, Cultural and Social History 17.3 (2020): 271-8.

with Lucy Worsley, ‘”Everybody took Notice of the Scene of the Drawing-room”: Performing Emotions at the Early Georgian Court, 1714-60’, Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies 40.3 (2017): 443-464.

with Alice Dolan, ‘Emotional Textiles: An Introduction’
Textile: The Journal of Cloth and Culture 14.2 (2016): 152-9.

‘”You know I am all on fire”: writing the adulterous affair in England, c. 1740-1830”, Historical Research 89.244 (2016): 317-339.


‘Kiss mee: Coins, Love and Matrimony’ in Sarah Lloyd (ed.) Tokens of Love, Loss and Disrespect, 1700-1850 (London: Paul Holberton, 2021).

‘Materializing Maternal Emotions: Birth, Celebration, and Renunciation in England, c.1688–1830’ in Stephanie Downes, Sally Holloway and Sarah Randles (eds) Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 154-74.

with Stephanie Downes and Sarah Randles, ‘A Feeling for Things, Past and Present’ in idem (eds) Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018), pp. 8-23.

‘Textiles’ in Susan Broomhall (ed.), Early Modern Emotions: An Introduction (London: Routledge, 2017).

Media Coverage
Country Focus
Expertise by Geography
British Isles, England
Expertise by Chronology
18th century, 19th century, Early Modern, Modern
Expertise by Topic
Family, Gender, Material Culture, Women