Biography

I am Reader in Modern History here at UEA, and I research and write on minorities, migration and the state with a particular focus on refugees, Gypsies and Travellers, the marginalised and mobile poor.

My books include Refugees in Twentieth-Century Britain. A History (Cambridge, 2021) and Another Darkness, Another Dawn. A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers (London, 2014). I am a member of History Workshop Journal's editorial collective; Editor-in-Chief of History: the journal of the Historical Association; and co-editor of Refugee History.

With Coretta Phillips (LSE) and Zoe James (Plymouth) I am Co-I on an ESRC-funded Realities Checked project: 'Gypsies and Travellers Experiences of Crime and Justice since the 1960s: A Mixed Methods Study'. This ground-breaking study combines a crime survey, oral histories and archival research to explore the experience of crime, victimisation and the judicial system of Gypsies and Travellers living in four regions of England.

I have an interest in different methodological approaches to history, particularly combining oral histories and archival methodologies and of collaborative interdisciplinary research. I have an established track record of working with policy makers, third sector organisations and community groups and extensive online, radio, television and print media experience communicating the importance of history to general audiences.

I welcome applications from post-graduate students interested in researching histories of the modern state, and minorities, marginalised  and vulnerable peoples, including Roma/ Gypsy/ Traveller populations, refugees and migrants.

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