Biography

I came to the UEA in 2009, after lecturing at Oxford University, and for the Open University. I am a cultural historian, focusing on interpersonal relationships, material culture, nuisances and domestic and street environments in England. I work primarily on the early modern period, but also sometimes extend my researches into the nineteenth century. I have three published books: Hubbub. Filth, Noise & Stench in England (2007), Cheek by Jowl. A History of Neighbours (2012), and Rummage:a History of the Things we have Reused, Recycled and Refused to let go (2020). I have also worked on the history of deafness, the human senses, early civic planning, and dogs in the late medieval and early modern period. I am currently completing my fourth monograph, which is about anonymous letter writing.

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