Biography

I studied in London as an undergraduate and then moved to Cambridge to work on a PhD on popular recreations.  Before joining UEA, I held a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, and a lectureship at Sheffield University.  I held a Scouloudi fellowship in London and a Gilder-Lehrman fellowship in New York, and was a visiting maître de conférence at the Université de Paris VIII in 2004.  In 2001, my Ph.D. was awarded the Prince Consort and Thirlwall Prize.  My second book, Blood Sport, was awarded the Lord Aberdare Prize for Literary History in 2007.

My research to date has been on the social and economic history of Britain during the period 1700-1870, with a particular focus on popular recreation and the history of hunting.  I’ve written a number of articles in journals and magazines on these themes, as well as three books:

A Short History of the British Industrial Revolution (Palgrave, 2010)

Blood Sport. A History of Hunting in Britain ((Yale University Press, 2007)

England’s Revelry: A History of Popular Sports and Pastimes, 1660-1800 (Oxford University Press, 2005).

I am now working on a history of working-class life during the industrial revolution, under contract with Yale University Press and provisionally titled: Sons of Freedom: Life, Work and Family during the Industrial Revolution.  More detail on this and other current research projects may be found under the ‘Research’ tab.

I am currently involved with two national historical societies.  I am the Honorary Director of Communications and a Council Member for the Royal Historical Society.  I am also a joint-editor of History – the journal of the Historical Association.

Historical activities outside the university have included speaking on local radio, BBC World Service, and Radio 4 and appearing on television broadcasts on ITV3, BBC1 and BBC4.  I have worked as a historical consultant for the Working Titles film production of Pride and Prejudice, and advised MPs and other interested parties about the history of foxhunting and blood sports.  In 2010, I was a contributor to Melvin Bragg's In Our Time on Radio 4, discussing the consequences of the industrial revolution.  The programme can be listened to here.

 

 

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