Academic Background

I am a historian of twentieth century displacement, Central and East-Central Europe and international humanitarianism. My doctoral research is now under preparation for publication under the title Humanitarian Workers, Military Officials and Polish Displaced Persons in British Occupied Germany. This research centres on post-1945 histories of displaced persons (DPs) in Germany, and in particular Polish DPs as it shifts the focus away from the institutions governing the DPs and onto the willing (or rather unwilling) welfare workers, military officials and DPs themselves in the chaotic post-war landscape. It reconceptualises relationships between DPs, welfare workers and officials and shows the lasting, and indelible effect the DP camps had on Polish identity in the post-war world. I am now in the early stages of work on a second major research project focusing on the shifting meanings of 'rehabilitation' in the medicalised discourse of humanitarian aid.

As well as a Junior Research Fellow at the Pilecki Institute in Warsaw for 2021/2, I am working on an edited volume with Katherine Rossy (Carleton University) focusing on UNRRA for the Histories of Internationalism Series with Bloomsbury Academic.

I studied Modern History at the University of Sunderland before pursuing a PhD at Newcastle University in Modern European History under the supervision of Professor Tim Kirk and Dr. Felix Schulz. I worked at Newcastle University as a Teaching Assistant before coming to UEA as a Lecturer in Modern European History. My work has been funded by the German History Society, the German Historical Institute (London) and the German-Polish Research Foundation, as well as Newcastle University's Humanities Research Institute and Forced Migration Group.

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