I began my academic career at the University of Sussex, with a BA in contemporary history (1992) and an MA in history (1993). Since that time, I have taught history at a number of institutions, including Queen Mary (University of London) and Queen's University of Canada. I received my doctorate from the Open University in 2004. I have been pleased to be associated with the OU for over twenty years - first as a tutor and latterly as a Lecturer.
My interests lie broadly within modern British and European history, particularly in the history of the British Conservative party, nationally and locally, after 1918. My first book examined the economic policies of the Harold Macmillan and Alec Douglas-Home governments between 1957 and 1964. More recently, I have begun to pursue interests in nineteenth and twentieth century English local history, both political and social, with an especial focus on Brighton and London. I am a member of 'Britain and Ireland, c.1750-1950: Connections and Contexts', a departmental research group.
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I have taught historical subjects ranging in time from the late medieval period through to the 1980s, though I am particularly interested in the European modern period.
I chair the department's MA in local and regional history, and have endeavoured to promote the study of the local history sub-discipline for several years. I talk a little more about this in my "Who's Who" video.
Since 2016, I have been the external examiner on the University of Brighton's history programme.