- 2012-2015: Assistant Professor of Early Modern British History, University of Warwick
- 2009-2012: British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Oxford (Faculty of History) and Hertford College, Oxford
- 2006-2009: College and Departmental Lecturer in British and European History, Hertford College and the Faculty of History, University of Oxford
- 1998-2006: PhD, M.Phil, BA (Hons) in History, Pembroke College, Cambridge
The British Problem: Empire, Conflict and National Identities 1558-1714 (HI275) (undergraduate second-year option module)
The British in the World 1600-1700: Travel, Exile and Empire (HI33U) (undergraduate final-year Special Subject module)
My research focuses on British politics and religion c.1660-1750 within an international context. My first book, The English Catholic Community 1688-1745: Politics, Culture and Ideology (2009) argued that English recusant lives were imprinted with moral, religious and ideological questions created not just within their own kingdom, but in the European courts, seminaries and universities that supported them during periods of exile. My current research examines the impact of imperialism upon domestic political, religious and moral debates within late Stuart Britain. I am especially interested in tracing connections between responses to the early empire, and the political instability that disrupted the reigns of Charles II and James II,and in examining how attitudes towards imperialism were shaped by British awareness of a wider global context, including the affairs of continental Europe, North Africa and the Ottoman territories.
- The English Catholic Community 1688-1745: Politics, Culture and Ideology (Boydell and Brewer, 2009)
- 'Protestantism, colonisation and the New England Company in Restoration politics', Historical Journal (forthcoming).
- 'Empire, "Popery" and the fall of English Tangier, 1662-1684', Journal of Modern History (2015).
- ‘Christian Reunion, the Anglo-French alliance and the English Catholic imagination 1660-1673’, English Historical Review (2013)
- ‘Gothic History and Catholic Enlightenment in the works of Charles Dodd (1678-1743)’, Historical Journal, 54 (2011)
- ‘Parliament, the Tories and Frederick, Prince of Wales’, Parliamentary History, 30 (2011)
- ‘Andrew Michael Ramsay, the Jacobite court and the English Catholic Enlightenment’, Eighteenth-Century Thought, 3 (2007)
- ‘The Career of Sir John Hynde Cotton, 1688-1752’, Historical Journal, 46 (2003)
Chapters in edited volumes
- 'A British Catholic community? Ethnicity, identity and recusant politics 1660-1750’, in James Kelly and Susan Royal eds., Early Modern English Catholicism: Memory, Identity and Counter-Reformation, c.1570-1800 (Ashgate, 2015, forthcoming)
- ‘Jacobitism and the Hanoverian monarchy’, in Michael Schaich, ed., Dynastic Politics, Monarchical Representation and the Union between Britain and Hanover (Palgrave, 2015).
- ‘Political conflict and the memory of the Revolution 1689-c.1750’, in Tim Harris and Stephen Taylor, eds., The Final Crisis of the Stuart Monarchy: The Revolutions of 1688-1691 in their British, Atlantic and European Contexts (Boydell and Brewer, 2013).
- ‘The Church and the Catholic Recusants’, in Grant Tapsell, ed., The Later Stuart Church (Manchester University Press, 2012).
- ‘Conflicting visions: foreign affairs and domestic debate in Restoration England’, in Brendan Simms and William Mulligan, eds., The Primacy of Foreign Policy in British History 1660-1914 (Palgrave, 2010).