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- 2016 onwards: Assistant Professor of Modern European History, University of Warwick
- 2013-2016: Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
- 2013: PhD in Modern European History, University of Cambridge
- 2008: MPhil in Modern European History, University of Cambridge
- 2004: BA(Hons), University of Sydney
I am a historian of modern Germany and modern Spain. My work explores conservative politics, state-building, and empire across different periods of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I also have a secondary interest in exploring the built environment as a historical source in my scholarship.
My first book, Beyond the Barricades: Government and State-Building in Post-Revolutionary Prussia, 1848-58 (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming), investigates the shifting political landscape in German-speaking Europe after the 1848/9 revolutions. It focuses on the activities of moderate conservatives, many of whom were determined to learn lessons from their experiences of upheaval and enact a wave of reforms spanning from criminal justice to urban planning. In other words, the work re-evaluates the fundamental importance of these figures to the breakdown of feudal realities across German-speaking Europe, and in doing so, recasts the post-revolutionary period as one in which a new world of direct state engagement comes to the fore in the shaping of modern Prussia and ultimately, modern Germany. I have a book chapter related to this project in The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought, ed. by Douglas Moggach and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge: CUP, 2018) and an article entitled ‘Down with the Walls! The Politics of Place in Spanish and German Urban Extension Planning, 1848-1914,’ Journal of Modern History (forthcoming in June 2018).
I am currently working on two monographs, one quite distinct from my early work and one that extends it. My first project (funded by the British Academy; Oxford University Press; and the Humanities Research Fund, University of Warwick) takes me into Spain’s swansong of colonial engagement in North Africa, specifically Morocco. Here I look at the role of the Spanish military elite in building the city of Tetouan from 1912 to 1956, and the impact it had on visions of Spain's place in the world in the twentieth century. Articles related to this project will weave together my Spanish and German fields of expertise, especially as the German presence in Tetouan noticably increased during WWII. The second project I am developing grows out of my earlier work on the 1850s. It will draw together my interests in conservative politics during the period 1848 to 1989, probing those incumbents, political habits, and material cultures that were suddenly suspended in time during democratization in Germany. In doing so, it asks much larger international and indeed global questions about regime transition.
- HI153 Making of the Modern World (undergraduate first-year core module)
- HI2D6 Spanish Imperialism in North Africa, 1912-56 (undergraduate second-year option module)
- HI34C Building the Future: The Politics of Urban Planning in Europe, 1848-1989 (undergraduate final-year Advanced Option)
- Beyond the Barricades: Government and State-Building in Post-Revolutionary Prussia, 1848-58 (Oxford: OUP, forthcoming)
- ‘Down with the Walls! The Politics of Place in Spanish and German Urban Extension Planning, 1848-1914’, Journal of Modern History (forthcoming)
- ‘Photographing Reurbanization in West Berlin, 1977-84,’ in The Ethics of Seeing: 20th Century German Documentary Photography Reconsidered, ed. by Paul Betts, Jennifer Evans, and Stefan-Ludwig Hoffmann (Oxford: Berghahn, 2018)
- ‘Post-Revolutionary Politics: The Case of the Prussian Ministry of State,’ in The 1848 Revolutions and European Political Thought, ed. by Douglas Moggach and Gareth Stedman Jones (Cambridge: CUP, 2018)
- ‘On Unsettled Democratization: History and Political Science in Conversation’ German History (forthcoming)
- Sons and Heirs: Succession and Political Culture in Nineteenth-Century Europe, ed. by Frank Lorenz Müller and Heidi Mehrkens (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015)(English Historical Review, November 2017)
- Heléna Tóth, An Exiled Generation: German and Hungarian Refugees of Revolution, 1848-1871 (New York, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2014)(Central European History, Volume 48, Issue 4, December 2015)
- Eva Giloi, Monarchy, Myth, and Material Culture in Germany, 1750-1950 (Cambridge: CUP, 2011) (German History, Volume 30, Issue 3, September 2012)