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Professional Development

This page includes information about my professional development, including sections on my academic profile, teaching experience and other organisational responsibilities.

Academic Profile


- PhD in History

University of Warwick (2007-2010)

‘Alehouses and Sociability in Seventeenth-Century England

Supervisor: Prof. Steve Hindle

Examiners: Prof. Beat Kümin (Warwick) and Dr Phil Withington (Cambridge)

Funding: Warwick Postgraduate Research Fellowship (2007-10)

- MA in Religious and Social History, 1500-1700

University of Warwick (2006-2007)

Dissertation: ‘Alehouse Sociability and the Formation of Social Identity in Early Modern England

Supervisor: Prof. Steve Hindle

Class: Distinction

Funding: AHRC MA Funding (2006-7)

- BA in History

University of East Anglia (2002-2005)

Dissertation: ‘The Extent and Limit of Women’s Agency in Early Modern England

Supervisor: Prof. Andy Wood

Class: First

Awards and Funding:

- Institute of Historical Research/University of Exeter, Economic History Society Tawney Fellowship, 2011

- University of Warwick, Institute of Advanced Study Early Career Fellowship, 2010-11

- The Newberry Library, Chicago: Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grant, 2010

- Economic History Society Initiatives and Conference Fund Grant, 2009

- Economic History Society Research Fund for Graduate Students Grant, 2008 and 2009

- University of Warwick: Humanities Research Centre Doctoral Fellowship (2008-9) 

- University of Warwick: Sir John Elliott Award for Outstanding MA Performance (2006-7) 

- University of East Anglia: Award for Exceptional Academic Performance, 2003-4 and 2004-5

- University of East Anglia: Winner of Student Scholarship Essay Competition, 2002

Teaching Experience

Teaching Experience:

In The academic year 2010-11 I taught as an Associate Tutor at Cardiff University, where I ran two courses of my own design: a third-year module entitled Drink and Disorder in Early Modern England, and a second-year module entitled Revels and Riots: Popular Culture in Early Modern England. I also taught as a seminar tutor on the first year module Early Modern England and Wales.

In the academic year 2009-10 I taught as a seminar tutor on the second year undergraduate option module Social History of England, 1500-1700. The aim of this option is to explore social structures, changes, and problems in early modern England. For more information about the course click here.

In the academic year 2008-9 I was a seminar tutor for the second year undergraduate core module The European World - 1500-1720. This course offers a broad survey of Europe in the early modern period by providing an overview of the structures of European society, and by examining the main features of development and change in poltics, religion, economy and culture. For more information about the course click here .


I have completed an Introduction to Academic and Professional Practice (PGA Part 1), at the University of Warwick, October 2008

Organisational Responsibilities

Warwick Drinking Studies Network

This is a research network I have played a key role in establishing during my time as an IAS Early Career Fellow. The network looks to bring together scholars working on aspects of drink and drinking culture across time periods, disciplines, and places. For more information visit the network website.


Plebeian Cultures in Early Modern England: 35 Years after E.P. Thompson:

This is a conference I joint organised with fellow doctoral student Brodie Waddell, thanks to the award of a Humanities Reserach Centre Doctoral Fellowship. It took place in February 2009. For more information click here.

The Early Modern Seminar:

This is a seminar held within the department at Warwick, which I co-organised with Brodie Waddell and Dr Jonathan Davies in the academic year 2008-9. The seminar meets four times each term and takes the form of either a paper presented by a visiting academic or a discussion of a pre-arranged book reading. For more information, and the programme, click here.

Staff Student Liaison Committee:

This is a departmental committee which acts as a forum for communication between the department and it's postgraduate students. Between 2007-10 I stood on this committee as a representative for PhD students. In the academic year 2006-7 I stood on this committee as a representative for the taught MA programme and acted as secretary. In 2007-8 I chaired this committee. For more information, click here.

Postgraduate Theory Reading Group:

This is a reading group established and run by postgraduate students within the arts and humanities that aims to provide an informal and inter-disciplinary forum within which to discuss a wide range of theoretical approaches to our own and closely-related disciplines. The group meets at monthly intervals throughout the calendar year and focuses on a pre-arranged reading suggested and introduced by a member of the group, with previously covered subjects including Marxism, Derrida, Zizek, Cosmopolitanism, Memory, Hayden White, Space, James C Scott, Walter Benjamin and Richard Rorty. In 2009 I acted as the convenor of this reading group.

Early Modern Reading Group:

This is a reading group established by postgraduate students within the History Department at Warwick that looks to bring together the large number of MA and PhD students studying various aspects of early modern European history, and to help foster a sense of social and intellectual community amongst them. The group meets on a monthly basis to discuss pre-arranged readings of either seminal or cutting-edge contributions to early modern history, and also has an online dimension located on the Early Modern and Eighteenth Century Forum. In 2009-10 I acted as convenor of this reading group.