PhD Researcher (Conceptual History of Meritocracy), University of Nottingham

I studied for a BA (Hons) in History at the University of Nottingham (2012-15) before receiving a Warwick Taught Masters Scholarship to study for an MA in Modern History at the University of Warwick (2015-16). In October 2016 I began my PhD at the University of Nottingham and the University of Birmingham and received funding from the AHRC Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.

My current research is a conceptual history of meritocracy, demonstrating how political and social organisations appropriated the term to serve diverse ends. This conceptual framework, studying society by examining how concepts change their meanings over time, demonstrates how meritocracy was deployed in political discussions and how it acquired new meanings in the process. By employing meritocracy as a lens through which to view Britain's changing intellectual politics the project touches on fundamental issues which still dominate contemporary Britain such as the welfare state, education reform and economic efficiency.


  • –present
    PhD Researcher (Conceptual History of Meritocracy) , University of Nottingham


  • 2016 
    University of Warwick , MA Modern History