Senior Lecturer in History, co-director Labour History Research Unit, Anglia Ruskin University

My research focuses on various aspects of Labour Party-Soviet relations, particularly on ideological issues. I am also interested in twentieth century international history, especially the 1980s.

I have published articles in Renewal, Revolutionary Russia and Scottish Labour History, and am co-editor of two books on the Labour Party: 'The Labour Party and the Wider World' (I. B. Tauris, 2008) with Paul Corthorn, and 'The Second Labour Government, 1929-31: A Reappraisal' (MUP, 2011), with John Shepherd and Chris Wrigley. I am currently writing 'The Global 1980s' for Routledge, and working on 'Labour and the Left in the 1980s' with Rohan McWilliam.


  • 2003–present
    Principal Lecturer in History, Anglia Ruskin University


  • 2003 
    De Montfort University, Leicester, PhD History
  • 1998 
    CREES, University of Birmingham, MSocSc, Russian and East European Studies
  • 1996 
    De Montfort University, Leicester, BA Hons., History and Politics