Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary British History, Newcastle University

I teach, supervise, and research post-1914 British history. With degrees in each, I straddle, more or less comfortably, the disciplines of history and politics, being particularly interested in promoting contemporary history and its applications.

I've published the first volume of a political biography, and articles on Liberal politics in the First World War, the 1918 General Election, and the Labour Party and strategic bombing in the Second World War. I've co-edited two volumes on the British Abroad: Travellers and Tourists and Experiencing Imperialism, in the former of which I've a chapter on British mass tourism. In 2014 I was principal investigator for the North East and Cumbria on the AHRC/BBC project World War One at Home and remain involved. I also interview former MPs for the History of Parliament Oral History Project.

I head Britain and the World, an international research association which has a peer-reviewed journal, book series, and annual conference. I am an academic member of the National Archives User Advisory Group, and am active in Newcastle University's own Labour and Society Research Group and Military, War and Security Research Group.

I'm completing the writing of book chapters about Barack Obama and David Cameron, and Donald Trump and Theresa May, for a volume entitled Presidents and Premiers, and on imperial tropes in 1960s Britain for a volume on imperial history, The MacKenzie Moment. I'm writing a book concerned with internationalising Thatcherism, entitled Margaret Thatcher's World, and will be writing a chapter on the 1970 General Election for a book which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Heath government. I am also finishing Reginald McKenna: Statesman among Financiers, 1916-1943, which is contracted to Routledge.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary British History, Newcastle University


  • 1998 
    University of Glasgow, PhD History (Modern)


BA, PhD, FRHistS