In 2012 I graduated at the University of Warwick with an MA in History. My dissertation examined interactions between the British public and German prisoners of war after the Second World War. It employed theories of 'everyday' life to understand the meaning attached to seemingly banal acts such as the gifting of cigarettes.
In 2016 I received my doctorate, generously funded by the Faculty of Development and Society at Sheffield Hallam University. My thesis was entitled 'British attitudes towards German prisoners of war and their treatment 1939-48'. It explored reportage and public opinion concerning German POWs and their captivity. The study investigated how the issue of prisoner treatment intersected with broader notions of British national identity and images of the German enemy during the wartime, post-war, and emergent Cold War.Primary material underpinning the research included, newspaper and newsreel content, Mass-Observation material, parliamentary debates, and government documentation. Currently, I am preparing a monograph based on my PhD thesis and current research.
I have taught across a variety of modules spanning 18th, 19th, and 20th century history, covering the ideas of the Enlightenment to the downfall of communism in Eastern Europe.
My research interests include: prisoners of war, modern British history, popular media, sports history, digital methodologies, and national identity.
I am currently researching the ex-German POWs who stayed in Britain, and civilian and military captivity in India during the Second World War.