I graduated in 1991 from Keele University with a first class, dual honours degree in History and English. I spent four years at Oxford University, three as a post-graduate student in History at Exeter College and one as an employee of the University. In 1995 I returned to Keele to take up a post as a Lecturer in History (Professor from 2017).
I am currently researching aspects of the English social history of medicine, including the experiences of doctors who struggled to secure or maintain a professional identity c.1780-1880. I am also studying working-class autobiographies with particular reference to workhouse life.