I am a historian working in the Hispanic Studies Department within the School and joined Cardiff University in 2002 from the Department of History at Queen Mary, University of London. Prior to this, I spent seven years in the city of Barcelona, where I completed my doctorate. My PhD is from the University of Southampton for a study of Catalan nationalism and religious culture during the Franco dictatorship (1939-1975). This was followed by a period of post-doctoral research in Barcelona.
My research has centred on Catalan history in the 20th century and in particular, the political articulation of Catalan nationalism under both the Franco dictatorship and democratic Spain.
In 2012 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture in Spain.
I am completing a study titled 'Catalan Independence and the Future of the Spanish State' which will be published by Ashgate in 2017.