After studying Astrophysics at the University of Leicester, I gained a First Class MA in European Historical Archaeology at the University of Sheffield, and undertook my doctoral study at Keele under the supervision of Dr Philip Morgan, exploring the early medieval history and archaeology of the diocese of Lichfield and the cult of its patron saint, St Chad. I joined the full-time teaching staff at Keele in September 2014.
My research is characterised by an interdisciplinary focus on the synthesis of different sources of historical evidence, primarily documentary, archaeological and topographical, and on the theoretical implications of so doing. In particular, I explore the origins and developments of early medieval landscapes, where these are broadly conceived to comprise the social realms in which people and places are mutually constituted. My current focus concerns the Mercian kingdom and the Anglo-Welsh frontier region; in the future I aim to expand the geographical scope of my studies, with an emphasis on early medieval frontier societies.