I am a Senior Lecturer at York St John University where I have taught History, American Studies and War Studies at both undergraduate and postgraduate level since 1994.
I hold a PhD in history from the University of Leeds, an MA in history from the University of Missouri-Columbia, USA and a BA in politics and modern history from the University of Manchester.
My principle areas of academic interest are in United States military history, airpower history, and the wars in Indochina.
I am a regular presenter at academic conferences and have made several appearances on national and local radio discussing US politics and military affairs. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the York Historical Warfare Analysis Group (YHWAG): an interdisciplinary research cluster including historians and mathematicians from York St John University and the University of York. Along with colleagues at the University of York I helped organise the conference, ‘Borders and Beyond in the Middle East since 1914: Legacies, Changes, Continuities’, which took place in June 2016 and I was a member of the Scientific Committee for the 2017 LPAZ Forum on ‘Aviation: The Impact on Time & Space’ held on the Island of Santa Maria in the Azores in September 2017. I am engaged in ongoing research on professional war gaming between the First and Second World Wars, the application of statistical techniques to historical air combat and the interface between popular literature and historical developments in military aviation technology. Earlier research concerned inter-service rivalry and air power in the Vietnam War.