I am a specialist in modern German and Austrian culture with a particular interest in the Weimar Republic, the anti-Fascist exile and Nazi Germany. I also research the history of sport and cultural responses to sport and leisure in the German-speaking countries.
I have a particular interest in the work of the Austrian novelist and journalist Joseph Roth (1894-1939), the subject of my 2006 monograph Facing Modernity: Fragmentation, Culture and Identity in Joseph Roth's Writing in the 1920s, MHRA Texts and Dissertations, 67 (Leeds: Maney, 2006) .
In 2017 I published an interdisciplinary monograph on the cultural, social and political significance of the legendary German boxer Max Schmeling (1905-2005): Max Schmeling and the Making of a National Hero in Twentieth-Century Germany (Palgrave Studies in Sport and Politics, 2017). In my current research I am investigating the representation of leisure in German literature and film.