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Associate Professor in Modern European History, Anglia Ruskin University

My research focuses on various aspects of the Labour Party's political thought, particularly the influence the Soviet Union had on its ideas. I also work on aspects of 1980s history, twentieth century international history and the history of the Soviet Union. I am co-director of the Labour History Research Unit at ARU.

My latest work is "The Historical Dictionary of the Russian Revolution" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2020). This is a helpful resource for anyone interested in the revolutionary period from January 1917 to March 1918. My book, "The Global 1980s: People, Power and Profit" (Routledge, 2019), assesses the consequences of the neoliberal turn in the 19890s, as well as the spread of democracy and the end of the Cold War. I am co-editor, with Rohan McWilliam, of "Labour and the Left in the 1980s" (MUP, 2018). I am also co-editor of "The Second Labour Government, 1929-31: A Reappraisal" (MUP, 2011) and "The Labour Party and the Wider World" (I. B. Tauris, 2008). My articles in "Renewal", "Revolutionary Russia" and "Scottish Labour History" all deal with aspects of Labour's political thought and its socialist identity.


  • 2003–present
    Principal Lecturer in History, Anglia Ruskin University


  • 2003 
    De Montfort University, Leicester, PhD History
  • 1998 
    CREES, University of Birmingham, MSocSc, Russian and East European Studies
  • 1996 
    De Montfort University, Leicester, BA Hons., History and Politics