I am a Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences at LSBU with interests in the theory of agency, philosophy of social science, structuration theory, social theory and modernity, and postmodern social theory. My current focus is on status theory, elites and the modern history of the British and European aristocracies. I have taught at Sussex University and was a visiting scholar at UC Irvine in the USA where I studied under Jacques Derrida.
I am working on a large research project with Dr Matthew Bond in which we are developing an extensive and novel analysis of the British aristocracy. We are utilising new data sets to explore the timings and causes of aristocratic economic and status changes which not only bear on existing historiography, but also can shed light on the conceptualisation and empirical evaluation of the concept of status.
Our first paper 'Trajectories of Aristocratic Wealth 1858-2018: Evidence from Probate.' (2021) has been published in the Journal of British Studies (https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2022.52). We currently have further papers in review and in development.