Both my degree and PhD are from Exeter. I work on American history in the last half of the nineteenth and first half of the twentieth centuries. I have a particular interest in ethnicity, immigration, bigotry and criminality. I am currently researching the Ku Klux Klan as a fraternity and the origins and interpretation of organized crime.
I research American history from the end of the Civil War until the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Within that period my real interests lie in deviancy and bigotry. As such I work on all aspects of crime and racism, nativism and prejudice. I have published works on anti-immigrant sentiment, visions of Americanism, the Ku Klux Klan and crime in general.
At present I am working on an ESRC funded project investigating the legislative approach to Modern Slavery in the US and the UK. I am particularly interested in the way in slavery became trafficking in the US legislative sense and the impact of artificial intelligence on the future legislation aimed at controlling trafficking.