My research interests lie in modern British social history, with a particular focus on crime, gender and Scottish history.
I am currently undertaking research for an ESRC-funded project entitled ‘Historicizing ‘historical child sexual abuse’ cases: social, political and criminal justice contexts.’ The project aims to inform and contextualise present-day debates in Britain by examining key moments over the last 100 years when abuse reached public awareness through media, criminal justice or policy responses.
Between 2013 and 2014 I was Digital Humanities Postdoctoral Fellow at The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) in Edinburgh. The project, entitled “Digitally Mapping Crime: The Geography of Female Street Offences in Edinburgh, 1900-1939″ used digital mapping technology, such as Historypin, DiggMap to map the location of female street offences in Edinburgh during the early twentieth century.
I was awarded a PhD in Economic and Social History from the University of Edinburgh in 2013, and was a Teaching Fellow in the department of History, Classics and Archaeology between 2011 and 2014. I am currently finishing a monograph based on my PhD research, entitled ' Sex For Sale in Scotland: Prostitution in Edinburgh and Glasgow, 1900-1939' that will appear later this year with Edinburgh University Press.