I am a social and political theorist, historian of ideas, policy researcher, and writer. My work explores how ideologies emerge and gain influence among the general population, reflected in how public opinion is formed and expressed. I focus on two case studies: the development of social democracy as an offshoot of socialist thought, and the rise of competing visions for European unity over the 20th century.
I have published a book, several edited collections, and numerous journal articles and book chapters, with several more forthcoming over the next few years. I am a passionate supporter of widening access and diversity in higher education to include all those discriminated against on grounds of income, gender, race, sexual orientation, or disability.
Alongside my academic research, I have worked with several think-tanks on a broad range of public policy initiatives, and published a report for the UK Parliament on the fiscal implications of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum. I have written articles for the Times and the New Statesman, and regularly present at conferences in Oxford, Cambridge, London, Manchester, Warwick, and York.
I am also proficient in 8 languages and enjoy playing the piano, which has won me full scholarships to every academic institution I have attended. I am always seeking opportunities to pursue further public engagement, and to deepen my professional experience of policy research, especially in association with public opinion pollsters and thinktanks.
Fellow of the Royal Historical Society; Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts