I am a Research Fellow in Politics at York University as part of the Leverhulme funded project ‘Rethinking Civil Society: History, Theory, Critique’ and a Visiting Fellow at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg, the Institute for Advanced Study in the University of Göttingen, Germany.
Prior to taking up my present position at York, I was an Assistant Professor in Early Modern History at Durham University and a Lecturer in Early Modern History at Lancaster University. I have also held both a Mid-Career and a Junior Research Fellowship at the Lichtenberg-Kolleg and a Government of Ireland Fellowship at University College Cork. I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2018.
My research and teaching interests lie in early modern intellectual and cultural history, with a specific focus on the way in which the problems posed by religious division came to shape early modern political thought and vocabulary in different cultural and linguistic contexts. Here my research focuses on Ireland, England, New England and the Palatinate in the Holy Roman Empire. My first monograph, 'Calvinism, Reform and the Absolutist State in Elizabethan Ireland', was published in 2015 and reissued in paperback in 2017.