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Associate Professor of Political Engagement, University of Surrey

A convert from industry to academia, I spent over 20 years in journalism and corporate communication before transitioning my career into Higher Education, first at Brunel University where I completed my PhD and took my first steps in teaching, and then between 2012 and 2022 at the University of Reading where I lectured in Politics and International Relations. I was Director of Teaching & Learning for Politics & IR from from 2016-2018 before becoming Head of Department from 2018-2021. In 2021-22, I was School Director of Recruitment, Admissions and Outreach for Reading's School of Politics, Economics & International Relations.

I Joined the University of Surrey in the Summer of 2022 to lead the FASS Social Sciences Foundation Programme and will also be teaching in the Politics Department.

I am a regular media commentator on UK and US politics, with numerous TV and radio appearances including for the BBC, ITN, CNN, CNBC, Sky, ABC (Australia), France 24, Arirang (South Korea), CGTN (China) and CTV (Canada).

Outside work I'm a keen follower of Wycombe Wanderers FC, London Irish RFC and Middlesex CCC.


  • –present
    Associate Professor and Head of Department for Politics & IR, Reading


  • 2015 
    Brunel University, PhD


  • 2018
    The Trump Presidency: From Campaign Trail to World Stage, Co-Editor (with Dr Mara Oliva)
  • 2017
    Eisenhower at the Dawn of the Space Age,

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