I received my PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University in 2000, and since then have taught American history at the University of Manchester. Within the University, I am an active member of the American Studies Research Group and the Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. I am a member of the Royal Historical Society, the Organization of American Historians, the British Group in Early American History, British American Nineteenth-Century Historians, and the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture.
In 2010 I was awarded second place in the University's Community Service and Volunteer of the Year Awards (staff category), for my involvement with the Manchester branch of the Samaritans.
I an actively engaged in sharing my research and teaching expertise beyond the academic community. I taught several modules on slavery, abolition, and the American Civil War through the University's continuing education programme, led a workshop on the relationship between capitalism and transatlantic slavery at the Manchester Central Library, and have given talks on black history at the Manchester Histories Festival and to community, school, and religious groups.
In autumn 2017 I received an award from the University's Social Responsibility in the Curriculum fund, in support of a Black History Month exhibition and programme of events, "Bittersweet: Slavery and Abolition in Manchester," which I developed in conjunction with Manchester's Portico Library.
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Editor, American Nineteenth Century History
Steering committee member, British American Nineteenth-Century Historians (BrANCH)
Editorial board member, New Historical Perspectives book series, Royal Historical Society
Editorial board member, European Association for American Studies book series
Steering committtee member, Committee for the Defence of British Universities
Member, Lawrence W. Levine Prize Committee, Organization of American Historians