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Reader in Politics, Loughborough University

I am Director of Research for Politics & International Studies and Chair of the Ethics in Public Life Research Group. I am also a member of the Executive Committee of the Britain and Ireland Association for Political Thought, an Associate Editor of Res Publica, and a former Director of the Centre for the Study of International Governance.

I have a BA from the University of Kent, an MA from the University of York, and a PhD from the London School of Economics. Before coming to Loughborough I was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Studies, Cambridge University, and a Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge. I have also taught at Queen Mary University of London, and the London School of Economics. I have twice been a Visiting Scholar at the University of California, Berkeley (2009 and 2013). In 2018 I was Visiting Senior Research Fellow at Balliol College, Oxford, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Social Justice, Oxford. During the summer of 2018 I was also Visiting Researcher at Nuffield College, Oxford. I held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship during the academic year 2012-2013 during which I worked on a number of projects on the broad topic of political disengagement, democratic decline, and political lobbying in liberal democratic states.

In addition to my academic posts, I was also a Director at the Hansard Society, and a Research Associate for the think tank Catalyst.


  • 2010–2019
    Senior Lecturer in Politics, Loughborough University