My research focuses on Gender, Sexuality, Politics and Religion in nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain and Ireland.
My book, Masculinity and Male Homosexuality in Britain, 1861-1913 examines masculinity and attitudes to homosexuality in Britain before the First World War. Cultural abhorrence of sexuality between men is examined through developments in masculinity as a social status. The book explores these themes in relation to the family, married homosexual men, legislation and the Home Office, the medical profession and journalism. My interests focus also on masculinities in the longue durée, and the potentials for comparative approaches in the history of gender and sexuality.
My current research also examines religion and sectarianism in relation to masculinities in Northern Ireland after 1921, and I am working on a book, Northern Ireland: A Gendered History