Reader in History, Queen Mary University of London

I am a historian of philosophy, science, medicine, and religion, with particular expertise in the history of emotions. I direct the Centre for the History of the Emotions and edit the History of Emotions Blog at Queen Mary University of London.

My most recent book is 'Weeping Britannia: Portrait of a Nation in Tears', published in 2015 by Oxford University Press. In 2014, I wrote and presented a BBC Radio series entitled 'Five Hundred Years of Friendship'.

My other research and teaching interests include the cultural history of philosophy in 20th-century Britain and the life and thought of Oscar Wilde. Previous research projects have explored the histories of psychological categories, Victorian moral thought, and the relationships between science and religion.


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    Reader in History, Queen Mary University of London