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.

Experience

  • –present
    Reader in History, Queen Mary University of London