I am a historian of the American South with a particular interest in race relations and slavery. I have published widely on themes such poverty, gender, class, religion, sport and medicine in the colonial and antebellum eras. My specific focus has tended to be on the Atlantic southeast coast, states such as South Carolina and Georgia, but I am also interested in southern history more generally. I regularly visit the South for research purposes and have spent time in many southern cities. Southern history and modern-day society are fascinating topics for the social historian, with the inter-section of race, class and power.
I graduated with a first class degree from Edinburgh University and hold a doctorate from Cambridge University. I have taught at the University of Warwick since 1996.