Since completing my PhD here at the University of Leeds in 2005, I have taught on a wide range of modules. My primary specialism is British Politics, with a particular specialism in British foreign policy. I have written extensively on the foreign policy objectives of both the Conservative and Labour Parties. I am also the BISA Foreign Policy Working Group Convenor. My PhD was a critical biography of the Labour MP Richard Crossman and was published in 2007.
I am module leader for the third year module British Foreign Policy and the first year British Politics module. I also teach on the second year modules Approaches to Political Science and British Central Government. I have previously run the third year Britain and the EU module and the Political Corruption module. In addition to working in POLIS I have also taught in the School of History and worked at the University of Salford for several years running their second year Labour Party History module.
Much of my current research is focused on British Foreign Policy. I have recently published an article entitled ‘Liberal Interventionism to Liberal Conservatism; the short road in foreign policy from Blair to Cameron’ in British Politics journal. I also organised a conference entitled ‘Britain and the Wider World’, held at the University of Leeds in July 2015, focusing on the importance of personal relationship in bi-lateral foreign policy. The papers from this conference will become a journal special edition.
I am also working on an article on Conservative foreign policy under Hague, Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Howard and am planning to begin writing in the near future on Britain’s development aid programme.