I am a Senior Lecturer in History at Canterbury Christ Church University, I have previously administered to the British Studies exchange study programme for the School of Humanities and served as programme director for Levels 5/6 for History. I presently serve as Director of Recruitment and Marketing for the School and sit on the School Board.
I previously worked and studied at the University of Warwick, and completed a PhD and post-doctoral fellowship at that institution in 2013. I am broadly interested in early modern social and cultural history, particularly of England, in poverty, mobility, and inequalities, and also in comparative and Atlantic history and historiography for a similar period. I am best positioned to work on the period between 1600 and 1800, but can broadly be considered an early modernist historian.
I am presently in the early stages of a new book project: a history of 'ending' poverty in the British Atlantic world, c. 1600-1848, and intend to cover material ranging from utopian imaginings to colonial displacement and architectural and environmental design.
I am presently teaching:
Renaissance, Reformation, Revolution in the early modern world, 1450-1750.
(Guest) Divided By a Common Language: Culture and Society in Britain and the USA.
Altantic Americas: Commerce, Domination and Resistance in the Atlantic World, 1450-1800
The History Extended Essay
Poverty, Prostitution, and Plague: The Problems of English Society, 1600-1800
I supervise numerous undergraduate dissertations, and currently work with several research postgraduates, who are conducting work on numeracy in Kent, Restoration politics and party propaganda, and Economies of transactional sex in early modern Kent and London. I am happy to discuss graduate supervision of projects that cover social, cultural, and political themes across the Atlantic world and the three kingdoms (UK, Scotland, Wales) from 1500 to 1800.
Research and knowledge exchange
James Dursley (Mres): 'Sovereignty in Print': Censorship, Political Theory and Political Opinion During the Interregnum'
(Second supervisor with Jackie Eales) Cheryl Periton (PhD): 'The Development of Numeracy and Early Education in Kent, 1550-1700’
On the move in Kent, c. 1600-1800: GiS Mapping of Settlement Cases as professional and public resource (British Academy bid in 2017)
Teaching and subject expertise
Broadly: the social and cultural history of early modern England and the Atlantic World, 1500-1800.
- Poverty, Vagrancy, social and economic inequality.
- Migration and mobility, rural demography
- Popular culture and popular literature
- New Historicist literary critique
- Social and Historical Geography
- Utopias, social dreaming, and social justice in history
Indicative Recent Papers:
4-6 January 2017: ‘Moving the Vagrant Body: Conveyance, Transportation and Impressment in the English Long Eighteenth Century’ at The British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Conference, Oxford.
6-7 June 2016: ‘To Laugh at the Homeless: vagrancy, jest, and disability in ‘unsentimental’ early modern England’, at ‘The Abnormal Renaissance: Queers, Crips, and Rogues in Early Modern Europe’, the Dahlem Humanities Center at the Freie Universität Berlin.
29 October 2015: Invited Speaker, ‘Masterless Women: The Changing Faces of Vagrancy in English Culture and Society, 1650-1750’ at the Warwick History Department early modern research seminar series, Coventry.
2-3 July 2015: ‘He is the Vagabond without Habitation in the Lord: Vagrancy and Quakerism after Collinson’s Second Reformation’, at ‘After Iconophobia: Patrick Collinson’s Iconoclasm to Iconophobia, thirty years on’, Stratford-Upon-Avon.
26 May 2014: ‘The Dark side of Satire: Vagrancy and laughter in early modern England’ at Laughter and Satire in Europe, 1500-1800, at the University of Warwick Palazzo, Venice.
23 May 2014: The Folger Library Institute faculty research weekend series, ‘Rogues, Gypsies and early modern outsiders’, led by David Cressy.
Publications and research outputs
My Monograph is published with Bloomsbury, entitled Vagrancy in English Culture and Society, 1650-1750.
'He is the Vagabond without habitation in the Lord': The Representation of Quakerism as Vagrancy in Protectorate England, 1650-1660', Cultural and Social History (Forthcoming 2018)
----- ‘A Typology of Travellers: Migration, Justice, and Vagrancy in Warwickshire, 1670-1730.’ Rural History, Vol. 23, No. 1 (March, 2012); pp. 21-39.
----- ‘Poverty in the Early Modern English Atlantic’, in Trevor Burnard (ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History (New York: Oxford University Press, Available Online), www.oxfordbibliographies.com
----- ‘Introduction: Poverty and Mobility in England, 1600-1850’, in David Hitchcock (Guest Editor), ‘Idle and Disorderly Persons’, a Rural History Special Issue (Forthcoming in April 2013).