I have more than a decade of experience undertaking historical research and publishing across multiple media from leading journals to successful online media. I have presented my work in Europe and North America and am active in initiatives for international collaboration. 

I was awarded a PhD in British Cultural History and Feminist Studies in 2010 from the University of California, where I was supervised by Erika Rappaport, a scholar of gender, consumerism, and globalisation. After my PhD, I was appointed the first Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Postdoctoral Fellow in British History at the University of Saskatchewan. I completed a two-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) postdoctoral fellowship. My SSHRC fellowship was sponsored by McGill University in Canada and was hosted in the UK by Birkbeck College, University of London. At Birkbeck, I am now a Research Fellow on a 2-year AHRC-funded comparative research project into the LGBTQ histories of Brighton, Leeds, Manchester and Plymouth.

I have published numerous journal articles, book chapters, encyclopedia articles, book reviews and pieces of popular writing on histories of sex, gender and sexuality; capitalism and consumer culture; social and cultural history; and popular culture and media. I have also been on the steering committees for conferences organised by the London Metropolitan Archives and LGBT History Month UK. I am a peer reviewer for Manchester University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Bloomsbury, Sexualities, History Compass, Journal of Policy History.


Postdoctoral Research Fellow (2016-2017)
Birkbeck College, University of London
• Archival and oral history research appointment for the AHRC-funded project ‘Sexualities and Localities’, researching England’s non-London LGBTQ histories with case studies in Manchester, Leeds, Plymouth and Brighton.

Lead Project Researcher (2015-2016)
Historic England and Leeds Beckett University
Public and digital history research appointment, including designing a crowd sourced map, managing social media and policy writing, for the Historic England initiative Pride of Place: England’s LGBTQ Heritage.

Honorary Research Fellow (2012-2015)
Birkbeck College, University of London
• Research appointment in support of monograph and public outreach activities with the Raphael Samuel History Centre

Postdoctoral Fellow in History (2012-14)
McGill University, Montreal, Canada
• Two-year fully-funded research fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada in support of book-length research project The Pink Pound: Capitalism and Homosexuality in Twentieth-Century Britain

Elizabeth and Cecil Kent Post Doctoral Fellow in History (2010-2012)
University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
• Research appointment in modern British cultural and gender history, and lecturer in twentieth-century European history

Seminar Instructor (2009)
University of California, Santa Barbara, California
• Teaching appointment in the history of women, gender, and sexuality in twentieth-century Europe


PhD, History and Feminist Studies, 2010
University of California, Santa Barbara
French Language Program, Université du Quèbec à Trois Rivières, 2005

MA, History, 2003
University of British Columbia 

BMgt, Management (Honours: Distinction), 2001
BA, History and German (Honours: Great Distinction), 2001
University of Lethbridge
German Language Program, Universität Leipzig, Herder Institut, 1999


‘The Pink Pound: Commerce and Homosexuality in Britain, 1900-1967’
Mentor: Dr. Erika Rappaport

Invited Talks and Conferences:

In addition to invited public talks about my research at the British Film InstituteBishopsgate Institute, Age Concern UK and others, I have given more than 30 conference papers, invited talks and seminars on social and cultural history, histories of gender and sexuality, popular culture, capitalism and social media at conferences and invited events in Britain, Germany, the United States and Canada.

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Project Details


July 2014

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