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I am a historian of early modern material culture and confessional politics, focused on Catholicism in England after the Reformation.

My Office Hours are in the Samuel Alexander Building (W 2.08):

Thursdays        11:00-12:00

Fridays             14:00-15:00

As Digital Profile Manager of the Tudor & Stuart Seminar at the IHR, I am responsible for their Twitter engagement, and as a regular attendee would be keen to support any Manchester PhD student in publicising their work in London.


I studied for a BA in History at the University of Warwick, going into the Heritage Industry for a few years before deciding to return to academic study in 2014. After completing an MA in History at Royal Holloway, focusing on Material Culture and the Early Modern period, I became a AHRC-funded PhD student in the History department at King's College London, where I was supervised by Dr Lucy Wooding (now of Lincoln College, Oxford) and Prof. Laura Gowing.

After completing a doctorate at KCL and achieving a Fellowship of the HEA as a Seminar Tutor there, I am now Lecturer in Early Modern Studies here at Manchester, as Dr Stefan Hanss pursues his Leverhulme Research.

Research interests

My research focuses on the politics of Catholic material culture in England, during and after the Elizabethan Reformation in England, in a wide range of early modern political contexts: from dynastic and diplomatic affairs to parish politics, the legal system, and the home. I am particularly interested in material things as part of an interconnected network of resources, key to strategies of political expression and identity formation.

My thesis focused on a crucial period of transformation from the Elizabethan Settlement to the early Stuarts within England, and I am converting this into a monograph which contrasts the English experience with those of Scotland and Wales. I am interested in taking my focus on British Catholicism further forward into the Civil War and beyond, into the twentieth century, to consider the changing attitudes to the Catholic community within Britain, in the context of overseas expansion, and the afterlives of the Reformation.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Subversion, Resistance and Loyalty: The Politicisation of Catholic Material Culture in Post-Reformation England, 1559-c.1625, King's College London


Award Date: 1 Sept 2020

Master of Arts, Royal Holloway, University of London


Bachelor of Arts, History (Hons.), The University of Warwick



  • History
  • Early Modern
  • Material Culture
  • Catholicism
  • Reformation
  • Politics


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