Subject area: Cultural Studies
I am an interdisciplinary scholar with research interests in cultural geography, intellectual history, historical geography and urban studies. I teach the interdisciplinary British Studies courses at the BISC, and I always enjoy introducing students to Britain’s diverse culture, history, society and politics. Working with small groups means I can tailor my teaching to suit students’ interests and passions.
The BISC is a fantastic place from which to study all aspects of British culture. The Castle is well-located for visiting London and other vibrant and historic cities in South East England such as Brighton and Canterbury. It is also just a few miles from the South Downs National Park, which is a fascinating example of a quintessentially British landscape. When I lead ELOs to key sites in urban and rural Britain, I support students in producing their own independent research projects. For example, I have encouraged students to share their research through ‘Instagram post’ assignments. I am also experienced using various archives and can assist students who want to use the diverse research repositories in London and the South East.
I have published my research in journals such as Global Intellectual History and Emotion, Space and Society. Much of my focus has been on eighteenth-century Scotland, and my book Mapping Enlightenment: Edinburgh’s Geographies, 1770–1810 is due out in 2019. I am also interested in contemporary popular culture, and my recent research has involved listening to 21st-century pop music to better understand urban heritage and suburban identities.
I can supervise students interested in any area of cultural studies, human geography and/or history. Specifically, I invite students to study subjects such as:
- British urban studies
- Cultural geographies of the British landscape
- Creative and critical heritage studies
- Eighteenth-century philosophy and literature
- Histories and legacies of the British Empire
- Pop music and popular culture
I have contacts at:
- Museums and galleries in London, including the Victoria & Albert museum
- The South Downs National Park Authority, plus various cultural and historical institutions within the Park
- Archives and resource centres at the University of Sussex
I would also be delighted to supervise projects based on Herstmonceux Castle’s own archives.