I am a cultural historian of 19th and 20th century Britain and Ireland, which I approach using postcolonial and queer methodologies. At the broadest level, I am interested in collectives: how people join and form communities, and how they remake their own worlds through activism, art, and experiments in living.
I’ve written about Irishness in the aftermath of the Irish Revolution, the nature of historical queerness and transness, and the international circulation of ideas about economic co-operation. I’m currently working on an intellectual history of queer kinship.
I am a Senior Lecturer in the History Department at the University of Birmingham, where I’m also the Director of the Modern British Studies Centre. I earned my PhD from Brown University and spent several years working in the History & Literature program at Harvard University. My personal pronouns are they/them/theirs.
I am the author of two books:
The Mutual Admiration Society: How Dorothy L. Sayers and Her Oxford Circle Remade the World for Women (November 2019, Basic Books [US] & Little, Brown [UK]). Buy the US edition from Powells, indiebound, Barnes & Noble, or your preferred shop or online retailer. Buy the UK edition from hive, Wordery, Waterstones, or your preferred shop or online retailer.