I teach and research the 20th century history of Wales and Britain. I am particularly interested in questions of identity and popular culture and I've published various books and articles that look at popular sports, obscure sports, national identity, histiography, disasters and local government.
My last book was Christmas and the British: A Modern History (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). It looked at the social, cultural and economic history of the festival from 1914 to the present day.
My other books include: Wales since 1939 (Manchester University Press, 2012). This was the first major survey of Wales in this period and has a particular emphasis on social history and national identity.
I am currently working on projects on the history of:
- Wales and the Second World War
- Baldness and masculinity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
- The social history of boxing
- History in Welsh culture
I am a regular contributor on history, sport and politics to the Welsh print and broadcast media.