I started out as a historian of early modern religion and its interaction with politics, law, society, and the economy, and have written monographs on the Counter-Reformation in the Habsburg monarchy (OUP 2001), and on continental influences in the constitutional debates of the British Civil Wars (Duncker & Humblot, Berlin, 2009). I am currently Principal Investigator for an AHRC-funded collaborative project in early modern British history with the National Portrait Gallery London. My other main research projects deal with the economic and legal history of the Anglo-Scottish Union, c. 1750-1850, and the history of Civil Wars and their modern legacies. I would be delighted to supervise postgraduate theses that relate to any of my research interests, and am happy to advise on suitable topics. I have experience in working with the media, schools, and partner institutions in the UK, Europe, and the United States, and am interested in developing further collaborations with the public and private sector.
Current: Associate Professor in History. I studied General and Medieval History, Economic History, and German, at the universities of Bochum and Oxford. I gained a First Class with Distinction for my Joint Honours MA, was elected a Rhodes Scholar in 1991, and hold a D.Phil. in Modern History from Oxford University. From 1998 to 2003, I was Research Fellow at the German Historical Institute London, where I was editor of the journal Research on British History in the Federal Republic of Germany. From 2003-5, I was Lecturer in History at the University of Bochum. I joined Swansea in September 2005, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2010. I am a Council Member of the Society for Renaissance Studies, and a founder member of Swansea’s Centre on Digital Arts and Humanities (CODAH). In 2009, I was Helmut Coing Fellow at the German Max-Planck-Institute for Legal History in Europe and the Common Law World, and I have since retained my affiliation with the MPI.
Select recent conference papers and invited lectures:
'”Our Indies”? Conceptualising nationhood and ethnicity in the Counter-Reformation', Ioannou Centre, Oxford, 24 April 2015
'Law, finance, and landed property in eighteenth-century Scotland’, Leeds, 5 July 2013
'Landed property, enlightened reform, and the fiscal-military state in ancien régime Europe', Paris, Sorbonne-Panthéon, 2 July 2012