I arrived to Swansea via Canada, where my training consisted of a number of quite separate specialities. My fields of interest and research are, first, Russian history, specifically imperial history, then, history of military thought and military culture, and finally European diplomatic history. This makes me a cultural historian with a special interest in war and international relations, who specialised in Russia. I wrote my dissertation about the origins of military culture in Russia, which I traced back to the reign of Catherine II, and my second monograph-length project will explore militarisation of culture and society under President Putin.
I am currently the admissions officer for War and Society and the convenor for the MA degree in War and Society.