I am a Post-doctoral Fellow and Tutor in History. Since 2017, I have and writing a book on Swansea University's history to mark its forthcoming centenary in 2020. In conjunction with more traditional forms of research, this involves co-ordinating and undertaking a large oral history project as well as speaking to various groups and societies from the local community and the wider region. I also lecture and tutor on several undergraduate and postgraduate courses within the department, concentrating generally on the politics of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and, in particular, the politics, society and culture of post-1945 Britain.

I was born and raised in Pembrokeshire, and studied my BA and MA degrees in History at Cardiff University. I came to Swansea University in 2013 to research and write a Ph.D. thesis on the Conservative Party in Wales, 1945-1997, which was fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and much of the research for which was conducted in Oxford and in local record offices across the country. I have written several academic, newspaper and think-tank articles based on this work and I am also a regular contributor to the Welsh and British broadcast media on the subjects of historic and contemporary politics.

Areas of Expertise

  • Britain since 1945
  • British politics since 1945
  • The history of the Conservative Party
  • Wales since 1945
  • Universities since 1945
  • Oral history

Publications

  1. Women in the organisation of the Conservative Party in Wales, 1945–1979. Women's History Review, 1-21.

Teaching

  • HIH124 Modern British History

    This module explores the broad sweep of the history of the United Kingdom since its modern creation in 1801. It brings together different approaches from political, economic, social and cultural history to consider the different ways the history of a nation can be studied. At the module's heart are questions of what constitutes a nation and the extent to which British society can be considered to be unified.

  • HIH3300 History Dissertation

    The History dissertation is a free-standing, 40-credit module that runs across both semesters of Level Three. Candidates conduct research upon a subject of their choice, devised in consultation with a member of staff teaching for the degrees in History, and concerning a topic that falls within staff research and teaching interests.