I studied for a BA in History and an MA in Historical Research at Lancaster University, before completing a PhD in History at Queen Mary University of London in 2013.From 2013-2015 I taught at Queen Mary University of London and the University of Birmingham. In 2014 I also worked at the University of Essex as a researcher on an oral history pilot project about the influence of National Service, run by Dr Peter Gurney and and Dr Matthew Grant. I returned to Essex in October 2015 as Senior Research Officeron the Leverhulme-funded oral history project 'National Service Life Stories'.
I am also one of the convenors of the Oral History Seminar at the Institute of Historical Research.
I am currently working with with Dr Peter Gurney and Dr Matthew Grant on a Leverhulme funded oral history project, 'National Service Life Stories'. I have also recently begun a small oral history project, 'The Bevin Boys: Masculinity and Memory', funded by an IHR Scouloudi Award. These interviews form part of the research for a monograph about military enlistment and masculinity in the Second World War that I am developing from my doctoral research.