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Research interests

I am a first generation political, social, and cultural historian of Britain and Europe in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. I have particular research interests in:

  • Parliamentary History
  • Visual Culture and Caricature
  • Radicalism
  • Sociability
  • Drinking Studies
  • Associational Culture
  • Electoral Culture
  • Lower-order and Aristocratic Culture
  • Health Humanities
  • The Foxite Whigs

My current research includes, a major interdisciplinary project exploring the relationship between alcohol, politics, and the body in the late eighteenth century. A chapter entitled ‘Getting a Little “Bosky”: The Foxite Whigs, Political Drinking and Visual Culture’, for a Palgrave collection entitled: Political Drinking In Britain, Ireland, and Northern Europe, 1700-1850 (in-press) and edited by Martyn Powell (Bristol) and Rémy Duthille (Université Bordeaux Montaigne); a chapter for a Boydell collection edited by Elaine Chalus (Liverpool) and Matthew Grenby (Newcastle) in association with the major AHRC project Eighteenth Century Political Participation and Electoral Culture (ECPPEC), exploring the role and depiction of electoral ‘treating’ during parliamentary elections (in-press); and a chapter for an interdisciplinary Medical Humanities collection exploring the impact and depiction of alcohol on the life and career of Richard Brinsley Sheridan (in-preparation).

Other works include articles exploring the career, lives, and output of the artists Thomas Rowlandson (European Comic Art), William Dent, and James Sayers. The latter is supported by a Royal Historical Society ECR Grant. The Foxites’ relationship with Irish radicalism and radicals, namely the United Irishman, Arthur O’Connor, and his depictions in visual culture, will form the basis for a future co-authored article with Professor Martyn Powell. Aside from disseminating my research through journal articles and book chapters, I have delivered academic papers in association with: The Institute of Historical Research; The History of Parliament Trust; the AHRC ECPECC project; the Landau-Paris Symposia on the Eighteenth Century; and the international Drinking Studies Network.

Previous works and projects include, an AHRC South, West & Wales DTP Postdoctoral Fellowship, in which I developed my PhD thesis into a monograph proposal entitled: Radical Sociability; and an AHRC South, West & Wales DTP funded PhD. My thesis: ‘Radical socialites or Sociable Radicals? The Foxite Whigs in Caricature, 1780 – 1810’, charted the Foxites’ previously understudied political career through the lens of visual culture. It was organized thematically based on the distinct strains of Foxite radicalism spanning from Fox’s first forays into office in the 1780s; through the radicalism of the French Revolution, Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars; up until Fox’s death and the demise of his faction by the early nineteenth century. During my doctoral research I developed a framework for the study of sociability, and I introduced the concepts of ‘Insular’ and ‘Porous’ sociability. Foxite-Plebeian radicalism was a key component of my PhD research, which I successfully transplanted into an article for Parliamentary History, and which focussed on the lower order political activist and publican, Sam House. 

Education/Academic qualification

Radical Socialites, or Sociable Radicals? The Foxite Whigs in caricature, 1783-1806., The University of Bristol

Award Date: 29 Mar 2022

Re-Examining Rowlandson: The Political Caricatures of Thomas Rowlandson, 1780-1824, Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 4 Dec 2018

A Dent in Fox's Armour: William Dent's Depictions of Charles James Fox, 1783 - 1793, Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 21 Jun 2017

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