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I am a first generation political and social historian of eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain, with a particular interest in visual political culture and its relationship with, and representation of, lower order political participation. The themes of radicalism and sociability, and the ways in which said themes were depicted in visual culture underpin much of my work. Though I have a firm grounding in the practice of history, given the often visual nature of my research interests I am a proponent of interdisciplinary approaches and methodologies, drawing often from the fields of Art History, Semiotics, and English Literature. Within this framework, my research interests include: approaches to the use of visual culture in history; the parliamentary history of the Foxite Whigs; the practice and production of political caricature; the uses of visual culture during parliamentary elections; depictions of lower-order political engagement; the relationship between aristocratic and lower order political and social culture; ritualized practices of political contribution, such as political drinking and toasting; the growth and depictions of radicalism in the late eighteenth century; and the political and social function of extra-parliamentary sociability. Beyond the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, my visual culture interest are broad and I have utilised my methodological approaches, both through research and teaching, to compare the uses of visual culture during parliamentary elections from the 1780s up until the 1980s and the rise of televisual satire.

 

Many of the aforementioned themes and research interests are visible in my ongoing SWW DTP funded PhD thesis: ‘Radical socialites or Sociable Radicals? The Foxite Whigs in Caricature, 1780 – 1810’. The thesis charts the Foxites’ previously understudied political career through the lens of visual culture and is 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. Foxite-Plebeian, or lower order radicalism is a key component of my research, which I have successfully transplanted from my thesis and will be published in an upcoming article for Parliamentary History, which focusses on the lower order political activist and publican, Sam House. Beyond House and lower order political contribution, I have also submitted a chapter to an upcoming collection on political drinking in northern Europe (edited by Rémy Duthille and Martyn Powell) on the practice, rituals, and radical connotations of Foxite drinking and sociability. The Foxites’ relationship with Irish radicalism and radicals, namely the United Irishman, Arthur O’Connor, and his depictions in visual culture, also based on my thesis research 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, namely for the Institute of Historical Research: British History in the Long Eighteenth Century Seminar series.

Education/Academic qualification

The University of Bristol

Award Date: 29 Mar 2022

Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 4 Dec 2018

Aberystwyth University

Award Date: 21 Jun 2017

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