I am a historian of modern Europe with particular interests in modern French history and war. I am a graduate of Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, the University of Leeds, and Royal Holloway, University of London. Prior to my appointment at Strathclyde, I was Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Durham and then Lecturer in Modern European History at the University of Edinburgh. Before moving into an academic career, I worked for a major financial services firm in London, specialising in Corporate Tax.
My first research project explored the memory of the Franco-Prussian War. My book, Under the Shadow of Defeat: The War of 1870-71 in French Memory (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008), is the first wide-ranging analysis of how memories of the Franco-Prussian War shaped French political culture and identities, and analyses the first widespread war remembrance in Europe. This research was funded with grants from the AHRC, Royal Historical Society, University of London Central Research Fund, and Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
I am currently completing a book entitled Vichy's Double Bind: France's Axis Entanglements and Relations with Fascist Italy, 1940-1943. My research analyses relations between Vichy France and Fascist Italy at government level and locally in south-eastern France, Corsica and North Africa, and the Italian occupation of France. This project seeks to shift the focus of historical investigation away from analyses of collaboration and resistance that are conceived exclusively in Franco-German terms. This research has been funded by grants from the British Academy and the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland.
I am currently working on a two-year project funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 'Relations between Britain and France in World War Two'. This is part of a wider project on Britain and France in War and Peace and has involved collaborations with the British Embassy in Paris, the French Embassy in London, the Institut Français d’Ecosse and the Institut Français du Royaume-Uni.
I am also co-editing a volume entitled A Fascist Decade of War? 1935-45 in International Perspective, with Dr Marco Maria Aterrano (Naples), which is due to be published by Routledge.
My research blog on the history of modern France at war can be found at: http://francehistory.wordpress.com/
I am School of Humanities Postgraduate Research (PGR) Director for History and Modern Languages. I welcome postgraduate applications in any areas of modern French history, and nineteenth and twentieth-century European history.
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. I am currently the Treasurer of the Society for the Study of French History.
I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, a panel member for History for the AHRC SGSAH and a pathway representative for Economic and Social History for the ESRC SGSSS.