• Who am I?

    Who am I?

    My research revolves around human conflict. This covers struggles between and within nations, religions, ideological groups and also more one-sided instances of persecution and enslavement.
    I am interested in the causes, conduct and, hopefully, the ultimate resolution of such conflicts. I also pursue related themes, such as technology and warfare and the military use and treatment of animals. I am inquisitive, bookish and freethinking. Away from work, I generally like to be on a horse or rolling dice.

    Why do I teach?

    I am committed to the study of history by my belief in the integral worth of the discipline. History has been a major contributor to human knowledge over the last 2500 years. History develops students into rigorous thinkers and fluent communicators. As a subject it produces open-minded, reflective and empathetic individuals, tolerant of difference, adaptable and humane in their values.

    Words of wisdom

    History is the story of humankind. What more important story is there than that?

    How I’ll teach you

    As a teacher I aim to be: enthusiastic; supportive and a little provocative...

    I strive to keep students interested and well-motivated, through engaging and thought-provoking lectures and seminars. By using role-play or dissecting an original document, I hope to encourage analytical thinking, challenging ideas and an appetite for research. I constantly remind students about the importance of reading. So pick up a book!

  • Academic Biography

    Other academic service (administration and management)

    Head of History Section

    Faculty Timetable 'Champion.'

  • Teaching & Research Supervision

    Undergraduate courses

    The Rise of Persecuting Society

    Empires in World History

    American Ordeal: The United States in the era of Civil War and Reconstruction

    Europe in Turmoil 1900-1939

    Constructing A New World: Early Modern Europe

    Europe, Nazism & War 1930-1950

    Edwardian Britain & the First World War

  • Research Expertise, Publications & Grants

    Research expertise

    European and American military history 1450-1920; Nineteenth-century American social and political history, especially the civil war and slavery; computer applications for historians; genocide & persecution