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Teaching Commitments: I am on research leave during the 2014-15 academic year but look forward to returning to undergraduate teaching this autumn.
I graduated in History from the University of York in 1978, and then from Sussex University (MA in Modern European Social History, 1979, and DPhil, 1984). I joined the University of Leeds in 1983, working at an adult education centre the University ran in Middlesbrough. In 1994 I transferred to the University's main campus, but continued to specialise in adult education as a member of the School of Continuing Education (where, among other things, I was the Chair, 2002-05).
I joined the School of History in 2005. It is a great place for a specialist in British social, and local and regional, history. The Brotherton Library is one of the very best in the UK for these fields, and elsewhere in Leeds and Yorkshire there are many major resources for historical research.
My research interests are varied but centre on British popular culture and politics, primarily in the nineteenth century. For further details click on Research in the menu to the left.
- Past Chair of the Social History Society
- Vice-President of the Society for the Study of Labour History
Member of the Editorial Board of Cultural & Social History
Member of the Editorial Board of Llafur: the Journal of Welsh Peoples History
- Formerly Editor of Labour History Review
- Formerly Honorary Editor for the Cleveland & Teesside Local History Society
Member of the judging panel for the Yorkshire History Prize
I am also the archivist for the York Musical Society (http://www.yorkmusicalsociety.org.uk/), one of the oldest choral societies in England
I am a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and also of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) and the Higher Education Academy.