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- Dept of History
- Faculty of S&HS
I spent the first eighteen years of my life in Newport, South Wales, before leaving to study History and Politics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. I continued my studies there, finishing my D.Phil. in History in 2011. I then taught for a year at Pembroke College, Oxford, before taking up my present post in the History Department here at UCL.
My principal research interest is US history with a particular focus on politics, diplomacy, imperialism and culture during the nineteenth century. I'm especially interested in the evolution of US foreign policy during this period and the ways in which it was shaped and re-shaped by both internal politics and external influences. I'm also interested in nationalism, imperialism and historiography, and the stories that people past and present have chosen to tell about their histories.
I teach the nineteenth and twentieth century survey courses in US history. In addition I teach an MA module at the Institute of the Americas entitled 'The United States and the World, 1783-1900', which draws on recent historiography to examine the way that contemporaries and historians have theorised the United States’ place in global affairs