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Personal profile


PhD (King's College London), MA (King's College London), PGCE (Institute of Education, University of London), BA (Hons) (University of Cambridge

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; HEA ‘Transition to Leadership’ training 2021

Fellow of the Royal Historical Society

Research interests

  • periodicals, popular culture and book history

  • cultural geography and literary London

  • nineteenth-century literature including Charles Dickens and G.W.M. Reynolds

  • nineteenth-century print culture and visual culture

  • Victorian drama and theatre

  • nineteenth-century adventure fiction

  • nineteenth-century Black British history

I'm always delighted to hear from students wishing to pursue PhDs in any of these areas.

Research projects


Sept. 2021 - Dec. 2021: Linda H. Peterson Fellow, Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

Billy Waters, Periodicals, and Nineteenth-Century Popular Culture’

Jan. 2022 - April 2023: Leverhulme Research Fellowship

‘The Celebrated Billy Waters and the circulation of popular culture 1800-1860’


Upcoming projects:

Reynolds Reimagined: New Directions in GWM Reynolds Studies (2023)

Adventures in Ageing (under development)

I was awarded the 2016 Colby Prize for my monograph, 'Dickens, Reynolds and Mayhew on Wellington Street: The Print Culture of a Victorian Street'.


Consultancy work

Research Consultant to nineteenth-century historical fiction writers:

  • Anthony Horowitz, Moriarty (Orion: 2014) and Foyle’s War, Eleventh Hour Films;

  • Sam Christer House of Smoke (Sphere: 2015);

  • Jess Kidd, Things in Jars (Canongate: 2019) 

TV and Radio credits:

  • BBC 2 'Villages by the Sea'
  • BBC Radio Coventry
  • BBC Radio Bristol
  • BBC Radio Ulster
  • Foyles' War season 9 ep. 2 and 3



Victorian Literature

Children's Literature

Popular fiction

Print culture


Professional affiliations

GWM Reynolds Society (founding President)

Romantic Illustration Network (original facilitator)

Research Society for Victorian Periodicals (Executive Board Member)

British Association for Victorian Studies (BAVS): Executive Committee member 2010-14

North American Victorian Studies Association (NAVSA)

British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS)

American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR)



Watch my Colby Lecture at the 2016 Research Society for Victorian Periodicals international conference in Kansas City.

View Romantic Illustration Network website

View GWM Reynolds Society website

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