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School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 488909
I am a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies in the School of Education. I joined the School as Research Fellow, in 2007, before becoming a Senior Lecturer in 2009. I teach on the BA Education Studies, on the MA Education, and also supervise doctoral students. My key research and teaching interests relate to the history of education and childhood, with a focus on themes of secularism, and war and peace. I am one of three editors of a peer-reviewed journal, History of Education. I currently serve on the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Research Grants Committee, and am research group lead of the School of Education's 'Humanistic Perspectives' research group.
I teach mainly on the BA Education Studies and MA Education programmes, teaching historically and sociologically informed content within a number of modules, and research methods. I also supervise dissertations at MA level.
My academic background is as a historian, and much of my research falls within the history of education and childhood. I have focused predominantly on the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, examining moral education and citizenship, and local studies of education and welfare. My publications cover both my funded research and historical projects, and a monograph - Morality and Citizenship in English Schools. Secular Approaches, 1897-1944 was published by Palgrave Macmillan earlier in 2017. Current research projects focus on young people, war and peace, both historically through research into organisations that promoted peace among young people from the 1920s to the 1960s, and in the present day through research into remembrance in schools.
Funded research and consultancy projects
Current research projects:
‘"Our Future [British] Citizens"? Secular Approaches to Teaching Values in the Early Twentieth Century’, BERA History SIG Annual Colloquium (Teaching British Values), 7 July 2017 (invited keynote speaker).
‘Secularism and Character Formation in English Schools 1897-c.1923’, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues seminar series, University of Birmingham, 8 March 2017 (invited speaker).
'"A world where their descendents enjoy all that they set out to secure". The League of Nations Union and Armistice Commemoration, 1919-1939'. History of Education Society/ANZHES Annual Conference, Great Malvern, November 2016.