I joined the University of Leeds as a Teaching Fellow in January 2020.
I obtained my PhD in History from the University of Sheffield in 2013 before undertaking postdoctoral appointments at University College London (2015 and 2017) and the University of Wolverhampton (2018). I have also been a Visiting Lecturer in Music at the University of Salford.
I am a musician signed to a DIY label and I have played in several bands who have been featured in international press, radio and have appeared live in session on BBC6 Music. I have published journalism on music and culture in publications including the Guardian, Loud & Quiet and Tribune.
My office hours for students are 2.30–4.30pm on Wednesday, please email in advance to book a meeting.
My research considers the relationship between institutions in the music industry, popular music audiences, musical practice, journalism, politics, culture and society. Published by Palgrave Macmillan as part of their Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change Series in 2019, my book Permissive Social Change and Youth in the British Music Press, 1967–1983 is the first scholarly history of the music press that locates journalists and editors, music papers and their readers within broader debates about youth culture, the cultural industries and ‘permissiveness’. I am currently researching and writing a second book, Social Parasites in Hell’s Field?: Pop Festivals, British Politics and Society, 1968–1976.
I have previously researched the history of British cinema-going in the 1960s and published journal articles that consider cinema-going in relation to youth, counterculture and social change.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- PhD History
- MA Twentieth Century British Cultural History
- BA (Hons) History & Politics
- Subcultures Network
I teach and have taught modules concerning theoretical approaches to culture and creativity; audience research; music and culture festivals; arts and activism; cultural policy; research methods; the cultural industries; and collaborative performance.
I also supervise MA dissertations that typically analyse popular music, society and the cultural industries.