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 Alphaville Records and I have played in several DIY and independent bands. I have published journalism on music and culture in publications including the Guardian, Loud & Quiet and Tribune.
My office hours for students are 3-5PM 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, 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 journalsits and editors, music papers and their readers within braoder 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, Youth and Society, 1968-1976.
I have 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.
I am interested in researching the relationship between understandings of popular music history and contemporary DIY music practice.<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 modules concerning culture, creativity and entrepreneurship in theory and practice; audience research; research methods; the cultural industries; and collaborative performance.
I also supervise MA dissertations that consider popular music, society and the cultural industries.