My research examines popular politics in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with a particular focus on the spaces and places of protest in northern England. I am best known for my work on the Luddites, but I have also published on loyalism, the Swing rioters, political clothing and adornment, and the place of moors and fields in radical protest.
My first book was Loyalism and Radicalism in Lancashire, 1798-1815 (OUP, 2009) and I am currently working on my next monograph, Protest and the Politics of Space and Place, 1789-1848, to be published by Manchester UP. I enjoy experimenting with mapping with GIS, cultural geography and social movement theory. I am also involved in a project with Dr Robert Poole to digitise and transcribe the Home Office disturbance papers at the National Archives.
I come from Rochdale, Lancashire, and I read Modern History at St. John's College, Oxford. I taught at the universities of Oxford, Bath Spa and Edinburgh before joining Hertfordshire in 2009.