I joined the Department of History at King’s in 2021 as a Lecturer (Education) in Twentieth-Century American History. I did my BA, MPhil, and PhD at the University of Cambridge, where I was also a Junior Research Fellow. I’ve held other fellowships at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, and at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- American history since c.1900
- Political, cultural, and intellectual history
- Media and communications studies
- Democracy and democratic theory
- US foreign policy and international history
I’m a historian of the United States in the twentieth century. My research focuses on the relationship between politics and the media, with particular interests in debates about democracy and public opinion. My current book project is an intellectual biography of the journalist and democratic theorist Walter Lippmann (under contract with Princeton University Press). My next project will explore the history of publicizing corruption in modern America, from muckraking journalism to the Watergate crisis (a pilot article from this project has been published in the Historical Journal).
- “Journalism and Corruption in Chicago, 1912-1931,” Historical Journal (forthcoming in print; published online January 2022).
- "Rethinking the Scopes Trial: Cultural Conflict, Media Spectacle, and Circus Politics," Journal of American Studies 56, No. 1 (2022): 142-66.
- "New Histories of American Newspapers," Historical Journal 63, No. 5 (2020): 1390-1400.
- "Democracy and Expertise in the Lippmann-Terman Controversy," Modern Intellectual History 16, No. 2 (2019): 561-92.
- "Dr. Billy Taylor, 'America's Classical Music,' and the Role of the Jazz Ambassador," Journal of American Studies 51, No. 1 (2017): 117-39.
I teach undergraduate modules in twentieth-century American history and research methods. I’m an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Expertise and public engagement
I’ve written reviews and essays about American history for the TLS, Dissent, Prospect, the Daily Beast, the US Intellectual History Blog, and the Los Angeles Review of Books.