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Academic Background

I completed my Bachelor's Degree in History at the University of Leicester, before moving on to the University of York for an MA in Modern History (focusing on narratives of Abolitionism). Before my PhD, I worked for several years in London for a multitude of organisations, most recently at the Electoral Reform Society. My PhD - which I completed at the University of Leeds - engaged with concepts of storytelling as a means of political engagement (especially between parliaments and citizens). 

Key Research Interests and Expertise

I have a strong interest in narrative and interpretivist theories, as well as the process of storytelling. Much of my work has focused on parliaments and other formal political institutions; specifically, the ways in which they are perceived by citizens (and by their own staff). More broadly, I study political engagement, voter behaviour, party alignment, political activism, and myriad other ways in which citizens connect to 'politics'. In addition I'm always keen to discuss 20th century history and ideology (especially in the case of the Soviet Union).