Primary research topics: transnational Anglo-Hellenic networks; Reformation history; early modern England; martyrdom; parish history.
I am currently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the History Department. My project analyses transnational Anglo-Hellenic networks, c.1500-c.1650, exploring how the Reformations and globalisation shaped English contacts with and constructions of Greeks and Greek Christianity.
Previously, I was the principal investigator for Victoria County History's project on the parish of Cradley (Herefordshire), and am lead author of the forthcoming volume Cradley: A Parish History.
I did my BA in History at Oxford University, and completed my ESRC-funded PhD in History at Warwick University. My PhD thesis, entitled ‘Martyrs’ Blood in Reformation England’, analysed rhetorics and constructions of martyrs’ blood in English texts, c.1520 to c.1625. It argued that, despite superficial similarities, Protestants and Catholics had very different understanding of martyrdom. I suggest that examining these differences highlights critical, and understudied, chasms between the confessional worldviews, for example with regards to conceptions of time, space, and matter. I am now developing my thesis for publication as a monograph, entitled Belief in Blood: Constructions of Martyrdom in Reformation England.