I am an historian of culture and belief, specialising in early modern Europe and especially the experience of the Reformation in the British Isles. I am particularly interested in visions of identity and personhood, of authority and emotion, and how we can perceive early modern visions of and reactions to these concepts in the religious discourse of the period.
I arrived at Liverpool in 2015, having previously taught at the Universities of Birmingham, Warwick and Gloucestershire. In addition to my specialist areas, my teaching interests include gender, puritan culture, witchcraft and the occult and religious persecution. I hold a BA and PhD from the University of Birmingham, where I studied under the supervision of Professor Alec Ryrie.
I have been twice re-elected General Secretary of the European Reformation Research Group, the UK’s principal forum for postgraduates and researchers working on all aspects of the religious history of early modern Europe. I was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 2016.