I joined the Department of Politics as Lecturer in British Politics in 2015, and later Senior Lecturer from 2018. Prior to joining Liverpool I was a Research and Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds (POLIS) with particular focus on British Foreign Policy and British Political Ideologies. My PhD was supervised by Prof Brendan Evans and Prof Jim McAuley (Huddersfield), which was examined by Prof Andrew Thorpe (Leeds) and Prof Keith Laybourn (Huddersfield).
My research, which specialises in political communication, Parliamentary behaviour, and UK political institutions, has appeared in 25+ world leading international journals; ten (co)-authored/edited books; and 10+ chapters for academic collections.
I am the co-convenor (with Sophia Hatzisavvidou, Bath) of the Political Studies Association (PSA) Specialist Group in 'Rhetoric, Discourse, and Politics'. In 2017 I won the prestigious PSA 'Richard Rose Prize' for my "doubly pioneering" methodologies into the study of British Politics. In the same year I also won a Learning and Teaching Team award, as well as a commendation for public engagement with the Europe and the World Centre.
I am also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a Fellow of the HEA Advance-HE having completed a qualification in Professional Higher Education Practice. In 2021, I also completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Academic Practice (Merit), and to enhance my professional development further, I am also undertaking an MA in Academic Practice with a particular focus on leadership and teaching innovations within political studies.
My teaching uses the latest research on communication/language as the basis for my two specialist modules (POLI252 Political Communication and Public Speaking, and POLI323 Theory and Practice of Rhetoric in British Politics). I also convene the MA-level module POLI511 British Foreign Policy, and the POLI531 Political Science Dissertation Module.
Currently I am the Chair of the HLC Board of Examiners, the Departmental Lead for Postgraduate Teaching, and the Director of Studies for the MA in Political Science and International Relations. Here is a short information video presenting a basic overview of the Political Science & IR MA programme and the module options available.
Prior to this, my departmental responsibilities have included a four year term as Politics' Curriculum Lead (2016-2020) whereby I worked with colleagues to oversee the reform and expansion of the undergraduate politics curriculum through embedding authentic assessments, global citizenship, digital skills, student confidence, research connected teaching and digital skills across our existing and new module provision. I have also acted as the Postgraduate Research Lead for politics doctoral research whilst simultaneously developing new postgraduate taught programmes between 2020 and 2022. Finally, I was a member of the 'Politics Leadership Team' between 2019 and 2022 which acted as the forum for strategic decision making and planning.
I have also acted as the External Examiner for the Department of International Studies at XJTLU, and the External Examiner for the Department of Politics at York St John.
In terms of my media engagement, I have appeared on BBC television/radio to provide academically-informed expert analyses of political events/controversies within the UK. Please contact me directly or via the University media office if you would like to book me to appear on topics relating to British Politics, Conservatism, Labourism, Liberalism, or wider issues of party leadership across the UK.
My social media accounts can be found on Twitter and Mastodon.
Prizes or Honours
- Richard Rose Prize (Political Studies Association, 2017)
- Learning and Teaching Team Award (University of Liverpool, 2017)