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.
In 2017 I won the Political Studies Association '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). For the 2021/22 academic year, I also convene the MA-level module POLI511 British Foreign Policy for the International Relations & Security MA and Contemporary Europe MA. I am also the module leader for the first year module POLI102 British Politics II.
My departmental responsibilities have included a four year term as 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 overseen the successful expansion of the politics doctoral school between 2020 and 2022, tripling the intake. Finally, I was a member of the 'Politics Leadership Team' between 2019 and 2022 which acts as the forum for strategic decision making and planning.
At present I am leading on the implementation of a new MA programme entitled Political Science and International Relations. This exciting new programme will launch in September 2022, whereby I will take on the role of Director of Studies. Alongside this, I will act as the Political Science Dissertation module leader (POLI531). I am also the External Examiner for the Department of International Studies at XJTLU, as well as the External Examiner for the Department of Politics at York St John.
I have also worked with various media organisations (such as BBC television/radio) to provide academically-informed expert analyses of political events/controversies within the UK, as well as via my Twitter. Please email me or contact the University media office if you would like to book me to appear.
Prizes or Honours
- Richard Rose Prize 2017 (Political Studies Association, 2017)
- Learning and Teaching Team Award (University of Liverpool, 2017)