I joined the Department of Politics in September 2017, having finished my ESRC-funded PhD thesis at Queen Mary University of London. My thesis examined the causes of Conservative decline in Liverpool, and I am currently working on developing this into a monograph, before embarking o a multi-volume political history of the city, dating back to its founding in 1207.
Beyond Liverpool's political history I have also published widely on British party politics, specifically with regard to the voting behaviour and motivations of MPs in both the Conservative and Labour parties. My other research interests include political campaigning, the role of localised identities and their electoral salience, electoral patterns, and British politics more broadly. I am quantitatively trained and have had statistical work published in a range of leading journals such as BJPIR and JCMS.
I am a regular commentator on British politics, for both domestic and international audiences.
I would be happy to supervise potential candidates in all areas of British party politics, but especially in:
- The political and social history of Liverpool, or Merseyside more broadly
- Comparative local political history
- The history of local political parties
- Psephology, especially with regard to municipal elections or understudied elections
- Conservative Party history
- Electoral/campaigning strategies
- Local government and governance (both in the UK and abroad)
- Populism in a variety of contexts