- Primary position:
- Senior Lecturer in History
- Other positions:
- Deputy Director of Programmes; SSLC Chair
I studied at the University of Essex under the supervision of Professor Anthony Fletcher and my research was on the construction of narratives of sexual violence in England from the 17th to early 19th centuries. It used both legal records and petitions for charity to examine how stories of rape were shaped and were changing over time. I also held Lecturing posts at the University of Essex and the University of Warwick before moving to Southampton. My interest in stories of sexual violence has developed into broader research on uncovering histories of groups that are largely absent from the historical record: including, gay and lesbian history, the history of childhood and gypsies/travellers.
The University of Southampton's electronic library (e-prints)
My previous work on sexual violence against women across the long eighteenth century is being published as a monograph by Manchester University Press. In addition I have been working on perceptions of and the treatment of the crime of sodomy in eighteenth-century provincial England and also a chapter for a edited book with Palgrave on marginal groups in early modern society which examines the construction of the stereotype of gypsies as criminals in eighteenth-century England. I have recently presented conference papers on 'female-husbands' in eighteenth century England and the trial of Colonel Francis Charteris, an eighteenth-century sexual scandal which have developed out of research interests into deviant sexualities.
I am a Chair of the Sexuality Network at the biennial European Social Science History Conference (ESSHC) and a list editor for the History of Sexuality H-Net discussion forum.
I am able to offer research supervision in any area of English social and cultural history across the long eighteenth century. In particular I am interested in projects on Gender and Sexuality, Crime and Punishment and Childhood.
I am currently supervising doctoral students on 'Gang crimes and moral panics in Eighteenth-Century England', 'The Eighteenth-Century Embroidery Trade' and 'The Clothing of the Verney Family'.
I currently teach the following MA modules:
ENGL6112 Approaches to the Long Eighteenth Century
HIST6048 English Social and Cultural Life in the Long Eighteenth Century
I currently teach the following undergraduate modules:
HIST1022 Childhood and Youth in Early Modern Society
HIST2009 Gender, Sexuality and the Social Order 1500-1750
HIST3121 Alternative Sexualities
HIST3075 Crime and Punishment in England, 1688-1840 (Part 1)
HIST3076 Crime and Punishment in England, 1688-1840 (Part 2)