Personal profile

Research overview

My PhD studies industrial communities in Central Fife from the 1940s–1990s, and asks how deindustrialisation intersected with broader changes in culture, mentalities and social life. I'm interested in how economic, political and social processes intersect, and in the relationship between global and local patterns of change. I conduct oral history interviews, and I'm interested in applying alternative methodologies to understand the the period of deindustrialisation, especially post-structuralist, Marxist feminist and decolonising lenses. I'm supervised by Dr Malcolm Petrie, Prof Jim Phillips and Dr Ewan Gibbs, and I am grateful to the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (AHRC) for fully funding my project.

From August–December 2022 I was a visiting scholar (PhD exchange) at the University of California, Berkeley, where I worked under the supervision of Prof James Vernon. My time in North America was fully funded by a grant from the SGSAH Visiting Doctoral Researcher fund. 

I have an article accepted for publication in Oral History, 52/2 (2024), based on my MLitt research.  

I've given a number of conference papers based on my research since starting my PhD in 2020. These have included at the Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) in Maine, the Oral History Society annual conference, the University of Oxford Oral History Seminar, the Institute for European Studies in Berkeley, California, and at the Deindustrialisation and the Politics of Our Time (DePOT) annual conferences in Bochum, Germany, and in Nova Scotia, Canada. 

I'm a research affiliate with the Deindustrialisation and the Politics of Our Time (DePOT) transnational project partnership based in Montreal, Canada. In 2022, I was part of a team that organised DePOT's Summer Institute conference in Hattingen, Germany. 

Before my PhD, I completed an MA (Hons) in Modern History at St Andrews in 2018, graduating with a First Class. I stayed at St Andrews for an MLitt in Modern History, where I graduated with a Distinction in 2019. I graduated in both years with the Dean's List award. 

Teaching activity

I teach on MO1008, Themes in Late Modern History, c.1776–2001